Monday, October 25, 2010

Deconstructing Led Zeppelin

There's a lady who's sure 
All that glitters is gold 
And she's buying a stairway to heaven 

(First Date- Everything is shiny and new)

When she gets there she knows 
If the stores are all closed 
With a word she can get what she came for 

(That first special "sleep over"- you are prepared)

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh 
And she's buying a stairway to heaven 

(No sleep during the "sleep over")

There's a sign on the wall 
But she wants to be sure 
'Cause you know sometimes words have 
Two meanings 

(The commitment talk, you are happy she's happy)

In a tree by the brook 
There's a songbird who sings 
Sometimes all of our thoughts are 

(The proposal, the quest for the perfect spot, perfect words)

Ooh, it makes me wonder 
Ooh, it makes me wonder 

(Your friends put the fear in you...)

There's a feeling I get 
When I look to the west 
And my spirit is crying 
For leaving 

(The night before the Big Day, are you ready?)

In my thoughts I have seen 
Rings of smoke through the trees 
And the voices of those 
Who stand looking 

(Wedding Day!)

Ooh, it makes me wonder 
Ooh, it really makes me wonder 

(Wedding Night)

And it's whispered that soon 
If we all call the tune 
Then the piper will lead us to reason

(The stick is pink)

And a new day will dawn 
For those who stand long 
And the forests will 
Echo with laughter 

(You are a Father!)

Oh, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, ooh, whoa, oh 

(The first night with your new baby)

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow 
Don't be alarmed now 
It's just a spring clean 
For the May queen 

("Sorry guys, I have to baby proof the house")

Yes, there are two paths you can go by 
But in the long run 
There's still time to change 
The road you're on 

(Saving for your child's future, time to sell the sports car.)

And it makes me wonder
Aw, uh, oh

Your head is humming and it won't go 
In case you don't know 
The piper's calling you to join him 

(Doctor says "Time to give up the hoagies")

Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow? 
And did you know 
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind?

(Mid-life already?) 


(Too late for that...)

And as we wind on down the road 
Our shadows taller than our soul 
There walks a lady we all know 
Who shines white light and wants to show 
How everything still turns to gold 
And if you listen very hard 
The truth will come to you at last 
When all are one and one is all 
To be a rock and not to roll

(You realize that even with all the highs and lows, the pressures and jubilation, the insecurities and the elation, you are right where you want to be, embracing the love you have for your family and as a father, you need to be the rock and must not roll...)

And she's buying a stairway 
To heaven...

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