Robert Plant says he can no longer relate to Led Zeppelin's Stairway To Heaven

Robert Plant
Robert Plant (Image credit: Dave J Hogan - Getty)

Robert Plant (opens in new tab) says he can no longer relate to the lyrical content of Led Zeppelin (opens in new tab)’s classic track Stairway To Heaven (opens in new tab).

The vocalist was speaking with UCR (opens in new tab) and their Nights radio show (opens in new tab) when the topic of the 1971 track came up.

Plant says: “The construction of the song, the actual musical construction, is very good. It’s one of those moments that really can stand without a vocal and, in fact, it will stand again without a vocal, I’m sure, because it’s a fine piece of music.

“Lyrically, now, I can’t relate to it, because it was so long ago. I would have no intention ever to write along those abstract lines any more. 

“I look at it and I tip my hat to it and I think there are parts of it that are incredible. The way Jimmy Page (opens in new tab) took the music through, and the way that the drums almost climaxed and then continued – it’s a very beautiful piece. But lyrically, now, and even vocally, I go, ‘I’m not sure about that.’”

Led Zeppelin have been uploading clips celebrating their history over the course of the last six months, with the latest instalment arriving at the end of October (opens in new tab).

Episode eight focused on the last few months of 1969 when the band wrapped up a US tour and prepared to launch their second album Led Zeppelin II.

Plant, meanwhile, is preparing to release Digging Deep With Robert Plant in February – a limited edition 7-inch vinyl box set which will feature remastered versions of singles from 30 years of Plant's solo career and ties in with his Digging Deep podcast.

It’s now available to pre-order. Find details below.

Plant will be the cover star of the next issue of Classic Rock magazine which will go on sale next week.

Robert Plant: Digging Deep (opens in new tab)

Robert Plant: Digging Deep (opens in new tab)
This new box set explores Robert Plant's solo work from the last 30 years. It will contain a collection of 7-inch singles and also come with a hardback book.

Digging Deep With Robert Plant tracklist

Disc 1:
Side A: Burning Down One Side
Side B: Like I've Never Been Gone  (Digging Deep with Robert Plant S1, E4)

Disc 2: 
Side A: Big Log (Digging Deep with Robert Plant S2, E6)
Side B: In The Mood 

Disc 3: 
Side A: Too Loud 
Side B: Little By Little 

Disc 4: 
Side A: Ship of Fools 
Side B: Tall Cool One 

Disc 5: 
Side A: Hurting Kind 
Side B: Tie Dye on the Highway

Vinyl 6: 
Side A:  Calling To You  (Digging Deep with Robert Plant S1, E1)
Side B:  29 Palms 

Disc 7: 
Side A:  Song To The Siren
Side B:  Morning Dew 

Disc 8: 
Side A: Shine It All Around 
Side B: Tin Pan Valley (Digging Deep with Robert Plant S2, E1) 

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