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There’s a lady who’s sure
All that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven
When she gets there she knows
If the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for

Oh oh oh oh and she’s buying a stairway to heaven

There’s a sign on the wall
But she wants to be sure
‘Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings
In a tree by the brook
There’s a songbird who sings
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiving

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

There’s a feeling I get
When I look to the west
And my spirit is crying for leaving
In my thoughts I have seen
Rings of smoke through the trees
And the voices of those who stand looking

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

And it’s whispered that soon, if we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason
And a new day will dawn
For those who stand long
And the forests will echo with laughter


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

And it makes me wonder

Your head is humming and it won’t go
In case you don’t know
The piper’s calling you to join him
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow
And did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind

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 tune will come to you at last
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll

And she’s buying the stairway to heaven


This is the year the paths of my mates and I diverged. We liked LA Woman and had been on the same page, we were still together on Ten Years After but thereafter, many of them drifted into blood and skull metal things which was not my bag – it lacked rhythm and beat, was just a lot of screaming and Kiss faces in my eyes.

My radio specials started then and I was fed albums from Hawkwind to Krautrock, so that was my direction.

By 1972, the split was pretty well semi-permament – some had gone off on the prog route but I never got into Pink Floyd, Genesis, that sort of thing. The girls were into more mainstream songs. Maggie May was one I enjoyed with the girls but never James Taylor or Wings.

I think we all agreed Stairway was pretty good.

2 comments for “1971

  1. Andy5759
    February 22, 2020 at 20:29

    I will confess to liking Stairway, at first. I saw Led Zep at Knebworth, we were treated to a solo rendition of Stairway. It seemed to last all night. Can’t listen to it now without remembering that torture. I suppose I was never one for sitting cross legged feeling the vibes man.

    1971 was the year I chose my own path.

    • February 22, 2020 at 20:42

      It did seem to be a watershed.

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