Yes, he was deeply moved, but I believe it was unsettling for him and he may or may not understand WHY, although I think he understands.(Of course, this is conjecture on my part - but I found Plant's reaction to hearing the song just a little odd - even though he did manage an eye tear for it, overwhelmed at the sheer magnitude of effort that was put in to the performing presentation.) From all I've gathered and read concerning this song and the way it came about, I don't believe Robert Plant is comfortable with it and would rather not have to remember the song that ironically made them famous.Because there were same words on the song 'American Pie', too. One thing you have in common, in greater or lesser degree, is a degree of interest.You are thinking and engaged in the composition and possible meanings.To reiterate - the meaning of this song lies in your life experience, your day to day mindset, and your degree of intentional attention directed at this song.
The four of them together created a hauntingly, uncharted, wild and amazing sound. With that said there is no mistaking the symbolism embedded in Zep's albums.
That being said, some meanings embedded in this song became obvious to me in the mid 1970s.
Surprisingly, the comments do not address some metaphorical or metaphysical aspects, and do not consider important cultural movements that were contemporaneous during the time of the initial creation and release of Stairway to Heaven.
He might have been joking, but I hope not, because that's a beautiful story. To be continued, Hi Music lovers, As I wrote it below last time, thes song 'Stairway' AND 'American Pie' were written by the same idea happening in 1970. There must be some hints in the lyrics oft the song 'Stairway'. How about the first three lines above from the beginning of the song that saying 'There's a lady who sure All the glitters is gold and she's buying a stairway to heaven'. Hi Music Lovers, I think that the idea of the lyrics of the song came from the same idea of being written as the lyrics of the song called 'American Pie' in 1971 by Don Mc Lean.
Hi Music lovers, I think Robert, the writer of the lyrics of this song, wrote the lyrics by choose the death of Janis Joplin in Oct. Because what he wrote shows us that some ideas of Janis. It says that 'There is a lady who's sure all that gillters is gold and she's buying a stairway to heaven.' I think that's enough to understand that the lirics shows about Janis'. I think that these hints are enough to understand where the idea of the song came from.' So forget about the rest of the lyrics of the song, okey! I mean Both songs 'Stairway To Heaven' and 'Ameican Pie' were happened to released almost the same time in the end of 1971. And this song is about the NEW WORLD ORDER and new age/shift in consciousness: rise of the anti Christ. I have a deep respect for music in general and this song in particular.