Heart - Stairway To Heaven

It's Halloween night. I've spent the evening eating candy and watching a few scary movies. Earlier, my mom called me and said that she has very few photographs of me as a child on Halloween. I wonder why we didn't take more pictures? I remember one of me as a toddler with my parents. My father is in the photo. I wish I had it with me right now. I'd like to see his face. I still remember him and mama taking me to different houses on Halloween. They always made it so special. I miss those times.

By accident, I came across this performance of Heart singing "Stairway To Heaven" at the Kennedy Center Honors for Led Zeppelin. Just a random video that popped up in my facebook feed and now, after watching it twice, I'm sobbing and shaking because my father would have loved it. He introduced me to both Heart and Led Zeppelin, giving me CDs of their music which I still own. The performance is transcendent. Ann Wilson's voice overwhelms you. It feels like a state of grace.

I'm alone tonight. It's too late to call anyone for comfort and what would I say anyways? No one can restore my life to what it was. No one can bring him back to me.

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.
Ooh, ooh, 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 misgiven.

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 sprinkling 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 stone.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When we all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll.

And she's buying a stairway to heaven.