The first time I heard it, I was thought it pretty cool, but didn't understand it.It sounded as if a lady who had money wanted to buy her way into heaven -- with that said, that's about all I understood of the song that seemed rather dark at the seams, with it's mystical, ambiguous language, all the while speaking about "heaven".
At the same time, I instinctively knew that these guys were hugely unique and talented.At first, I thought the song writer of the song 'Stairway', Robert Plant, heard the song 'American Pie' in 1971 and he wrote the song 'Stairway' but both songs were released almost the same period of time in late 1971. Music, and its meaning, is to some degree a mirror, which reflects the listener's current state of mind at the time they hear a performance or read the lyrics, their attitude about life, and their past experience.That means it was impossible to write and record and release it in late 1971. Likewise, music reflects the consciousness of its Creator(s) at the time it was created, along with their past experience and their intention, as expressed in the lyrics or performance.They were going to set a trend in music and they did.Robert Plant had an uncanny voice with unearthly range and Jimmy Page played like no other. Page was so taken with Alleister Crowley he bought his home!