Led Zeppelin song titles, arranged into a poem and displayed on a poster.
I wrote the poem on this poster, “Led to Light,” in 1987, adapting 27 titles of songs by Led Zeppelin, one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time. The words and music of Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones have influenced me more than any other group. Atop that Stairway to Heaven, in that plane above all the stars, outside of space and time, yes all is one and one is all, so I tilt my hat and raise my cup to you. Cheers! Obviously, I had no idea that the lines from “Led to Light” would be prophetic to my own life and experiences, good and bad.
My poem was formed the same way I paint: unconsciously. And if today’s Brandon could travel back in time to inform the 16-year-old Brandon who wrote it, he [or I] would have rejected everything “Future Brandon” would have to say. As to its meaning, I am going to leave that up to you to solve. The answer is there. Read it and interpret it for yourself, and remember that the “you” back then might still reject the advice coming from the “you” in the future!
“Led to Light” poem
by Brandon Herbers
In My Time of Dying, I took a moment to reflect, only to notice our past was now Ten Years Gone. I knew then, once again, we would meet up as Friends on that Black Mountain Side. When dealing with the Heartbreaker, be careful not to get Trampled Under Foot by one more eager than yourself to visit all the Houses of the Holy. When one is Dazed and Confused, it’s often hard to tell whether they are building a stairway down or a Stairway to Heaven. In fact, most of the time it’s not what people think at all. Some were told they were Going to California ― you know, Down by the Seaside ― others to indulge in a Whole Lotta Love. Nevertheless, misleading at best, we were all born to know. Be sure to remember at least Four Sticks, as they will be needed when crossing the River Styx ― and when traveling In Through the Out Door. You’ll be given a glimpse into the Battle of Evermore, and if by fate you witness Achilles’ Last Stand, remember in Valhalla again does he stand. All of us have Good times and Bad Times, but we must Ramble On. Dancing Days are here again, and they reside just Over the Hills and Far Away. I don’t know How Many More Times I will try to understand What is and What Should Never Be, but In the Evening I will find a Black Dog to pull me In the Light. And to this I say: today is a Celebration Day, for I am no longer going to The Gallows Pole, Since I’ve Been Loving You.
― The Immigrant
© U.S. copyright 2008, as The Immigrant, by Charles Brandon Herbers. All other copyrights acknowledged. Not official Led Zeppelin merchandise (fan appreciation art).