posted on Mar, 3 2008 @ 09:30 PM
Here's some meaning I've heard others talk about or given myself to the apparent phrases. I have a similar perspective to what is generally
accepted as the words and explanation for those interested, a little fun with the subjectivity.
This line "Ohh I will never be saved because I live with Satan. One wicked little fool who plays for three who make it here late. Say it now the
lord turned me off, for one shaggy fool clothed in agony passed at a height."
The three who make it here late would be the holy trinity - Father, Son and Holy spirit. Satan comes to deceive the world before they show up,
playing with us. The shaggy fool clothed in agony is Jesus (the agony is the crown of thorns and the torture he endured). The singer is "turned
off," disenchanted by the fact that he will never be chosen by the Lord - perhaps because he has blasphemed and can't get away from it.
"Here's to my sweet Satan, that one little path would make me sad whose power is faith. He will give those with him 666, and one little fool safely
made us suffer sadly."
The path which makes him sad is Christianity in it's many forms and many faith based servile religions. These just don't appeal - and the reality
of his eventual downfall makes him sad because he's stuck going to hell. The one little fool could be Satan. "safely made us suffer sadly" is the
sneaky sort of evil that we experience in our bubble feeling safe, by being afraid to face it and appeasing it. And it could be the stupidest little
thing keeping us a prisoner to it.
Other lines that I get from it:
"Behind you all with you. Here we all are withering." There is a group of spirits or people that understand the plight of the listener, they are
suffering just like him - but they don't necessarily want to change - they've been this way a long long time, it is what they are.
"OH listen here I sieve the river" What would these guys be sieving for? Other souls to be with them, misery loves company. They sieve a river,
where things are otherwise moving.
"The world with my knowl(edge) I'll defend thee" Satan will use knowledge to defend the earth. Not faith, not Godly wisdom. He'll use his own
brand of wisdom and perhaps his idea of defending the earth is a subtle continuation of his ideals.
"See here's the news, Folks with him is perhaps a family. Say we'll lose alot of them, they've gotta leave forsaken."
The unchosen are tied together almost like a family. They understand eachother's pain. Alot of them will change or die and the family will lose
them. They will always be forsaken, obviously they could be forsaken by God and his followers. If not that, then if they change and give up who they
are they will have forsaken their own hearts because they gave up a part of themselves that is very real.
Whether Led Zeppelin meant for this to happen or not, it eerily comes close to the way I've felt about things from time to time. The tough
decisions, whether to be a sheep and "connected" to God's love and his congregation and reap the benefits, or to be something else and follow your
own heart and reap the benefits of that path. This "song" is about the pessimism of the Left Hand Path.