"Houses Of The Holy"
Let me take you to the movies. Can I take you to the show
Let me be yours ever truly. Can I make your garden grow
From the houses of the holy, we can watch the white doves go
From the door comes Satan's daughter, and it only goes to show. You know.
There's an angel on my shoulder, In my hand a sword of gold
Let me wander in your garden. And the seeds of love I'll sow. You know.
So the world is spinning faster. Are you dizzy when you're stoned
Let the music be your master. Will you heed the master's call
Oh... Satan and man.
Said there ain't no use in crying. Cause it will only, only drive you mad
Does it hurt to hear them lying? Was this the only world you had? Oh-oh
So let me take you, take you to the movie. Can I take you, baby, to the show.
Why don't you let me be yours ever truly. Can I make your garden grow
"Does it hurt to hear them lying? Was this the only world you had? Robert Plant is a literate lyricist. This could easily refer to all the deception, past and present, in the mainstream media.
Is the garden a metaphor for your mind? Or a more obvious sensual reference? The seeds, the result of the work of that pen, the lyrics, as ideas planted in your mind, that would grow into a "plant"? Could the sword of gold, be a pen? The gold, a fortune made from art. Gold as in "golden-tongued" probably makes the most sense. That would relate gold to the powers of vocal and lyrical persuasion, something a singer and songwriter might think of, a wonderful metaphor. There's also gold as metaphor for a positive experience or realization of some kind. Like the expression "striking gold", or "panning for gold". Then there's also the obvious alchemical reference of turning a lesser metal into gold, the metal of the Sun.
The legend is that when you play Stairway to Heaven backwards, you hear, "Here's to my sweet Satan."
Who is Satan? Let's "play" that backwards, it is NATAS. N.A.T.A.S. Could it just refer to The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences? After all, radio and television technology were extremely important, historically, to both the United States and United Kingdom military services. (not to mention Germany and France) see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RCA and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC
"The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences or NATAS was created in 1955 to advance the arts and sciences of television. Headquartered in New York, NATAS's membership is national and the organization has local chapters around the country. It was also known as the National Television Academy until 2007."
"Three related but separate organizations present the Emmy Awards: the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). Each is responsible for administering a particular set of Emmy ceremonies."
The Houses of the Holy. Holly. (Druids, or magicians like Merlin are brought to mind. Stage magicians with top hats and magic wands, or escape performers like Houdini, are also suggested. Hollywood and stage magic go hand in hand all the way back to the earliest days of film.)
HA!-ly. A joke perhaps? Hollywood. A house of "cards". Cards like comedians? Like a "Trump" "card"? Or a Joker. Is it a play on words? I think the line from Stairway to Heaven is a rosetta stone like clue, that words can have "two meanings".
Robert Plant And The Band of Joy perform "House of Cards" below.
Cardinals and Cards
"In accordance with tradition, they sign by placing the title "Cardinal" (abbreviated Card.) after their personal name and before their surname as, for instance, "John Card(inal) Doe" or, in Latin, "Ioannes Card(inalis) Cognomen"."
Houses of the Holy continued...
The "ly" suffix, can be pronounced "LIE" as in falsehood, obviously. "LI" is a form of "EL" backwards. EL or LE, (Le, Las, La in French, like L.A. the abbreviation for Los Angeles the city of Angels.) means "the" in the Romance languages, as well as being a word referring to God in Hebrew. Superman's name, Kal-El is probably derived from this Hebrew word. Elohim is another example. Elf or elves or possibly Elvis, derive from El. So does El Hombre. So does elite. El signifies power. Of course this is where we get the word "elections" and also even more importantly to our modern world, the word, electricity!
"LE" also reminds me of these famous and influential Lees, from American history, "The Lee family of the United States is a historically significant Virginia and Maryland political family, whose many prominent members are known for their accomplishments in politics and the military."
1776 (1972 film) The Lees of Old Virginia w/ Reprise, above. The number starts at around 2:00.
I think this is a stunning example of fine art. This belongs in a museum next to a Rembrandt as far as I'm concerned.
The lyrics to the Houses of the Holy could be considered revealing. Given Mr. Plant's legendary interest in all things California, would it be such a surprise if the lyrics referenced Hollywood in some way?
A brief lesson in astro-theology below:
Below something to get hanged about. Gallow's Pole.
Hanged vs. hung
Hung is the past tense and past participle of hang in most of that verb’s senses. For instance, yesterday you might have hung a picture on the wall, hung a right turn, and hung your head in sorrow. The exception comes where hang means to put to death by hanging. The past tense and past participle of hang in this sense, and only in this sense, is hanged.
Robert Plant and The Band of Joy perform Los Lobos' Angel Dance, below.
Romani, Rome, "Rome never fell" it "roams" like a band of gypsies.
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