Saturday, December 24, 2016

HEART - These Dreams with Lyrics

6:20 AM
"These Dreams" by Heart is the 33rd music video I've created so far. As I learn more and more about how to create and build these videos, this one is most definitely hands down my best work to date. (IMO). I really enjoyed building this video. It's not often that I can creatively step outside the box without it appearing that I was on some kind of weird drug. In this case, the "strange and bizarre" works very well with this song.
"These Dreams", released in January 1986 was a much different style of music for the hard rockin' sister duo of Ann and Nancy Wilson. This power ballad written by Bernie Taupin (Elton John's lyricist), and co writer Martin Page ("We Built This City" Starship), was first offered to Stevie Nicks who turned it down. Heart took 
the song, and it became their first #1 hit, spawning two more successful power ballads for the band "Alone" and "All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You".


Ann typically handled lead vocals, but when they heard the demo the group thought it suited Nancy's voice. Nancy had a nasty cold when she first recorded her vocals, but their producer Ron Nevison liked some of the raspiness. When Nancy was feeling better, they recorded more takes in her healthy voice, with Nancy doing her best to re-create the raspy parts Nevison liked.
Hope you all enjoy it.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Journey - Don't Stop Believin' - Live

"Don't Stop Believin') was not Journey's  biggest hit (that would be "Open Arms"), but it is by far their most famous one, this track has a unique structure, which helps it stick in your mind.
"Don't Stop Believin' is a classic rock power ballad "ANTHEM",  It contains one of the best opening keyboard riffs in classic rock, creeping from near serenity to an arena rock extravagance in under four minutes. Originally released in October 1981, the second single from the famed "Escape" album with Steve Perry as Lead singer for Journey, "Don't Stop Believin'" reached the number nine spot in November of 1981. The song was rereleased in June 2008 on the "Revelation" album with current lead singer Arnel Pineda. "Don't Stop Believin" is one of the top-selling catalog tracks in digital history.

The version I used in this video is from Journey's 2009 two-disc set "Live In Manila" featuring the current band member line up,  Arnel Pineda, Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, and Deen Castronovo, since the Escape version of the song has been done to death.

I created this video in a very unique way, building the first half of the video from scratch as a concept video, visually relaying the lyrics, then switched to live footage of the Manila concert at the chorus of the song, for a now 7 minute version. Hope you all enjoy it. One thing's for certain; you won't find another "Don't Stop Believin'" video quite like it.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Journey - The Eyes Of A Woman with lyrics

"The Eyes Of A Woman" by Journey was one of the first videos I created when I first started doing this. I built the first one using still images because I really didn't know where or how to find footage, and didn't know how to cut and edit it if I did. So the video was not very good, as the less than 60 views currently shows. I really like this song and now that I am a little bit better at creating these videos, I decided to build it again. This one came out much better than the first one. I used motion footage for this which makes for a better video to begin with. But now it's also synced dead on balls perfect with the lyrics. The sound quality is much better at 5.0/4.9 (9.9dB) which is about as perfect as I can get it for this particular song.  And I custom made the beginning and ending thumbnails that are really cool. MUCH better video now. VERY sexy, yet appropriate for all viewers. Hope you all enjoy it

Friday, December 2, 2016

Def Leppard - Too Late For Love w/Lyrics

Def Leppard is one of the more popular bands of the 80's and has several hit power ballads recorded, and I eventually will build videos for many Def Leppard songs. "Too Late For Love" just happens to be one of my favorites, even though I really don't know for sure what it's about. In my research, the best I could find was an interview Greg Prato of Songfacts had with Joe Elliott. When asked about "Too Late For Love", Elliott only commented, "It's a brilliant piece of arrangement, it's a good bit of writing, it's a great lyric, it's a brilliant piece of music." "By the time we went back to Europe to do the end of the world tour, they decided they wanted to go to radio with "Too Late for Love," but we weren't really in any kind of a position to make a video for it. Plus, there was this feeling amongst us like, "It's a fourth single, but it's just being put out there for the sake of it. It's only being released because of the success of the first three." He never mentions anywhere that I can find what the song is actually about. 

But since there was never a video for "Too Late For Love" ever built, other than live performance footage. This was an easy choice for me to take a crack at it. I created this video merely based on the lyrics as lateral, and built it as a Medieval times Victorian story of betrayal and infidelity of a virgin princess that was to become Queen, after being betrayed, she renounces her crown and departs. A new princess is chosen to take her place, but is beheaded for having a child from the brother of the prince. In the end the rightful princess is returned to take her place on the throne as a Queen without a King. It's the best I could come up with for only a 3 minute and 30 second song. Hope you all enjoy it. 
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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Fleetwood Mac - Dreams w/Lyrics

I can not possibly imagine how this band, and or this song needs an introduction. But for those who may not know.
Fleetwood Mac is a British-American rock band formed in 1967, in London, England.
By the mid '70s, Fleetwood Mac had relocated to California, where they added the soft rock duo of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks to their lineup. Obsessed with the meticulously arranged pop of the Beach Boys and the Beatles, the band become one of the most popular groups of the late '70s.
While most bands undergo a number of changes over the course of their careers, few groups experienced such radical stylistic changes as Fleetwood Mac. Initially conceived as a hard-edged British blues combo in the late '60s, the band gradually evolved into a polished pop/rock act over the course of a decade.
During the sessions for the Rumours album (one of the best selling albums of all time), everyone in the band was going through a breakup, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham with each other, John and Christine McVie with each other, Mick Fleetwood with his wife Jenny Boyd. They were able to work together, but most of the songwriting was on an individual basis. Stevie Nicks wrote "Dreams"
The line "Players only love you when they're playing" was directed at Lindsey Buckingham. Stevie Nicks was not pleased when he brought "Go Your Own Way" to the sessions, which was clearly about her. Stevie told Q magazine in June of 2009: "It was the fairy and the gnome. I was trying to be all philosophical. And he was just mad."

Released in June 1977  "Dreams" reached the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart,  the band's only number-one single in the U.S., it sold over a million copies. In Canada, "Dreams" also reached number 1 on the RPM chart.
Fleetwood Mac has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.

In 1998, Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Warrant - Heaven w/Lyrics

This one is definitely for the ladies. This power ballad was Warrant's biggest hit. Their frontman Jani Lane was also their primary songwriter, and in this track, he sings about how heaven is right here on Earth as long as he's with the girl he loves. "Heaven" spent two weeks at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1989. Warrant took a lot of crap for this song from folks who felt it was too limp for a rock band. Much of the criticism came from other West Coast bands that seemed to resent their success.

You'll never guess what band was holding "Heaven" back from making it to #1... that would be the lip syncing duo  Milli Vanilli, who was clinging to the top spot throughout 1989 with hits like "Blame It On The Rain."

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Monday, November 21, 2016

REO Speedwagon - Take It On The Run w/Lyrics

Technically; by definition; "Take it On The Run" by REO Speedwagon is not a rock ballad. Because of it's faster tempo, it is classified as Hard Rock genre. However, much more often than not, "Take It On The Run" shows up on Power Ballads playlists, and I'm bringing it in on my YouTube channel as a Classic Rock Power Ballad.
This song was Gary Richrath's answer to fellow band co-leader Kevin Cronin's "Keep on Loving You" on the same album (Hi Infidelity). The album was recorded September 1980, "Take It On The Run" reached #5 on the Billboard hot 100 chart, while "Keep On Loving You" simultaneously reached #1 early 1981.
"Take It On The Run" can fall into multiple Rock genres, but "Keep On Loving You" is without question a Power Ballad, and in fact one of the most popular Power Ballads of all time. I will most definitely build a video for "Keep On Loving You" sometime in the near future, but that one is going to require a little more creative thought to make it well.
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Saturday, November 19, 2016

White Lion - When The Children Cry w/Lyrics

"When The Children Cry" was the biggest American hit for White Lion, a Brooklyn-based band that fit every criteria for the  "Hair Metal" genre when they released "Pride" their 2nd album, , in 1987. Many of their songs took on social issues and were softer ballads. "When The Children Cry" and "Wait" were huge radio hits, but didn't fill concert arenas. I didn't search for any statistics on how this song is doing presently, I haven't heard the song on the radio lately, but then I live in Nebraska, not a lot of classic rock genre stations here. I would stream national stations on my  P C, but that's a direct distraction when I'm building videos, which is pretty much all I do anymore, I don't even play poker that much lately. But if I had to guess, my guess would be that it is making a comeback with those of us that remember the song well, considering all that is presently going on in the world.
In a March 1988 interview Gary Blockus of "The Morning Call" asked Mike Tramp about the sentiment behind this and other antiwar songs, Tramp shouted in reply, "Without a doubt! You've gotta be f--king blind not to see what's going on today. All you have to do is turn on the 5 o'clock news. It's just problem after problem". Nice response Mike, I was blind , literally, for nearly a year, but still very much aware of all that was going on.

"When The Children Cry" had always been to me, a very powerful ballad, and was one of those songs that filled me with a barrage of emotions from sad, to empowered, to inspired. And now that I have Grandchildren I love, care, and worry about, this song now is much more powerful to me than ever before. I built this video based on those emotions, and it's going to jerks some tears out of many viewers. But that's okay, that's what it's meant to do. I worked frantically on this video to have it published by November, 20 which is Universal Children's Day. It's now 11:45pm  Saturday November, 19. I made it!!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Full Version w/Lyrics

In 1983, Bonnie Tyler's hit "Total Eclipse Of the Heart" reached the #1 spot on U.S. and U.K. charts.  Really cool and well written, I've always liked this song. And  I like the original official video. However, as much as I appreciate thinking outside the box, I always thought the video was just way too far out there somewhere, and didn't make any sense in relation to the song. The Gothic video, was story-boarded by Jim Steinman and was inspired by the film Future World, the follow-up to the Yul Brunner futuristic thriller Westworld. It was filmed at Holloway Asylum, which was built by a doctor out of the proceeds of a drug he'd invented to help his patients. Again, I'm not knocking the video, it is kinda cool. I just think it makes no damn sense. If you've ever seen the original video, you'll recognize most of what I did here. I cut parts of the original video and edited it in with cuts from  1984 live footage to make it still cool, but much more closer to our solar system. I hope you all enjoy it.

Also; I have had  couple of comments from subscribers that some of my videos were rendered with the volume too low. I didn't realize that, and going back and playing them all, there are indeed 2 or 3 that the sound quality isn't the best. I normally edit my videos in Adobe After Effects, build them in Movie Maker, and then render them in Filmora. I now render them in Sony Vegas Pro, which has much better sound editing. Y'all will be much happier with this. 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Cinderella - Nobody's Fool w/Lyrics

The '70s and '80s was an awesome era to be a young adult in America, and some of my best memories were born from cruising J & L streets in downtown Sacramento on Saturday nights in the summertime. Our sole purpose was to have fun and of course "pick up girls". That however required some necessary elements to accomplish in the '80s. #1 you needed  cool car. #2 You needed a full tank of gas. #3 You needed  few good crazy, but personable good buddies. #4 You needed a loud stereo system in your car. And most importantly #5, You needed a good supply of "Glam Band" tapes blaring on your car stereo.
"Glam Bands" ( or what I used to call "posers") were quite popular in the late '70s up until nearly the end of the '80s, particularly with young women. And in 1986 Cinderella joined the "Glam Band" popularity bandwagon with their very successful smash power ballad "Nobody's Fool" from their Night Songs album. Then followed up with another successful power ballad "Don't Know What You Got ('Til It's Gone)" in 1988 from their Long Cold Winter Album.
Nobody's Fool, is a very simple ballad about a girl that uses her rock star boyfriend for his money and popularity, he finally gets a belly full of it and dumps her. Pretty simple, but nevertheless reached #13 in the billboard hot 100 chart.

I didn't spend a lot of time on creating this video, (it only has 2 verses). I simple took the original footage and cut the hell out of it and added my own "flavor" to it. The biggest challenge here was to sync the song to the video I built, which is much harder than you may think, but I think I pulled it off pretty well. Hope you all enjoy it

Monday, November 7, 2016

Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight w/Lyrics

The meaning of this song became an urban myth. The story, which is not true, is that Collins watched as a man who raped his wife drowned. Another version has Collins writing this about a man who watched another drown, and singing it to him at a concert. Yet another variation claims that when Collins was a young boy, he witnessed a man drowning someone but was too far away to help. Later, he hired a private detective to find the man, sent him a free ticket to his concert, and premiered the song that night with the spotlight on the man the whole time.
The truth is;  Collins wrote this song about the anger he felt after divorcing his first wife, Andrea Bertorelli, in 1980 - he was so devastated that he left Genesis for a short time. All of the original songs on the Face Value album, including the hit "I Missed Again," were at one time intended to be "messages" to his first wife in an attempt to lure her back to him. The tension caused by the divorce led Collins to the title, as these negative feelings were "In The Air," and affecting not just the couple getting divorced, but the entire family.

However, the urban myths make this song much more interesting and fun to build a video around. :-) . So I took the young boy witnessing a drowning and ran with it to create this video. It's slightly morbid, and outside the box, but interesting as hell. Check it out.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Stevie Nicks - Edge Of Seventeen

Anyone that knows me, knows that I am crazy about Stevie Nicks. And believe me, no one is more surprised than myself, that I haven't built a Stevie Nicks video before now.
I first saw Fleetwood Mac in 1977 right after the release of their Rumors album. Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood,, John McVie, and Christi Mcvie all seemed to dissolve while Stevie Nicks seemed to keep illuminating more and more until I was convinced she was an angel. I was 16 years old, and I fell head over heals in love with her.
The Edge Of Seventeen is one of my favorite songs by Stevie Nicks, mainly because of the admiration and respect I have always had for John Lennon.
She wrote this song about the death of her uncle Bill and the death of John Lennon. 
I cut and edited a lot of clips from the original Edge Of Seventeen video footage, and then incorporated some vintage John Lennon clips I cut from various film footage to pay tribute to John Lennon, as the original video should have done to begin with. I also incorporated the scene where Stevie is "running up the stair and down the hall" as a respect for her Uncle as well. The end result is what I think is a very respectful tribute video, that I think Stevie Nicks herself would fully approve of should she happen to ever see the video.

The line about the "Words from a poet and a voice from a choir" refers to Lennon.
Speaking about the song in commentary for her Live In Concert video recorded on her Bella Donna tour, she explained: "I was in Australia when John Lennon was shot. Everybody was devastated. I didn't know John Lennon, but I knew Jimmy Iovine, who worked with John quite a bit in the '70s, and heard all the loving stories that Jimmy told about him. When I came back to Phoenix I started to write this song."

"Right when I got to Phoenix, my uncle Bill got cancer, got very sick very fast, and died in a couple of weeks. My cousin John Nicks and I were in the room when he died. There was just John and I there. That was part of the song when I went running down the hallways looking for somebody - I thought where's my mom? Where's his wife and the rest of the family? At that point I went back to the piano and finished the song."
Speaking further in her video commentary, Stevie Nicks spoke about the "white-winged dove" and what this song means to her: "It became a song about violent death, which was very scary to me because at that point no one in my family had died. To me, the white-winged dove was for John Lennon the dove of peace, and for my uncle it was the white-winged dove who lives in the saguaro cactus - that's how I found out about the white-winged dove, and it does make a sound like whooo, whooo, whooo. I read that somewhere in Phoenix and thought I would use that in this song. The dove became exciting and sad and tragic and incredibly dramatic. Every time I sing this song I have that ability to go back to that two-month period where it all came down. I've never changed it, and I can't imagine ending my show with any other song. It's such a strong, private moment that I share in this song."

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Poison - Every Rose Has It's Thorn

I am not a real big fan of poison, but I build videos for Classic Rock Ballads, and it's not always about what I like, it's about what my subscribers like. However, I do have to admit though, that Poison did manage to record two very good power ballads. First in 1988 with this song "Every Rose Has It's Thorn" from their Open Up and Say... Ahh album. And once again in 1990 with "Something To Believe In" from their Flesh and Blood Album.
Bret Michaels wrote "Every rose Has It's Thorn" in response to a failed love affair with Tracy Lewis. After playing at a bar in Dallas, Texas, Michaels called his girlfriend at her Los Angeles apartment and heard a man's voice in the background. The next day Michaels took his acoustic guitar with him to a Laundromat and wrote the song right there.
It is the band's only number-one hit in the U.S., reaching the top spot on December 18, 1988, for three weeks

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Journey - Faithfully w/Lyrics

"Faithfully" - Journey's first music video was for this song. And I felt it Incumbent on me to the best job possible (for me) in creating this video. 
This song pretty much tells its own story. I find it fascinating that it could be misunderstood- with Steve Perry pouring his heart out to the simple but powerful lyrics of Jonathon Cain and really conveying deep emotion. Anyone ever married to, or involved with, someone in the limelight that is obligated to travel. has no problem understanding or appreciating this song.
Faithfully is Journey's 2nd most downloaded song, their first most being "Don't Stop Believing", (which I will build a video for in the near future}
I built this for Wanda Snider, after we (I) determined that her other request I couldn't dodge the copyright infringment 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven - My Interpretation

If you ask a million people to give their interpretation of Led Zeppelins' Stairway to Heaven, without collaboration, you will get a million different interpretations. And each and every one of them would be absolutely correct. Where you are spiritually, will determine how you interpret anything in life. Even if you don't consider yourself spiritual, everything you see, touch, hear, smell, taste, feel, etc. is responded to spiritually, to some degree or another. Again it just depends on where you are at spiritually as to how you respond and or interpret anything. When reading any kind of literature that contains metaphors, EVERYONE is going to interpret it differently. And this song is written almost entirely metaphorically. I interpreted this song with a Christian point of view, so this video may not work for you if you are not a Christian. On the other hand, it's a pretty powerful interpretation, and should be interesting regardless what religion you are. Also, I found it virtually impossible to convey this song visually without creating it as, what I call, a wide awake dream. So it will require a bit of thinking outside the box. It normally takes me 4-5 days max to create a classic rock ballad video, but a lot of research went into this monster and took nearly 2 months to complete. And so, here is my interpretation of Stairway To Heaven, I hope you enjoy it.

The video begins with a clip of the Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven thumbnail I created from a clip I put in the video that represents the verse "In a tree by the brook, there's a songbird who sings, sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven.". From there the next clip is a "lady" climbing a stairway made of stacked chairs, the only real significance  with this clip, is that if you look closely, she is climbing the wrong stairway and losing the path behind her.
And now we begin our journey.

"There's a lady who's sure, all that glitters is gold. And she's buying the stairway to Heaven"

There's a suggestion in this opening line that the "lady" is misguided, because all that glitters is NOT gold.
The 12th century French theologian Alain de Lille wrote "Do not hold everything gold that shines like gold". 
I used an image of a golden serpent in the video not specifically  to represent the love of gold and or wealth; (The root of all evil)  But in my research of the meaning to these lyrics, I concluded that "gold" in this case, represents the seven deadly sins, (lust, greed gluttony, sloth, wrath, envy, pride). Unrealized by the "lady" in her misguided sense of entitlement.
I chose 1 Timothy 6:9 -10 as the Bible passage to summarize this part of the lyrics. (Verse 11 is added here, but comes more into play further into the song.)
"But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness."

"When she gets there she knows, if the stores all are closed, with a word she can get what she came for"

More clarification of her misguided sense of entitlement. This is pointing out the irony of they way she is leading her life. What is she going to do with the material things if that is all she has in her life?
I chose the doors ("stores") closing leaving her in darkness holding her "gold", to represent Heaven is not selling tickets for admission. Hence the money she is pouring up to heaven. Admission is a free gift from God,  But the doors won't open until you get rid of that suitcase full of unGodly passions. There is a little more to it which comes in later, but for now this needs to be her first epiphany.
I chose Acts 8:20 as the Bible passage to summarize this part of the lyrics.

"But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!"

 "There's a sign on the wall, but she wants to be sure, 'cause you know sometimes words have two meanings"

This line wasn't too tough for me to decipher. The pastor at the Church I attend recently finished a study on the book of Daniel. This is an elymology based on a story in the Bible about Daniel who reads the handwriting on the wall that
the end of Babylon.
An elymology is the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history. The "sign on the wall" is the Bible. And acting on her epiphany, the "lady" starts reading the Bible ("the sign on the wall"). But the Bible itself also written largely of metaphors and or parables, she finds it difficult to understand. So she intensely begins to study "to be sure" as I tried to visually illustrate with the Bible pages rapidly turning. When she finally gets to the book of Revelation. And this is where she quite literally gets the hell scared out of her, or at least starts to have the hell scared out of her. As I learn further into the song, she still has difficulty letting go of her earthly pleasures, despite her fear of what Is to come . Revelation contains some very powerful motivation for someone having difficulties in releasing unGodly passions. And yet this "lady" knows now that her misguided sense of entitlement is worthless in buying the stairway to heaven.
I chose Mark 4: 11 - 12 as the Bible passage to summarize this part of the lyrics.

"And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all [these] things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and [their] sins should be forgiven them."

"In a tree by the brook, there's a songbird who sings, sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven."

This of course is another metaphor, but a fairly easy one to decipher "In a tree by the brook" simply refers to  being alone with her thoughts, and that little voice she hears inside her ("there's a songbird who sings") is trying to tell her something. And now she has another epiphany that perhaps all she thought was right, was somehow misguided… If you have a water pipe leaking somewhere in the plumbing of your home, you don't turn off the valve at the facet and expect the leak to be fixed. You have to fix the problem at it's source… SO, how is her thoughts misguided or "misgiven". Well let's go find out. 
I chose 1 John 4: 1-6 as the Bible passage to summarize this part of the lyrics.

"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.  By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,  and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.  Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.  They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and ithe spirit of error."

"Oh , it makes me wonder"

Not really much need to interpret this line YET, simply stating that she is rethinking her life, but we already knew that. But the line becomes more significant later, so let's move on.

"There's a feeling I get when I look to the west and my spirit is crying for leaving." 

The fist part of this line took some thought and  some searching to figure out what was going on here, when I found it, I thought to myself, "well crap" "OF COURSE!!".
Because the sun sets there, the west has been a metaphor for death since at least ancient Egyptian times. It was the second half of this line that screwed me up for days trying to tie it together. Why the hell would she have a feeling of wanting to die now, knowing that she hasn't found her ticket to Heaven yet? Well I was interpreting "crying for leaving" wrong. I was reading it as a plea "wanting" to leave. It wasn't til I realized that in this case "crying" literally meant crying, scared to death of dying now after she read the fate she faces in the book of Revelation. Tying the two together now simply translated to; She is scared of dying without knowing she will get into Heaven. There is one great fear common to all men, which is greater than all other fears. It is a fear which paralyzes men all of their lives. It is the fear of death. The writer to the Hebrews speaks of that fear in these words found in Hebrews 2:14-15 I chose as the Bible passage to summarize this part of the lyrics.

"Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives".

"In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees, 
and the voices of those who stand looking." 

"In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees" refers to a cloudy or clouded mind, and or sometimes referred to as brain fog. It causes a person to become confused and or unable to think clearly.  "And the voices of those who stand looking" refers to a voice in her thoughts, but unlike the songbird in the tree from earlier in this song where she was alone by a brook with her own thoughts, the voices now are not from her own thoughts, but rather from "those who stand looking". the conclusion I came to in this verse. Is that God "sees" her ("those who stand looking") and knows her "confusion" ("smoke through the trees") and her struggle to "buy" her way into his Kingdom, and is simply saying to her. "I am here"  I chose 2 Bible passages to summarize this part of the lyrics. Ezekiel 33: 11 and 2 Timothy 2: 13

"Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?"

"If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself."

"Oh , it makes me wonder"… "Oh , it really makes me wonder"

Now we are back to "makes me wonder" for the second of three times, and still not much need to interpret this line, we get it. However, NOW, "It REALLY makes  me wonder" emphasizes a bit more significance. This little "predicament" she's in is weighing very heavy on her mind now.  I chose Job 30: 27 as the Bible passage to summarize this often overlooked, but significant line.

"My inward parts are in turmoil and never still; days of affliction come to meet me."

"And it's whispered that soon, if we all call the tune, then the piper will lead us to reason."

Well now we start to get an inkling of where the source of the problem might be.  This verse was fairly easy to interrupt.  I broke it down like this; A "whisper" is defined as; using your breath to speak without using vocal chords, but here whisper is an analogy for Prayer (a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God}.
 "Call" is defined as; a cry out. And the term "call the tune" or "sing a different tune" is an Idiom defined as; To change one's ways, attitude, behavior, etc;  So… After she has given it a lot of serious thought as described in the line "It really makes me wonder";   the lady is now praying to God for help to change her ways of buying a stairway to Heaven.
Now enter Satan; We knew this bastard had something to do with this mess, and he was bound to show up sooner or later. "Then the piper will lead us to reason". I have read how many others have tried to interrupt this line as Christ or Christianity being the metaphor for the piper. I assume it's because "lead us to reason" is tripping them up. They don't associate Satan with leading us to reason, so they think it must be God, if he's "leading us to reason". But make no mistake the piper is most definitely Satan and he does indeed lead us to "HIS" reason .
So how do we clarify that the "piper" is indeed Satan? Well you probably couldn't if this was your first time hearing this song and or didn't know the lyrics. But later on the "piper" is mentioned again in the line "the piper's calling you to join him". Now you have a lot more information to work with in your research to find the identity of this mysterious piper.
If you look up the definition of "piper" in itself, is a traveling musician. And that doesn't work here without going way, WAY outside the box . BUT.. If you know the story of the "Pied Piper of Hamelin" by Robert Browning it becomes much easier and fits perfectly without having to step outside the box. Now when you search for  "Pied Piper" you find it defined as;
a person who induces others to follow or imitate him or her, especially by means of false or extravagant promises.  Now search "Satan" and you will find it defined as; "A figure appearing in the texts of the Abrahamic religions who brings evil and temptation, and is known as the deceiver who leads humanity astray.". Now again I say make no mistake, the piper is a metaphor for Satin, not God. So now to put this all together. The verse "And it's whispered that soon if we all call the tune, then the piper will lead us to reason" . Can be translated to; If we pray to God for the truth, Satan will try to increase his misgiven reasoning by further deception, in an effort not to lose his stronghold on you. I chose 2 Bible passages to summarize this part of the lyrics;
Mark 13:5-6 And Mark 13:22

5. Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many.

22.For false Christ's and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

"And a new day will dawn, for those who stand long, and the Forrest will echo with laughter"

This is one of the most important lines in this song,  the story could not be validated without this line. And is the reason why I suggested that my interpretation of these lyrics will be better accepted if you are of Christian faith. Because, "And a new day will dawn, for those who stand long" refers to being born again in Christ for those who remain faithful to God.
"A new day will dawn" is the polar opposite of the previously quoted line "when I look to the west". A new day will "dawn" from the east represents new birth, as opposed to the west that represents death. "stand long" or "long standing" (if your more comfortable with that term), means; abiding, enduring, persistent, established, etc;
'And the Forrest will echo with laughter" simple refers to an outpour of joy. Laughter is closely tied to joy because the feeling of joy can promote laughter. Webster defines joy as “a feeling of great happiness,” or “success in doing, finding or getting something.” 
So this line interrupts to: "For those who remain abiding, enduring, persistent, established; on the day they are reborn into God, there will be great (a Forrest of) joy (laughter).  I chose 2 Bible passages to summarize this part of the lyrics;
John 3: 4-8 And Psalm 30:5

Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?”Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

"If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now. It's just a spring clean for the May queen."

"If there's a bustle". "Bustle", is a or noise or activity, used in this sense, means a disturbance close to home. (Your comfort zone) 
"in your hedgerow" A hedgerow is a hedge that surrounds many estates in Britain.  And often placed on property lines. Your personal space, or your "comfort zone" as interpreted here.
So the line "If there's a bustle in your hedgerow" translates to; "Something's happening or changing in your world! "
"don't be alarmed now" No interpretation really needed here. "Alarmed" we know, simply means; afraid, frightened, or scared.
"It's just a spring clean" Spring cleaning is an old domestic ritual cleaning meant to do away with the troubles of the past year and prepare for the coming year, and often includes disposing of old, useless things that have been lying around.
"The May Queen" was a maiden chosen by a village to represent the hopes and potential for the coming year. She was a symbol of beauty, spring and new beginnings. 
So the verse "If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now, It's just a spring clean for the May Queen".
Translates to; If you feel changes happening in your comfort zone, don't be afraid, it's just trying to clear out all the useless "gold" (sin) ( (lust, greed gluttony, sloth, wrath, envy, pride) I chose 2 Corinthians 4:16-18   as the Bible passage to summarize this part of the lyrics.

"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."

"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."

We are all familiar with this term, so I wont spend much time on it. Simply means that at any crossroads we face in our lives, whichever direction we choose, we can always turn back at any point. I chose Psalm 37:23-24 as the Bible passage to summarize this part of the lyrics.

"The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand."

"Your head is humming and it won't go, in case you don't know. The piper's calling you to join him." 

"Your head is humming". "Humming" can be translated in many different ways, but it's used here as an 
intransitive verb. Your head or mind is humming or buzzing with thoughtsideas etc, you cannot stop thinking about them.
 "and it won't go". Something is stopping you from moving forward with a thought you can't stop thinking about.
"in case you don't know" is actually a sarcasm used here as "wake up fool" (so to speak)
"The piper's calling you to join him". As we determined earlier, the "piper" is Satan.. And when Satan senses that he may be losing he hold on you, his deceptions become much more intense as he cries out ('calling") for you to join him.
So, this verse translates to; You can't stop thinking about a life where gold (  lust, greed gluttony, sloth, wrath, envy, pride) no longer control you, but you can't pursue it because you need to realize that Satan is Humming loud in your head to join him. I chose 2 Corinthians 4:4 as the Bible passage to summarize this part of the lyrics.

"In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God"

"Dear lady can you hear the wind blow, and did you know, your stairway lies on the whispering wind." 

 "Dear lady can you hear the wind blow" These words are a reminder of the spiritual birth, the necessity of which has been asserted in the previous verse "And a new day will dawn, for those who stand long".
The 'wind" is the voice of God.
your stairway lies on the whispering wind." This line explains that the ladies passage stairway) to Heaven, lies in the soft prayer (whisper) of God. God does not buzz your head and confuse you, and yell out to you as Satan (the piper) does as described in the previous verse.
So; "Dear lady can you hear the wind blow, and did you know, your stairway lies on the whispering wind.". Translates to, Listen closely to God's word, because you may not know when he's speaking to you, as it is a soft gentle voice.
I chose John 3: 8  as the Bible passage to summarize this part of the lyrics.

"The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit."

The Bridge

The bridge of a song generally is used to pause and reflect on the earlier portions of the song or to prepare the listener for the climax. Unlike a chorus, the bridge typically does not contain lyrics. So this is where I placed 7 very powerful clips in my video to visually convey why the book of Revelation quite literally "scared the hell" out of the "lady" (which, by the way, if you haven't caught it yet. The "lady" is a metaphor for you and I.)
The first clip at the start of the bridge is of the Seven Seals In the next clip I begin the visual images of Revelation as each seal is opened, starting with the four horsemen of the Apocalypse (#1 White, #2 Red, #3 Black, #4 Pale). Moving on to the fifth seal, the souls of Martyrs under the Alter, then the sixth seal showing a great earthquake, black sun, and a red moon. (No I didn't forget the rest of this passage, It's just an 8 minute song, only so much room to fit a hell of a lot of information.) Then the seventh seal, Heaven is silent for a half hour, and the announcement of the seven trumpets. 

The Seven Seals
Revelation 6:1-17

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Seals 1-4)
Revelation 6:1-8

The Souls of Martyrs( Fifth Seal)
Revelation 6:9-11

The Second Woe (The 6th Seal)
Revelation 6:12

The Seven Seal
Heaven is silent
Revelation 8:1

The Beginning Of The Seven Trumpets
Revelation 8:6

"And as we wind on down the road, our shadows taller than our soul"

"And as we wind on down the road" is pretty easy to decipher, simply means as we live our life from day to day. "Our shadows taller than our souls" "shadows" in this case refer to the mirror image of our soul, and if we cast a shadow taller than our soul, we are boasting something that is not true inside us. Revelation has brought us to this point. You ("the lady") have read 65 books in the Bible, and found it interesting reading, but book number 66 is what literally scared the hell out of you, and you have acknowledged the need to be saved as your only way of "buying" a "stairway" to Heaven. But you are boasting something (kidding yourself) that has not been validated and it's casting a shadow taller than the truth. I chose Proverbs 13:15 as the Bible passage to summarize this part of the lyrics.

"Sound thinking makes for gracious living, but liars walk a rough road."

"There walks a lady we all know, who shines white light and wants to show"

I have seen this many times interpreted as an "angel". or a "divine image". Or even God himself showing the "light". And that's fine if that's how you interpret it, and it works for you. However, that would require changing the metaphor of "the lady" several times throughout the song. When conveying a story using metaphors, the metaphor(s) must remain the same throughout, otherwise it becomes contradictive.
The metaphor for "the lady" is still you and I. And the only "lady" that walks, that we "ALL" know is ourselves.
"Who shines white light and wants to show" is the same as "our shadows taller than our soul" only instead of trying to fool ourselves, we are trying to fool others as well, by showing others (shining our light") that we are saved and have bought our stairway to heaven. But the next line illustrates that we are not yet there, something is still missing. I chose EPHESIANS 2:8-9 and Proverbs 13:7-9 as the Bible passages to summarize this part of the lyrics.

"For by GRACE are ye saved through FAITH; and that not of yourselves: it is the GIFT of God: not of works, lest any man should boast."  

"A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life. The rich can be sued for everything they have, but the poor are free of such threats. The lives of good people are brightly lit streets; the lives of the wicked are dark alleys."

"How everything still turns to gold."

A validation of the previous two lines, that you have not released the hold that "gold" (lust, greed gluttony, sloth, wrath, envy, pride) still has on you. An indication that perhaps you are not going to be able to do this on your own. Something else still needs to be done. I chose Job 11:14 as the Bible passage to summarize this part of the lyrics.

"If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles."

"And if you listen very hard, the tune will come to you at last."

Now we are back to Revelation, but now we tie it in with the other 65 books of the Bible and the words ("the tune") becomes clear. We find that a stairway can not be "bought" to Heaven, and the ONLY way to escape Revelation is to SURRENDER YOURSELF TO GOD! I chose James 1:22 and Isaiah 30:29 as the Bible passages to summarize this part of the lyrics.

"But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves."

'You will have songs as in the night when you keep the festival, And gladness of heart as when one marches to the sound of the flute, To go to the mountain of the LORD, to the Rock of Israel."

"When all are one and one is all"

As simple as this sounds, it was a bit difficult to interpret. Basically, it means that everyone is going to get their ticket to Heaven exactly the same way. Heaven is not for sale, and you can not buy a stairway to get there. Everyone gets to Heaven through Jesus Christ, there are no loop holes. I chose Ephesians 2:8 and John 14:6 as the Bible passages to summarize this part of the lyrics.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,"

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

"To be a rock and not to roll."

I chose the yin yang symbol to visually convey the interpretation of this line in the Video. All things have an opposite counterpart that exist together separately in the same space; including good and evil. And you have to choose which of the two opposites is right for you and be a "rock" to that decision and not just go with the flow. Matthew 6:24 says
"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. " There are dozens of Bible verses I could use to summarize this line, but I finally decided on 3.  2 Samuel 22:2 , 1 Corinthians 5:9-13, and  2 Corinthians 6:14 

“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior– from violent people you save me."

"I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

"Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?"

Breaking the chains that bind you

In the last few clips of this video, I try to convey a spiritual transformation. The final deliberate steps that the "lady" has failed to take to climb her "stairway" are now being taken. The first two clips show the gold being melted and the money being burned. This is not to say that if you burn all your money, you will make it to Heaven. This is a metaphor to release the "love" of gold and or money ((lust, greed gluttony, sloth, wrath, envy, pride). To denounce sin, and put Satan behind you. The next clip shows the "lady" surrendering herself to God in the midst of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. (which as we recall, scared the hell out of her). After surrendering herself to God, the doors (stores) that once closed to her, are now all opening to let her through. Now, if you notice the subtle change in lyrics, she now is no longer buying "a" stairway to Heaven, but now it is "the" stairway to Heaven. And the last clip see's her walking into the kingdom of Heaven.

1 Peter 5:6

"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you."