Controversy after controversy, the wonders of subliminal messaging in songs and advertisement never before failed to amuse anyone. Despite the major uproar that citizens and congressmen displayed in 1953 regarding the Coca Cola advertisement on the drive-in movie, people still find subliminal messaging highly entertaining. Some even find that it makes an excellent Spot-the-hidden-message game. But while subliminal advertising is losing its flavor, satanic subliminal messages in songs has won the top spot, and is in fact a frequent search topic in all search engine.
There have been claims, time and again about how some rock music tends to contain subliminal messages when they are played backwards. This would refer to backmasking, where the lyrics, were indeed masked to bring about sexual or satanic messages.
The ever popular track that gets the Satanic Song title all year round is Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven. Listeners or lovers of this song might have been enthralled with the soothing strums of the guitar as Led Zeppelin sings about the lady who is “buying the stairway to heaven.” But little did we know that if the song is played backwards, the meaning of the song gets horribly distorted.
From the lyrics of Stairway To Heaven: “If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now/It’s just a spring clean for the May Queen/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.”
Play is backwards and you will get: “Oh here’s to my sweet Satan/The one whose little path would make me sad, whose power is Satan/He will give those with him 666/There was a little toolshed where he made us suffer, sad Satan.”
Interestingly enough there is (or was) a “Toolhouse”, known as a Satanic Church.
And as the song proceed further: “Your stairway lies on the whispering wind”
If it is played backward: “Because I like with Satan”
Usually, subliminal messages are inserted for entertainment purposes, but is was rumored that Led Zeppelin included these subliminal messages so that if these records were played backwards too many times, it would eventually spoil and hence an increase sales for them!
Another well-known example of a song with subliminal message is Eagle’s “Hotel California.”
From the lyrics of Hotel California: “There were voices down the corridor, I though I heard them say…Welcome to the Hotel California.”
Played backward: “Yeah Satan, he organized, oh, he organized his own religion. Yeah, when he knows he should, how nice it was delicious, he puts it in a vet and fixes it for his son which he gives away”
It does not really make any sense! But the “California” is actually referring to a street in Los Angeles where the first satanic church was built.
But, who listens to cassette tapes or CDs anymore? So why worry about satanic messages effecting our subconscious mind? In fact, if you were playing the song on your MP3 player, not only would you not notice the subliminal track but also it almost certainly wouldn’t be there, even if it were present on the original recording. That’s because the MP3 file format is designed to compress down in size. So worry no more. You can continue listening to Stairway To Heaven and Hotel California without turning yourself into Beelzebub.
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