Was Robert Plant reading the Bible when he wrote Kashmir? The story is that he and Page were driving through the desert in Morocco when he wrote the song. As I listened to it the other day I was struck by the possible Biblical allusions. I know Plant was a bit of a reader, with the obvious influence of Tolkien and various mythologies on his music. But I don’t know if he has read the Bible or had any type of church background. Anyway, here is my eisegesis:
Whoa, let the sun beat down upon my face, and stars to fill my dream.
I am a traveler of both time and space to be where I have been,
To sit with elders of a gentle race, this world has seldom seen.
The talk of days for which they sit and wait; All will be revealed.
Could Plant have been reading Revelation? I am thinking of:
Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. Rev. 4:4
The next lines of the song are:
Talk and song from tongues of lilting grace whose sounds caress my ear,
But not a word I heard could I relate, the story was quite clear.
Which seems to match Paul’s death and resurrection experience:
I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter. 2 Cor. 12:2-4
It would be interesting to know if Plant absorbed this from the Bible, or some sort of occult reading (given the influence of Page).