Kashmir

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).

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