Taurus (2:37)

Cover of Spirit

From Spirit and 6 other releases

A beautiful, haunting piece, this was the theme that inspired Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven”.


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  • Malkamillian

    Led Zepp may have "nicked" the first lines of the guitar intro, but apart from that you can't say Stairway is a rip-off of this song.

    21 Mar 1:59pm Reply
  • kmanthie45

    SPIRIT was a GREAT band - Randy California (what a COOL name! sorry he left us so soon -1989, RIP, great man), his stepfather, Ed Cassidy on drums & Jay Ferguson for a spell (plus one other dude, whose name I forget-sorry) - Their 1st 3 LPs are golden - THE FAMILY WHO PLAYS TOGETHER..., SPIRIT and, of course, TWELVE DREAMS OF DR. SARDONICUS. A Trifecta of gems.

    5 Jan 12:01am Reply
  • silversurfer250


    25 May 2013 Reply
  • robertwneal

    It is in a way a paraphrase to Stairway. And in another way it is flattery to Zep. BTW, does anyone remember George Harrison's ordeal over 'My Sweet Lord'? He was sued by the Chiffons (If I recall correctly) for plagiarism for hacking their song 'He's So Fine'? George then responded with 'My Song'. And in the lyrics he sings; "there is nothing Bright (Brite) about it", referring to the company that sued him.

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Psycho_snacky


    15 Aug 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    Led Zep had to pay many of the old Blues Artists/Estates for plagiarism back in the 1990's. So suck it,Wolfgang Puck!

    12 Aug 2012 Reply
  • xtwntraphq

    A thing of beauty

    23 Jul 2012 Reply

    yes...not giving any credit and making millions with others work sure is flattery

    22 Jul 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    Big whoop..Jimmy Page learned how to use a theremin from Randy California on that '68 tour...Maybe a few other secrets,etc "borrowed'' by both bands...In the music world,too--Imitation is a sincere form of flattery!!!

    19 May 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    agreed lottadogs..can we get some peace and love down below,this isn`t youtube!

    15 Feb 2012 Reply
  • lottadogs

    I love Spirit..can't hear enough from them...

    27 Dec 2011 Reply
  • DonMajesto

    so mistiq.......

    13 Dec 2011 Reply
  • BlueOclock

    Rip Torn ripped everybody off, so much so that they changed his name from Buster Hymen, which was problematic in it's own right to Rip Torn. If I were him I'd have gone straight down to the the courthouse and opted for Jim Smith!

    31 Oct 2011 Reply
  • planet12

    Led Zep nicked it!

    30 Sep 2011 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    everyone`s a rock critic on here...stfu !

    20 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Angelina56

    Reminds me of " Stairway To Heaven" By Led Zeppelin. UNusual version. Like it very much ....indeed. Love you... Justin....

    1 Sep 2011 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    ... yeah, I don't give a fuck about Led Zeppelin stealing. They at least made their stuff way better.

    2 Jun 2011 Reply
  • pteronophobic

    We all know that Spirit ripped off The Beatles' "Michelle" for this song.

    28 May 2011 Reply
  • thegreatnando

    Taurus - Am A/G# A/G D/F# F Dm Stairway - Am A/G# A/G D/F# Fmaj7 G Am So, Stairway has 4 notes from another song played in a kind of similar manner. What about the rest of the song? The lyrics, flutes, impeccable drumming, the greatest build up and then guitar solo in history, the heavy part, etc. It's the greatest song in history. Those same four descending notes are played in countless other songs and pieces. It's a rip-off of While My Guitar Gently Weeps if it's a rip-off of Taurus.

    17 Apr 2011 Reply
  • gilliananne

    lovely! I can see how it influenced Led Zep : )

    19 Mar 2011 Reply
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