Stairway to Heaven has a clever lyric line ". . . in a tree by the brook there's a songbird that sings sometimes all of our thought are misgiven" my question is does the songbird sing sometimes or does the songbird sometimes sing "all of our thoughts are misgiven" or does the songbird sing "sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven"?
Most Helpful Girl
Interesting. I think "sometimes all our thoughts are misgiven" relates to the previous rhyming group, which is
"There's a sign on the wall
But she wants to be sure
'Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings"
So I think he's saying that words are often ambiguous, so sometimes all our thoughts just fill us with fear unnecessarily. I think the songbird is meant to suggest that sometimes people just talk to hear themselves talk, like the songbird sings just for the sake of singing.1
Most Helpful Guy
I always thought this song as a sort of metaphor of a transition from the past to the future.
Personally, I think it means the latter.1