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What Is and What Should Never Be song meanings
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    General CommentTo expand on what taylorsapien wrote, it's about confidence and believeing in yourself, especially when dealing with relationships. As I have learned though my life experiences, this is where most guys totally blow it. Women want men who will take their hand and lead, without controlling or being a jerk. In this song, the guy tells the girl he is gonna take her where she wants to be and that once they arrive there, she will find that she is right where she wants to be. Confidence. But her happiness still lies with her, so she's not controlled by him. She melts, he's got his babe. How did these guys write so well??? One of my favorite Zeppelin songs.
    rock_fortyon January 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAgain, one of my favorite Zeppelin songs. I see it as a song about a man taking away a child or a young woman to a place to escape from reality. The castle is a dream, or a fantasy world in the girl's imagination.

    "Then what's to stop us, pretty baby. But What Is And What Should Never Be"
    Basically, the things in reality the girl see happening and does not want to see happening. This could range to a lot of different things.

    "So if you wake up with the sunrise, and all your dreams are still as new,"
    She has woken from her dream, and finds the dreams still fresh in her mind. The next line tells the girl, that if she wants what is in her dream or imagination, than she can find it in herself.

    The chorus and the last stanza I haven't really given much thought to yet. But when I do, you can be sure that I will tell you all what I think it means.
    Jaspin Demotheneseon April 17, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"And if you say to me tomorrow, oh what fun it all would be.
    Then what's to stop us, pretty baby. But What Is And What Should Never Be."

    I always see that line as somewhat Lolita-esque,
    Crimsonicityon June 11, 2002   Link
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    General Commentit's a dream world that once again, zeppelin creates their perfect woman and the perfect place to make love to her at, a castle that can only be reached by immagination. or a magic carpet ride.
    mattimalon June 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentOur lives never mirror the dreams that paint our smiles, but that is why we dream, to smile.
    AFellowHutchinon April 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think it's just about a perfect place that exists in all of us (what is) but we shouldn't ever be allowed to get there since it would make everything else seem mundane compared to it. Don't ask me where I got that but hey, it works.
    gimpyx2kon October 16, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwow a song involving a castle and no one tried to pin it on lotr.... thank god
    kukerdanon October 28, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think the song is referring to that relationship that shouldn't be going on.. the forbidden fruit.. you've tried it once before, and you're tempted to go back for more.. but now you know the consequences and you know that it "...should never be."
    foxyladyon November 26, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"What is and what never should be"... What a line. I couild derive so many different meanings to that line in itself, let alone the whole song. What if "what is" and "what never should be" are the same thing? Something is going on, but it shouldn't be happening; such as a forbidden love like leonie mentioned earlier making reference to Maureen's sister.
    boomerang311on December 02, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this is one of their saddest songs on #2.
    JosephWolfon December 04, 2004   Link

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