|Fleetwood Mac - Rumors
||Second Hand News
||Never Going Back Again
From the depths of the pain, heartbreak, and utter lunacy of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours comes a song that seems separated from the heartbreak and pain that laces the other songs' cores. The song "Never Going Back Again" is, at best, a statement of optimism, hope, and happiness. The song, and its simple acoustic guitar, sounds beautiful and uplifting, while the lyrics are slightly darker.
Lindsey has stated that this song was written about a woman he became involved with after his devastating breakup with Stevie Nicks, whom he was in a relationship with for almost seven years. The woman made Lindsey see, at least temporarily, that life after his breakup with Stevie could be just as fulfilling and sweet. She put "the wind back in his sail."
She broke down and let me in
Made me see where I've been
This line can be interpreted as Lindsey saying that the woman he met after Stevie, his new girlfriend, let him into her life and helped him see where his life and relationship to Stevie was. His new girlfriend allowed him and their relationship to become intimate--something maybe he felt that he couldn't experience after Stevie.
Been down one time
Been down two times
I'm never going back again.
Lindsey's making a positive statement here. His new girlfriend has truly lifted his spirits and shown him that there is life after his relationship with Stevie and that it¹s possible for him to be happy without her. Lindsey knows that he's been unhappy and "down" before, knows that he'll be unhappy again, and yet is telling Stevie and himself that he's never going back to the kind of heartache he experienced at the end of their relationship. By doing this he's expressing optimism in himself and his choices.
You don¹t know what it means to win
Come down and see me again
"Winning" is a common theme in many of both Lindsey's and Stevie's songs. The theme has been used in numerous songs of Stevie's, like "Long Distance Winner" from Buckingham Nicks amongst others. Also, "winners and losers" play a prominent theme in another very moving song that Lindsey wrote, "Go Insane." It seems to be very important to both of them to truly "win, " to be happy in their lives, loves, and music. Here, Lindsey feels that he is ahead, winning. He's successful musically, as well as romantically. He's viewing life as a competition, maybe, and feeling glad that he is winning.
Been down one time
Been down two times
I'm never going back again
Lindsey is reinforcing his belief that after seeing how happy he can be, he is determined never to revisit the pain he¹d been experiencing.
There will always be amounts of happiness and unhappiness in life. You can deal with your feelings or you can shove them into a corner and ignore them completely. As well, you can overcome them and see the light at the end of the tunnel. You can realize that with every bit of happiness, unhappiness may follow, and with every bit of unhappiness comes just a little bit of happiness. "Never Going Back Again" was Lindsey's way of semi-healing the pain he felt over the break-up of his relationship with Stevie and his sudden success, as well as his way of realizing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Lindsey is stating in this song that even though he has experienced both happiness and unhappiness in life and will continue to do so, he feels positive and truly knows "what it means to win."
||Go Your Own Way
The ultimate break-up song. The ultimate pop song. "Go Your Own Way" has such a passionate, furious driving beat that takes you to such a climactic explosive high, only to bring you down with the realization that it's really about the heartache of ending a relationship with someone you love. This song perfectly captures these feelings of hurt and anger.
"Go Your Own Way" was written by Lindsey Buckingham during the Rumours sessions. Lindsey has said he usually does not write the lyrics to his songs first, but rather initially has the music track in place prior to adding the lyrics. Lindsey's passionate guitar playing is what brings his feelings into his songs, while the addition of the lyrics creates a delicate balance between this guitar playing and putting his feelings into words. "Go Your Own Way" is a truthful song with intense emotions of love and fury that originate from the heart.
The song reflects the feelings he had revolving around the ending of his relationship with fellow band member and romantic partner at the time, Stevie Nicks. The music and lyrics show a man plagued by anger, confusion, and disbelief. Through Lindsey's eyes, he paints quite a different picture of what breaking-up feels like than what Stevie has portrayed about the same relationship in her songs at this time (see the mysterious "Dreams" and the haunting "Silver Springs.")
"Loving you, isn't the right thing to do, how can I ever change things that I feel." Lindsey is trying to convince himself that his love for Stevie is not good for him. By doing this, he will feel comfortable with the break-up, although, in his heart, he does not entirely believe this, saying he can never change the fact that he still loves her.
"If I could, maybe I'd give you my world. How can I, when you won't take it from me." Lindsey would give anything to Stevie - his heart, his soul, in essence, his "world" - if only she would stay. But she doesn't and he acknowledges this. "Maybe" is the key word here. Lindsey is offering her his world, but not all of it. He is still saving something for himself, possibly as a way to keep control over the relationship or to keep his self-respect. Stevie wants her independence though, and for reasons best know to her, she leaves. Lindsey does not understand why Stevie does not want to be part of his world.
"You can go your own way. Go your own way. You can call it another lonely day. You can go your own way. Go your own way." Lindsey has now gone from being very upset and passionate about getting the relationship back, to acting as if he doesn't care. The sarcasm in this statement is most likely a form of protection. Lindsey knows that Stevie is leaving him, so he says, "just go - go your own way." He doesn't send her away without a warning though, that she will be lonely without him. It is as if he is crying out for her to stay by actually telling her to leave. He is trying to convince himself that he w
With lyrics from Stevie Nicks and music from the rest of the band, The Chain has become the anthem of Fleetwood Mac. The Chain is the never ending tie that bound the band together in the past and binds them together now and, hopefully, well into the future. Undoubtedly this song speaks volumes about bitter feelings, a wavering relationship, and the need to keep the links in the chain together. What is in doubt, however, is the focus of these lyrics. Did Stevie write The Chain as a way to vent her frustration and anger over her shattered relationship with Lindsey Buckingham, or is it a statement about the fragile links between the five members of Fleetwood Mac and their need to stay together for each other and for the sake of the band - or some of both?
The Chain can easily be interpreted as the written expression of love, anger, hate and frustration toward Stevie and Lindsey’s torn relationship and their inability to communicate and interact with each other on a daily basis. This can be found in the lyrics "listen to the wind blow, watch the sun rise" and "...down comes the night". " And if you don’t love me now/ you will never love me again" could be a warning to Lindsey to be sure that breaking up is what he wants because he will never get another chance to love her, or simply that she knows their time is running out and she knew it was time to decide to stay together or go their separate ways. She might have given a clue to her desire to be away from him and the rest of the band when she writes " run in the shadows" and "damn you love/ damn you lies" . She loves him and he loves her, yet they can’t get along and she feels betrayed because he is the one who is leaving the relationship. They need to "break the silence" and start communicating, but instead he lies and finally "breaks the chain" between them. Her total rage toward him over leaving climaxes in the lyrics "I can still hear you saying/You would never break the Chain".
The lyrics also ring true when including all the members Fleetwood Mac as the focus of "The Chain". The discord between Stevie and Lindsey, Christine and John, and the endless fighting within the group took a terrible toll on the band. The energy and passion shown in their music was being consumed by disagreements, finally resulting in Lindsey’s departure. "Listen to the wind blow" could refer to the turmoil the band was in day in and day out. Everyone fighting, everyone wanting nothing more that to get away from everyone else. Everyone wanting to get away - to "run in the shadows". Their need to be together was tearing them all apart, and the glue holding them together was weakening day after day - "Listen to the wind blow/ down comes the night". The only way to resolve their problems would be to start communicating - to " break the silence" and strengthen the chain again. Stevie’s overwhelming personal anger toward Lindsey comes through with "damn you love/ damn your lies" and "... if you don’t love me now/ you will never love me again". The song comes to a climax with the resounding pain and anger of " I can still hear you saying/ you would never break the chain".
Fortunately for all of us, the strength of the five links in the chain have been restored. Their wounds have healed and they have grown together again. Whether or not these lyric interpretations are valid or not are almost irrelevant. What IS relevant is that they came back together - not just for all of us, but for themselves. They have finally healed and "broken the silence". Maybe now they will finally stay together and "...never break the chain".
||You Make Loving Fun
||I Don't Wanna Know
||Gold Dust Woman
||The Record Plant, Sausalito and Los Angeles, California; Wally Heider Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California; Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida; Davlen Recording Studio, North Hollywood, California; "Songbird" recorded at Zellerback Auditorium, U.C.Berkeley, March 3rd, 1976
|John McVie: Bass
Lindsey Buckingham, Guitars,Vocals
Stevie Nicks: Vocals
Mick Fleetwood: Drums, Percussion
Christine McVie: Keyboards, Synthesizers
Sound City, Van Nuys, California and the Record Plant, Los Angeles, California
Ken Caillat, Richard Dashut, Assisted by Cris Morris
FLEETWOOD MAC with Richard Dashut and Ken Caillat