Fleetwood Mac - 'Rumours' [Deluxe] Liner Notes (February 2013)
"In the end, what we were going through as people - as two couples who were falling apart - was something that was appealing and interesting to an audience," says Lindsey Buckingham. "I really think there came a time when the sales of Rumours became less about the music and started being more about the phenomenon and the musical soap opera of it all. Something about it really tapped into the voyeur in everyone - including us. And it was voyeuristic in the best way possible - not in a tabloid or exploitative way, but on a more honest and real level. The truth was not being hidden, but was being all put out there to be seen and heard."
SECOND HAND NEWS
I love "Second Hand News" because it's that rhythmic up-tempo rock 'n' roll thing that Lindsey does so well - like on "Monday Morning" from Fleetwood Mac. And those are always songs that transfer well to performing onstage - because they have that original rock 'n' roll power.
It was a gift to me to help frame Stevie's songs because what she did was really wonderful. We could turn her amazing poems into these epic sonic movies. Stevie would have her epics typed out and so that was her center - the poetry of it all. By the same token, my words often came last, though I like to think I've gotten better. We were opposites who had attracted, and we brought out great things in one another.
NEVER GOING BACK AGAIN
That's a song about the fact that we're broken up, and we're done forever, at that point he's glad. But at the end of the song, Lindsey comes around a little, and he's looking through the eyes of someone who's thinking that maybe somewhere down the line we'll be together again. He was being hopeful and not slamming doors in that song. Looking back in retrospect, that's nice. He always plays it live and I'm glad he does. To me, "Never Going Back Again" is Lindsey's "Landslide."
GO YOUR OWN WAY
Even though "Go Your Own Way" was a little angry, it was also honest. So then I wrote "Dreams," and because I'm the chiffony chick who believes in fairies and angels, and Lindsey is a hardcore guy, it comes out differently. Lindsey is saying go ahead and date other men and go live your crappy life, and Stevie is singing about the rain washing you clean. We were coming at it from opposite angles, but we were really saying the exact same thing.
I DON'T WANT TO KNOW
They decided they were going to take "Silver Springs" off the album because it was too long. They recorded "I Don't Want To Know" - a guitar song that I wrote before Lindsey and I joined the band - when I was not there. Then they took me out to the parking lot and said, "We're taking 'Silver Springs' off the record because it's too long." Needless to say, I didn't react well to that. Eventually, I said, "What song are you going to put on the album instead?" They said, "We recorded 'I Don't Want To Know'" and I think Lindsey thought it would be okay with me because I wrote it. But I wasn't okay with it. That always put a shadow over "I Don't Want To Know" unfortunately - even though I love it it and it came out great. We had so many great songs at the time. It [Silver Springs] took some decades to come out - like "Planets Of The Universe."
"I Don't Want To Know" was a demo Stevie and I had before we joined the band. The tone of the song is quite upbeat, but the words are not, and that dichotomy seems to capture emotionally what was going on within the band, even though it was the closest thing to a Buckingham Nicks track on the album.
GOLD DUST WOMAN
"Gold Dust Woman" is the perfect way to follow "Oh Daddy" - it almost picks up the thought and makes it more exotic and psychedelic. It's always been a fun one to do live because of the way it unwinds so powerfully. And it's just an excellent piece of writing from Stevie. It's one of my favorites she's ever written.