SILVER SPRINGS

"There's a real heartbreaker from me, too. A heartbreaker, called Silver Springs. Yeah, that's my, that's my alias on the road, "Miss Silver Spring". [When asked about how the song came about] Just a, uh, a sign in, in Virginia or something that said, you know, next exit Silver Springs and I just thought it was ... yeah, I thought it was wonderful...so I just went home and wrote this song about it."
~Stevie Nicks, KOME radio interview, 1976

"It [Silver Springs] was on the back of 'Go Your Own Way' and that was it. It was too long, so they took it off the record. It was not one of my... most memorable moments. I was very, very bummed. I was really upset about it. But... once again, that's why we go do the compromise. They didn't want to put it on the album. And there was just nothing I could do about it. I was up against a brick wall."
~Stevie Nicks, Chris Eric Stevens Spotlight Special, 2-21-82 

"I wrote it for Rumours, and fourteen years ago I walked into the studio and the record was basically done. It was at the Record Plant, and Mick said, 'Stevie, I need vou to come outside to the parking lot cause I need to talk to vou for a minute.' And I knew it was reallv serious 'cause Mick never asks you to go out to the parking lot for anything.

So we walked to the huge Record Plant parking lot and he said, 'I'm taking Silver Springs off the record.' And, of course, my first reaction was, 'Why?' And he said, 'There's a lot of reasons, but because basicallv it's just too long. And we think that there's another of vour songs that's better, so that's what we want to do.' Before I started to get upset about Silver Springs, I said, 'What other song?' And he said, 'A song called I Don't Want To Know.' And I said, 'But I don't want that song on this record.' And he said, 'Well, then don't sing it.'

And then I started to scream bloody murder and probably said every horriblv mean thing that you could possibly say to another human being, and walked back in the studio completely flipped out. I said, 'Well, I'm not gonna sing I Don't Want To Know. I am one-fifth of this band.' And they said. 'Well, if vou don't like it, you can either (a) take a hike or (b) you better go out there and sing I Don't Want To Know or you're only gonna have two songs on the record.' And so, basically, with a gun to my head, I went out and sang I Don't Want To Know. And they put Silver Springs on the back of Go Your Own Way."
~Stevie Nicks, BBC radio interview, 1991

"You have to realize that Silver Springs was so genuinely kicked off the record 20 years ago, and I was so genuinely devastated...because I loved the song and it was one of the Rumours songs. So I never thought that Silver Springs would ever be performed on stage, would ever be heard of again so it, like, and my beautiful song just disappeared. So for it to come back around like this has really been, really special to me."
~Stevie Nicks, MTV Interview, 1997

[On why she wrote Silver Springs and what she wanted to say to Lindsey] 'I'm so angry with you. You will listen to me on the radio for the rest of your life, and it will bug you. I hope it bugs you.' "
~Stevie Nicks, Arizona Republic, August 12, 1997

"In six weeks of rehearsal, it [performing Silver Springs for the MTV special] was never like that...Only on Friday night did we let it go into something deeper. When we went on Friday, I knew we'd bring it out in case it was the last thing we'd ever do. The other shows were really, really good, but they weren't the show I wanted to leave behind. This show was...I wanted people to stand back and really watch and understand what [the relationship with Lindsey] was."
~Stevie Nicks, Arizona Republic, August 12, 1997

"We're happy because Silver Springs, kind of - because it was such a long song - got dropped, because it was too long to put on the record. And you know, with that, it kind of... I thought 'well, you know, its never going to see the light of day now'. It did kind of become a little bit of a cult thing. Now that it's - that we decided to do it again this time, and everybody seems to be really pleased with it, I'm really happy. I gave this song to my mom, writers and publishing, the whole thing. And then it was going to be this great thing, and it was going to go on the record, and my mom was going to make a lot of money. And we were going to be really happy cause she wouldn't take anything from me. I couldn't just give her money, you know. So to give her a song was this great thing and then it was taken [laughs] off the record. So it was like a double tragedy, so it's just so great that it's being done again."
~Stevie Nicks, The Mark and Brian Show, 8-15-97

"Well, since that performance I have to sing Silver Springs to him almost every day, so Lindsey and I get to do and say things that we wouldn't get to say to each other in real life. It's like a release. Even now, we don't talk much, so when those songs come around and are directly involved with our relationship it's very therapeutic to work that stuff out. This way we get to have closure."
~Stevie Nicks, Miami Herald Nov 6, 1997

(Regarding "Silver Springs") "'Silver Springs' was all about me and Lindsey, you know. I mean, he didn't write beautiful love songs about me, but I did write some beautiful love songs about him."
~Stevie Nicks, 1997

"Silver Springs" was on Rumours. It was on the track list, it was gonna be on the record, but at the very last minute it was taken off, much to my disbelief. And the reason was because the song was way too long. It was really heartbreaking because it's such a wonderful song. And because it was taken off [Rumours], we've never performed it live. 'Cause, you know, when you go out on tour you can only do two or three new songs. You can't bore the audience or they'll just walk. Anyway, a few months ago we decided to do it again. When we went into rehearsal, we played it and it sounded really good. The neat thing is that I had given this song to my mom--writing, publishing, everything. So when it was taken off the record, it was really a double disaster.

Especially that record! [laughs]

It was released as the B-side for the "Go Your Own Way" single, but you know how it goes, singles get released, people lose them, nobody has them anymore. Pretty soon, it's gone. So now "Silver Springs" is on the new record and my mom's totally excited. She has an antique store that's called "Silver Springs" and the phone is ringing off the hook. It's just gonna be great! After all this time, my song, well her song, actually gets to be what it was supposed to be 20 years ago."
~Stevie Nicks, BAM Magazine, 1997

"I wrote Silver Springs uh, about Lindsey. And I... we were in Maryland somewhere driving under a freeway sign that said Silver Spring, Maryland. And I loved the name... Silver Springs sounded like a pretty fabulous place to me. And uh, 'You could be my silver springs...' that's just a whole symbolic thing of what you could have been to me."
~Stevie Nicks, Classic Albums: Rumours, video 1998

Stevie Nicks: "I got the idea from a freeway sign as we drove under the sign that said Silver Springs, Maryland. And… that’s the kind of writer that I am. If I hear a name I really like, I can maybe write a story about it."

Lindsey Buckingham: "It’s an interesting song in what it seems to be saying. Very bittersweet… because she’s talking about being MY Silver Spring, and what we could have been as lovers. A beautifully put together song on a musical level. It has some of the best guitar work on the album, speaking for what I was able to contribute to it. A lot of layering and volume pedals, textures across the top, and acoustic picking."

Mick Fleetwood: "The subtlety of what we got into as players… you really hear a lot of these delicate things that went on during the recording. Most of it was amazingly natural."

Lindsey Buckingham: "I know Stevie was disappointed that it didn’t make it at the time. We were worried a bit about the flow of the album and what the album needed. It was a shame that it didn’t make it. It was certainly warranted."

Mick Fleetwood: "The reason why it didn’t make it was because vinyl was good quality up to 22 minutes per side. So we had to cut a song, unfortunately."

Christine McVie: "It’s back where it belongs. It should’ve been on the record, and we all loved it. I get the chills actually, listening to it."

Lindsey Buckingham: "It’s like a great scene from a movie that gets cut and left on the cutting room floor. But it is…it’s a great song."

Stevie Nicks: "It’s like…the couple is back together!"

Mick Fleetwood: "At last I can rest easy. I was the unfortunate person who had to tell Stevie it wasn’t going on the album. Well, now you can forgive me, Stevie."
~Fleetwood Mac, Rumours DVD-A

SWEET GIRL

"It's about what we gave up to be rock stars. I was thinking about everyone in Fleetwood Mac when I wrote that. I didn't get married or have children. And Christine didn't have children, either. We did this instead. That's what the song is about. I look back on my life and there are men who said, 'I waited all my life for you, sweet girl. But you're not going to stay. You're on your way out as we speak.' That's the way it's always been and that's why I wanted the band to do this song. It really is our story."
~Stevie Nicks Boston Globe 8-8-97

"Every once in a while something will hit me, and I'll almost burst into tears. It doesn't happen too often. It happened once on the last Fleetwood Mac tour, at a certain part in "Sweet Girl." [singing] "Go through the . . . traffic, it goes through the fog/The sun is burning me, and you come walking out in the rain with me" - something like that. I just started thinking about how Christine [McVie] didn't want to go back out on the road, and it upset me. I was thinking of her as Sweet Girl! She was standing right there, next to me. I have to be careful because I'm real emotional and I could go that way every night if I let myself. I don't, because it's not going to do me any good to burst into tears in the middle of "Silver Springs" or something. So I keep the emotion at a certain level."
~Stevie Nicks, Interview magazine, 7-98