DREAMS

"I always put something at the end that says there's hope. You know, 'When the rain washes you clean you'll know.' And that's an old Indian [Native American] custom... that if it rains, something like that, when somebody dies... if it rains, their spirit is set free."
~Stevie Nicks, In the Studio with Fleetwood Mac interview

"Love affairs are timeless, I mean, they don't change. That's why these songs [on Rumours] are timeless, I think. And that's why they're timeless to me and that's why I can walk out on the stage today and still sing them... and still feel the same way as when I wrote them is because I can remember so how I felt at that point, and I can remember the tears, and I can remember how hard it was for me to play Dreams the first time, for the whole band, because I know it would probably really upset Lindsey, and probably really upset Chris and John, and probably really upset Mick and really upset me. And if I could even get through it I'd be lucky."
~Stevie Nicks, In the Studio with Fleetwood Mac interview

"Dreams was uh about Lindsey and I... it was me trying to be philosophic once again. Whether or not I succeeded, I don't know. I love the song Dreams. I never get tired of singing Dreams."
~Stevie Nicks, The Source, 1981

"Dreams has always been in our [Fleetwood Mac's] set. And will probably always be in the set. People ask me, you know, 'how do you sing Dreams every night?' Cause I also do it in my own show. I say, well, I just transport myself back to the Record Plant, sitting up on the Marshall amplifier, cross legged, singing. Cause I wrote it at the Record Plant... I just take myself back to that place, and I remember why I wrote it, and what kind of frame of mind I was in, and I just try to become that entity again, that was right there, seriously writing it. And so when I sing it, I love singing it. I'm not tired of it."
~Stevie Nicks, Up Close, 1994 

"When we were first recording the Rumours record we spent two months in Sausalito at the Record Plant, and as far as I'm concerned that's when we actually recorded the record. It took another eight months after that, but the tracks were all done there. Um, while they're doing all kinds of stuff and there's nothing for me to do, I went next door to Sly Stone's studio within the building, this big, like, black and red room with a kind of a stairway that went down into this, like, kind of tunnel thing where people would set up and play around this like light house sort of setup. And I took my little Fender Rhodes piano in there and I wrote Dreams. And I spent about an hour in there, and then I went back in to Fleetwood Mac and actually was brave enough to just play, play it for them, cause I really thought it was good, [smiles] and uh, and they liked it and we recorded it that night. That is the story of Dreams."
~Stevie Nicks, VH1 Storytellers 1998

"Lindsey writes Go Your Own Way and I write Dreams... I write philosophically, he writes angry! So yes, a lot of the stuff that, you know, little sentences or stuff that he would say would upset me. However, as a songwriter, I have to respect that he's gonna write about what's happening to him, and so am I. So I could never say to him, you know, back off! Stop writing songs about me, because that was his life then and that's when the best songs are written and it doesn't really matter who breaks up with who at that point, that's when everybody writes the best songs... and that's what happened on Rumours! I mean, maybe we would have killed each other if we hadn't have been able to write those songs, you know ... if we hadn't have been able to put that energy into the music and rise above it that way, then maybe we would have just gone totally freaked out on each other."
~BBC Special, Rumours, November 1998

Stevie Nicks: "I think what happens with something like Dreams, the idea of writing it in Sly Stone’s studio, black velvet bed, and curtains you could pull... it just flowed out. It was written in about 5 minutes… and I recorded it on a little cassette; that way I wouldn’t be nervous about playing it for the band. Everybody really liked it and we recorded it right away.

Ken Caillat: "When you guys were working on those bass and drum parts…do you remember this coming together quickly?"

John McVie: "Most of the bass parts were pretty much as they first came out of the shoe. There might’ve been one or two exceptions… I think I butted heads with Lindsey on one of them (laughs)… but most of them were pretty much as they came out."

Mick Fleetwood: "That comes from years of playing the way we played… certainly a blues background, where you listen intently to what the vocal is doing."

John McVie: "Make it simple as possible…give it a lot of air and space. It allows the rest of the song to have sort of an ethereal quality."

Stevie Nicks: "In the beginning there wasn’t a piano, and I wrote all my songs on guitar. I took lessons when I was 16, when I took lessons, just a few lessons…that’s all I wrote on then. On the piano I can noozle myself into chords, even though I don’t have any idea what I’m doing. But still, they aren’t just C, F and G."

Lindsey Buckingham: "Dreams was an interesting outcome for something which didn’t have a lot of variety in terms of it’s chord structures, but tons of variety in terms of it’s melodic left and right turns. There were 3 distinct sections that really were the key. There is no drama without contrast, and we made the contrast out of all that,, and it was a lot of fun.
Stevie Nicks: "That was one of the few songs that I just played and everyone went “Oh yeah!” and liked it. You know… Dreams was a gift."
~Fleetwood Mac, Rumours DVD-A

"Well you know, probably 'Dreams' is my favorite. And that really is about Lindsey and I. And it’s the song that’s in the set today. It’s the one that never gets dropped. So it has that kind of staying power, for some reason. It’s always fun to sing, and it’s always fun to deliver to the audience, because I can see them being right with me when I do that song. It brings back so many memories for everybody that it’s really fun, it has STAYED really fun. "
~Stevie Nicks, John Tesh Radio Interview, 2001

I DON'T WANT TO KNOW

Lindsey Buckingham: "It was actually something Stevie and I were doing before we were in the band."

Stevie Nicks: "It was on the demo we came to LA with."

Lindsey Buckingham: "That would’ve been back in 1974 when she wrote that. And we did perform that live on several occasions. I think it was slightly inspired by Buddy Holly, after the Buckingham Nicks era certainly. But when we tried to get things going, and we were dealing with indifference from management and label and people trying to get us on the circuit."

Mick Fleetwood: "That song often gets forgotten about in terms of it being part of Rumours. I think it’s really unique. You get those voices together. And that was their style. That’s says what it was that we heard that they brought into this thing called Fleetwood Mac. Everything else grew from around that and all the exchanges with Chris and Lindsey and Stevie as writers and me and John playing. It became a unique thing."

Lindsey Buckingham: "We had to make a call on what the album needed. Kind of the group will would edit in and out what was working and what wasn’t. And that was great. At the eleventh hour to cut in something and have it be so straight ahead, and it didn’t require any pondering at all. That’s the atypical song on Rumours for sure."
~Fleetwood Mac, Rumours DVD-A

GOLD DUST WOMAN

"It's about groupie-type ladies. About women who stand around and give me and Christine dirty looks but as soon as a guy comes in the room are overcome with smiles."
~Stevie Nicks, Crawdaddy, November 1976

[On the imagery of the dragon and the black widow] "That just means anger. The black widow, the dragon thing. It's all about being scared and angry."
~Stevie Nicks, SPIN Magazine, October 1997

"Gold Dust Woman was a little bit about drugs... it was about, you know, keeping going. It was about cocaine. And, uh, you know after all these years... since I haven't done any cocaine since 1986 I can talk about it now, you know. But it was, ah, at that point... it was... I don't think I had ever been so tired in my whole life as I was when we were like - doing that. You know I think it was shocking me... the whole rock'n'roll life, was really heavy and it was so much work and it was so everyday intense, you know. Being in Fleetwood Mac was like being in the army. It was like you have to be there. You have to be there and you have to be there as on time as you can be there. And even if there's nothing you have to do, you have to be there. So Gold Dust Woman was really my kind of symbolic look at somebody going through a bad relationship, and doing a lot of drugs, and trying to just make it, trying to live... you know, trying to get through it to the next thing.
~Stevie Nicks, VH1's The Making of Rumours, 1997

[On what Gold Dust Woman is about] "Well the gold dust refers to cocaine, but it's not completely about that, because there wasn't that much cocaine around then. Everybody was doing a little bit... you know, we never bought it or anything, it was just around... and I think I had a real serious flash of what this stuff could be, of what it could do to you. The whole thing about how we love the ritual of it, the little bottle, the diamond-studded spoons, the fabulous velvet bags. For me, it fit right into the candles and incense and all that stuff. And I really imagined that it could overtake everything, never thinking in a million years it would overtake me. I must have met a few people who I thought did too much coke, and I must have been impressed by that. Because I made it into a whole story."
~Stevie Nicks, SPIN Magazine, October, 1997

"I was definitely swept away about how big Fleetwood Mac was and how famous I suddenly was. Me, who couldn't buy anything before, could go in any store and buy anything I wanted. And I wondered what that would do to me on down the line. I might be a ruler, but maybe I'd be lousy lover."
~Stevie Nicks on the lyrics 'rulers make bad lovers', SPIN Magazine, October 1997

"I don't even know what Gold Dust Woman is about. I know there was cocaine there and that I fancied it gold dust, somehow. I'm going to have to go back to my journals and see if I can pull something out about Gold Dust Woman. Because I don't really know. It's weird that I'm not quite sure. It can't be all about cocaine."
~Stevie Nicks, SPIN Magazine, October 1997

"I thought it was great. It's a little raucous for me, but she's so very true to my song."
~Stevie Nicks on what she thinks of Courtney Love's cover of Gold Dust Woman, Us Magazine January 1998

Stevie Nicks: "Well I’m sure the Gold Dust Woman was me. It was kind of written about LA and how heavy it was here. The whole Los Angeles and ‘Hollywood thing,’ you know."

Lindsey Buckingham: "It’s probably the loosest thing on the whole record, in the best possible way. It’s kind of jazzy and moves into an area of non-structure. I think that’s where everything was going. It was really a no-holds-barred approach that started off in a structured place, and there were 3 part harmonies that were relative to everything else on the album."

Mick Fleetwood: "It was a candidate to unleash a cacophony of sounds and things that you could hear…trailing off over the mountains."

Stevie Nicks: "Didn’t we do something very scary like throwing down glass? I think we took it off in the end because it was too scary… and we did it again on Tusk I think."

Lindsey Buckingham: "It’s a great piece. The whole tag of that song… Mick was doing some transcended keyboard parts and it was really an evolving song."

Mick Fleetwood: "Transcension was a word made back in the 70's. Truly from fatigue or various abuses, one found yourself doing things that were off the wall. Some worked and some didn’t. It was truly an example of that because Stevie thought she was a cat!" (Stevie purrs)
~Fleetwood Mac, Rumours DVD-A

"At that time, everybody around me was doing it [cocaine]. Lindsey and I wonder if we hadn't moved to LA would we ever have got into drugs? Drug-taking was methodical when we got to LA. It was, 'Here, try this.' Everybody was so willing to give you stuff and tell you you'd like it. Gold Dust Woman was about how we all love the ritual of it, the little bottle, the diamond-studded spoons, the fabulous velvet bags. For me, it fitted right into the incense and candles and that stuff. And I never really imagined that it could overtake everything, never thinking in a million years that it would overtake me."
~Stevie Nicks, Uncut magazine, 2003