Sang along with Daria Shilova to this beautiful breakup song and played it on repeat in the car last night. One of Fleetwood Mac’s most classic tunes, “Go Your Own Way”, here covers by Churchill in a folk rock style.
This is from Mac’s eleventh studio album Rumours (1977). It was released as the album’s first single in December 1976 on both sides of the Atlantic. It was the band’s first top-ten hit in the United States and was ranked number 120 by Rolling Stone magazine on their list of greatest rock songs of all time.
Lyrically, “Go Your Own Way” is a breakup song, specifically directed at Lindsey Buckingham’s bandmate and former lover whom he had known since he was sixteen years old, Stevie Nicks.
“I was so devastated when she took off,” Buckingham noted. “And yet I had to make hits for her. I had to do a lot of things for her that I really didn’t want to do. And yet I did them. So on one level I was a complete professional in rising above that, but there was a lot of pent-up frustration and anger towards Stevie in me for many years.” As he was crafting the lyrics, Buckingham came to the conclusion that the songwriting process helped him come to terms with reality, despite his fallout with Nicks.
Upon listening back to the song, Stevie Nicks demanded that Buckingham remove the line “Packing up, shacking up is all you wanna do”, but he ultimately decided to keep those lyrics in the final song. Stevie Nicks explained her feelings about the line: “I very much resented him telling the world that ‘packing up, shacking up’ with different men was all I wanted to do,” she told Rolling Stone. “He knew it wasn’t true. It was just an angry thing that he said. Every time those words would come onstage, I wanted to go over and kill him. He knew it, so he really pushed my buttons through that. It was like, ‘I’ll make you suffer for leaving me.’ And I did.”
Rumours is a breakup record with a happy ending: it has sold over 45 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.
Text: Wikipedia, Rolling Stone.
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