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This was Christine McVie's solo on side 1 of the album. It proved her talent apart from the group. She wrote the song, sang it, and played the piano for it.
This is a very personal song for McVie about the self-sacrifice of true love. (thanks, Kristy - La Porte City, IA, for above 2)
Christine McVie has said that this song held Fleetwood Mac together during their hard times (while recording Rumours). Once the members heard this song, they thought how much they had been through and how much love they shared. (thanks, Ally - Phoenix, AZ)
This was often used to close many Fleetwood Mac shows. (thanks, Sarah - Guess, Canada)
American singer Eva Cassidy's cover was made the title track of a compilation album of recordings, which was released in 1998, two years after her death from melanoma. The album took off in the UK after Cassidy's version of "Over the Rainbow
" was played by Terry Wogan on his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show. The Songbird
set went on to top the UK album charts, almost three years after its initial release. In 2009 an audition performance of Cassidy's arrangement of this song by Shanna Goodhead on Britain's The X-Factor
, prompted enough interest to push the late American's singer's version into the UK Top 75 Singles Chart.
Christine McVie penned the song in half a hour after she woke up in the middle of the night with the song in her head. She recalled to Mojo January 2013: "I got up and I wrote it on the piano."
The song was recorded away from the studio at the University of California's Zellerbach Auditorium.
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