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Silver Springs by Fleetwood Mac

Album: The ChainReleased: 1977
  • Stevie Nicks wrote this after her breakup with Lindsey Buckingham, the band's guitarist and her long time boyfriend. She wanted to make sure he would never forget about her: "I'll follow you down till the sound of my voice will haunt you." In 2009, she told Rolling Stone: "It was me realizing that Lindsey was going to haunt me for the rest of my life, and he has."
  • Nicks got the idea for the title when she saw a sign for Silver Spring, Maryland while driving with Lindsey. The name was, to her, so beautiful that she wrote it into the song.
  • This was supposed to appear on Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album, but it was cut due to space limitations of vinyl. In 2002, it appeared where it was supposed to on the DVD-A release of Rumours.
  • This was used as the B-side of the singles "Go Your Own Way" and "Don't Stop." It didn't appear on an album until their 1992 The Chain box set. It was also released on their 2002 greatest hits album. >>
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    Chris - Garner, NC, for all above
  • Nicks used to check into hotels on the road under the alias "Miss Silver Spring."
  • This was bumped off the Rumors album by another song Nicks wrote called "I Don't Want To Know," which the rest of the band liked better and fit better on the album because it was shorter. Stevie was very upset with the decision and considered refusing to sing "I Don't Want To Know" in protest.
  • This was finally included in it's rightful place on the Rumours re-issue, released in 2004. This is a 2-disc set which also includes a longer bonus version of the song. >>
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    Sarah - Guess, Canada
  • During this song's performance on Fleetwood Mac's 1994 DVD The Dance, halfway through the song while singing, Stevie turns towards Lindsay and appears to be singing directly to him. It was as if she was reminding him who the song was about. Once they locked eyes, you could see and feel the emotions they must have felt many years ago when they dated and eventually broke up. A very intense moment. >>
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    Dave - Philly, PA
  • Stevie Nicks appeared on two episodes of the TV series American Horror Story: Coven, including the finale, where she performed "Seven Wonders" to open the show. Later in the episode, this song was used to underscore a scene where a witch was sent to burn at the stake.
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Comments: 25

Not long before this song was released, I ran across the expression “silver spring” in a short story, used to describe a special, romantic spring. Since I read the book from which Stevie got the Rhiannon concept (Triad, by Mary Leader), I wondered if Stevie Nicks and I had the same taste in reading material. Anyway, I was working as an afternoon-drive disc jockey at the time and always looking for new tunes to intersperse with hits. This was one of them. I found a lot of truly good songs on B sides and as album cuts. The B-side tunes like this one helped set a mood.Mavis - Upper Midwest
Silver Springs is an incredible song, and I agree, Andrew, that Rumours would have been even more amazing had it been added instead of Gold Dust Woman. Silver Springs is one of the most heart felt songs ever written and sung. I do not feel like it is a revenge song, though. Revenge is angry and means you want to get back at someone. These lyrics and tune make me feel sad, something is lost and will not be found again. The heartbroken singer knows undisputedly that there is/was a uniquely special bond with this relationship that could have trancended everything. Helplessly, she realizes that the other person does not recognize the magic they create as a couple, does not see its value, does not cherish it as she does. She knows he will never, ever find anyone or anything like her, like them together. At some point, he will know she is right, and her words will come back to haunt him. Stevie, the brilliant lyricist.Camille - Toronto, Oh
From Wikipedia: "In a 1997 documentary on the making of Rumours, Richard Dashut, the engineer and co-producer, called it "the best song that never made it to a record album". I gotta agree!Camille - Toronto, Oh
For those confused about the apparent contradictions between Lindsey's view of things in Go Your Own Way and Stevie's in Silver Springs, I believe that when considered together it is likely that Stevie did break up with Lindsey but for the reason that he cheated on her with another woman. When Lindsey refers to "shacking up is all you want to do" I suspect this refers to behavior by Stevie following the break-up not during the relationship. Regardless these two songs together by two band members about a real life situation is amazingly powerful stuff. Reality is that the energy and pain that Lindsey and Stevie experienced from their relationship sparked the best 2 to 3 year songwriting period of their respective careers. They truly were inspired by what they experienced together.Moe - Atlanta, Georgia
If 'Gold Dust Woman' got replaced by 'Silver Springs,' it would have made Rumour ten-times better, in my honest opinion!

1) The Chain
2) Never Going Back Again
3) Don't Stop
4) Go Your Own Way
5) Dreams
6) Songbird
7) Second Hand News
8) Oh Daddy
9) You Make Loving Fun
10) I Don't Want to Know
11) Silver Springs
Andrew - London, United Kingdom
"Silver Springs" was NOT the B-side of the original issue 45 "Don't Stop" , as listed above. "Don't Stop" was released with "Never Going Back Again" as it's B-side. It was indeed the B-side of "Go Your Own Way", making it one of the hardest-hitting singles ever released with Lindsey Buckingham throwing a knock-out punch at Stevie Nicks on the A-side "Packing-up, shacking-up is all you want to do. If I could, babe I'd give you my world. How can I when you won't take it from me?" And then Stevie Nicks kicked Lindsey Buckingham deep in the groin of his heart with "Silver Springs"...but in a more tactful way that I am sure he didn't get at first, but as he heard the song more and more the meaning more than likely haunted him . Women have a knack of telling men off in a way that goes over our head at the time and later when we think about what was said it haunts us...I guarantee this song haunts Lindsey Buckingham.Thomas - Shallotte, Nc
I'm surprised no one has commented on Lindsey's guitar solo in this song. I think it is one of the most beautiful pieces in rock music. My son plays guitar and when I showed him this video he was fascinated by the picking technique Lindsey uses. Lindsey started out playing Banjo when he was young and switched to guitar later. I've never seen anyone use a similar technique on electric guitar.Thomas - Macon, Ga
This song was released on the B side of Go Your Own Way, on the 45...... I still have mine!!!Keely - Grand Rapids, Mi
The best version , I think is the live from Boston one . It seems and I am sure Stevie has said that a lot if their songs were about she and lindsey and all the love triangles that the band had.Tara - Nashville, Tn
Best version of this song is from the album "The Dance".
I would like to send a shout out to Lindsey Buckingham for having an ego the size of Montana.
Without the breakup this song would not have been possible.
Jeff - Kingston, Tn
One of the saddest songs that I have ever heard in my life. Definite echoes of Edith Piaf. Stevie is one of the world's great musical treasures.Paul - Washington Dc, Dc
This song is awesome. Beautiful lyrics, such a great meaning.Betj - Lima, Oh
I remember Silver Springs being played on the radio around the time Rumours came out, then faded off the charts and playlists. I also heard it played at a Fleetwood Mac concert around that time. I think it's the best song Stevie Nicks ever wrote, and she's written some great ones. Hopefully they'll keep playing Silver Springs in concerts.Pat - Albuquerque, Nm
Time cast a spell on you...but you won't forget me...
(I was such a fool)
I know I could've loved you, but you would not let me..
(Give me one more chance)
I'll follow you down 'til the sound of my voice will haunt you..
(Haunt you)
You'll never get away from the sound of the woman that loves you..

What lyrics. talk about pain of love. I can relate to this song. It is always hard to forget someone you love so deeply, harder to forget them when they dont return the love. Time always passes but you never really forget the people you are/ were in love with. It can almost be a haunting obsession to some who are so stuck on finding love, or losing out on love that they could never have....great song
Nora - Small Town , Fl
Yeah,Dessire,I also find it odd,because listening the lyrics of Dreams and Go Your Own Way,I also gained that she was the one to break up with him!Maybe she regretted it...hehehe. Just think how annoyed Stevie and Lindsey would be if they see how we're nosing into their relationship!Bella - Pretoria
the ending is extended a little on the "crystal visions" cd!! very cool!! =^_^=Sara Mackenzie - Middle Of Nowhere, Fl
It sounds like the basis of an instrumental song called "Eleavator Beat" composed by Cameron Crowe's wife Nancy Wilson for the Vanilla Sky soundtrack, 2001.Adrian - Wellington, New Zealand
This is a beautiful song. She said that she wrote this song to say what he couldve been for her. But its kind of odd cause she was the one to brake up with him. And The song wasnt put on the album beacause it didnt fit. The song was to long and well mick was the one to tell her that that song wasnt gonna be on " Sorry but thats just how it has to be" hahaha and he told her in the studio parkinglot but she was thrilled
cause she said it was one of the things she shared with lindsey. And actually she loved how the music turned out. And lindsey didnt actually want to help her. hahaha ah great song.. so ur bof broke up with u? HAHAHAHA and it is NOT another dreams.
Dessire - El Cajon, Ca
In this song, Nicks sings "Really...I don't want to know," quite sarcastically. I wonder if this is a reference to this song being bumped off of Rumours in favor of I Don't Want to Know (my favorite FM song, incidentally) and Nicks' displeasure with the decision.Maria - Bloomington, In
"Silver Springs" is sort of like another "Dreams" for Stevie. its a revenge song. it still bugs her that lyndsey got to put "go your own way" on the Rumours album, when she wanted to put "Silver springs" on it. for some reason "go your own way" got first dibs, even though to me, "silver springs" is so much more intense. she's still a little bitter about it. i love the original recording, it reminds me of a mermaid underwater. the live version is raw and engulfing. there's nothing like the passion between stevie and lyndsey.Holliee - Waterloo, Canada
In Stevie Nicks' songs, when she says "she" she usually is referring to herself. This is one of the few songs where she refers to herself as "I". This is one of her most personal and least vailed songs. Originally released as the b-side to "Go Your Own Way" in 1976, the song was to have appeared on "Rumours". When it didn't the song faded into obscurity. Gone, but not forgotten, it was revived for the 1997 reunion album and tour. When released as a single from 1997's "The Dance" it was once again paired with "Go Your Own Way".Al - Stafford Springs, Ct
I live about an hour from Silver Spring as well, I never knew the song actually came from that, though.

Lauren, the live DVD of The Dance is intense. Stevie literally walks from her mic to Lindsey's and screams the song at him..."Never get away, Never get away, Never get away..."

It's pretty emotional.
John - Millersville, Md
omg i freakin love this song.. i think this song is the best "revenge" song of all time. i love that line that goes " i will follow u down to the sound of my voice that haunts you" she does this song with such emotion. she is feels her songs they are apart of her and a time period in her life. it is like her diary for us to hear.Melissa - Seattle, Wa
Stevie did write this for Lindsey. She wanted him to know that he will never forget her - "I'll follow you down 'til the sound of my voice will haunt you" - she said she wanted him to hear her on the radio and never forget. If you've ever seen the live version on DVD from the Dance, all the emotions come out there. She performed that on that evening thinking she'd never sing the song live again and let loose for Lindsey. Also Silver Springs was left off Rumours for I Don't Wanna Know - some say Mick and Lindsey said it would not be on Rumours, some say just Lindsey. We'll never know. Great song!Lauren - Denver, Co
The town is actually Silver Spring, MD..it's about a half hour from here...Michael - Columbia, Md
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