Fleetwood Mac’s Twin Songs

The first single from Fleetwood Mac’s mega-smash album Rumours was “Go Your Own Way,” written by band guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. The song is about Buckingham’s relationship and break-up with fellow Mac member Stevie Nicks.

While Nicks was not angry with Buckingham writing about their relationship, there was one lyric she wanted Lindsey to remove. She told Rolling Stone magazine “I very much resented him telling the world that ‘packing up, shacking up’ with different men was all I wanted to do. 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.”

“Go Your Own Way” hit #10 on the Billboard Hot 100. For a follow-up single, the group released “Dreams,” Stevie Nicks’ take on her relationship with Lindsey. In the liner notes to the 2013 reissue of Rumours, Nicks writes “Even though “Go Your Own Way” was a little angry, it was also honest. So then I wrote ‘Dreams,” and because I’m the chiffony chick who believes in fairies and angels, and Lindsey is a hardcore guy, it comes out differently. Lindsey is saying go ahead and date other men and go live your crappy life, and Stevie is singing about the rain washing you clean. We were coming at it from opposite angles, but we were really saying the same exact thing.”

Today Lindsey Buckingham, then man who wrote Fleetwood Mac’s first top ten single (“Go Your Own Way”) and inspired their first #1 single (“Dreams”), turns 66 years old. Tunes du Jour presents twenty of his finest moments.

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