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Whole Lotta Trouble
    Authors »
Stevie Nicks, Mike/Michael Campbell

    Year Written »
1989

    Lyrics »

Would you change your mind, at the very last moment
Would you say stop for a second...I'll bet you could think for a minute
In the morning light...he says, "When will I see you?"
She says, "I don't think tomorrow, baby."
Sometimes I wonder if things would change if we stayed together
Would you change your mind, at the very last minute
I think you should stop for a second...Think for a moment

This could be a whole lotta trouble
Whole lotta trouble
Whole lotta trouble for you
Well this could be a whole lotta trouble
Whole lotta trouble
Whole lotta trouble for you

And the angel said, "Well you must have had a dream...
And you remember it..." Till the dream followed through...
Till the-end of the dream...and the dream came true
When I want something...I get it
"You'd better go", he says, "Yes I think I better,"
Stop for a moment...I think you should think for a minute
Would you change your mind, at the very last minute
When I want something...I get it!

Whole lotta trouble
Whole lotta trouble
Whole lotta trouble for you
Well this could be a whole lotta trouble
Whole lotta trouble, baby
Whole lotta trouble for you

Oh yeah, oh yeah...Not guilty...Have mercy!
Oh he says, "You could be my prisoner...
Well you're not living in the real world...
You're not living in the real world."

You're not my friend...you're not my love
And this is something that we really don't discuss

"Where are you?" Sometimes I hear you crying...
And I wake up...and I get through it

Well this could be a whole lotta trouble
Whole lotta trouble
Whole lotta trouble for you...
Well this could be a whole lotta trouble
Whole lotta trouble, baby
A whole lotta trouble for you...

    Fan Interpretation »

Stevie Nicks mentions in the liner notes for her greatest hits album Timespace that "Whole Lotta Trouble" is the only song that was ever done exactly the way she wanted, thanks to Heartbreaker Michael Campbell. Stevie also mentions the song is written for Tom Petty and Bob Dylan. However, Stevie does not mention just what the song is about.

Would you change your mind, at the very last moment
Would you say stop for a second
I'll bet you could think for a minute
In the morning light he says when will I see you
She says I don't think tomorrow, baby
Sometimes I wonder if things would change if we stayed together
Would you change your mind, at the very last minute
I think you should stop for a second
Think for a moment

It's quite safe to assume that Stevie once had a relationship with whomever this song is about. Stevie is mainly implying that he didn't think about what his leaving her life would do to him and now she wonders if he would change his mind about it. As many of Stevie's songs do, this song fits, but is not limited to, her relationship with Lindsey Buckingham. "Whole Lotta Trouble" was released on Stevie's 1989 album, The Other Side of the Mirror, two years after Lindsey's departure from Fleetwood Mac. It's probable that Stevie is telling Lindsey what he's in for without the band. Stevie is also wondering if Lindsey would have left the band if they hadn't broken up all those years before.

You'd better go
He says yes I think I better

Whoever this is, whether it be Lindsey or anyone else, has worn out their welcome in Stevie's life. She feels that despite the pain it will cause, maybe he should leave. Stevie doesn't feel she needs anymore from this person.

Oh yeah, oh yeah not guilty have mercy!
Oh he says you could be my prisoner
Well you're not living in the real world
You're not living in the real world
You're not my friend you're not my love
And this is something that we really don't discuss
Where are you sometimes I hear you crying
And I wake up and I get through it

Stevie is mainly saying that she doesn't really need him, she's not going to sacrifice for him. He wanted to leave her life, but he doesn't want to give all of her up. Stevie has already exited him from her life and has no more to say. His feelings don't concern her anymore and she has no more concern for his feelings. What the trouble coming is could be anything. It could be the trouble Lindsey is going to face without her and the band. It could be the trouble another man is going to face without Stevie in his life. Or the trouble could even be what Stevie is going to face without these men in her life. Whatever it is, the message is clear. There's gonna be a whole lotta trouble for you!

(The interpretations to these lyrics were compiled through discussions on the message boards of the Penguin, The Ledge. It is entirely possible that the artists had something completely different in mind.)

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    Performances »
Performance #1:
Date Performance 1989-00-00
Running Time 4:31
Performers Rupert Hine (Produced By), Rupert Hine (Arranged By), Chris Lord-Alge (Remixed By), Jerry Marotta (Drums), Tony Levin (Stick Bass), Mike/Michael Campbell (Slide Acoustic Guitar), Mike/Michael Campbell (Guitars), Waddy (Robert) Wachtel (Guitars), Jaime West-Oram (Guitars), Rupert Hine (Keyboards), Jerry Hey (Brass), Gary Grant (Brass), Mark/Marc Russo (Brass), Larry (Lawrence Lowell) William(s) (Brass), Stevie Nicks (Percussion), Rupert Hine (Percussion), Lori Perry-Nicks/Perry/Nicks (Background Vocals), Sharon Celani (Background Vocals), Stevie Nicks (Vocals), Stephen W. Taylor/Tayler (Recorded By), Tom Lord-Alge (Remixed By), Stephen W. Taylor/Tayler (Mixed By)
Comments(Remix) Though this seems to be the same remix, the Enchanted notes state this was remixed by Chris Lord-Alge whereas the Timespace notes list that this was remixed by Tom Lord-Alge
Appears On
Enchanted (1998)
Stevie Nicks
Timespace: The Best Of Stevie Nicks (1991)
Stevie Nicks
Performance #2:
Date Performance 1989-00-00
Running Time 4:58
Performers Jerry Marotta (Drums), Tony Levin (Stick Bass), Mike/Michael Campbell (Guitars), Waddy (Robert) Wachtel (Guitars), Jaime West-Oram (Guitars), Rupert Hine (Keyboards), Mark/Marc Russo (Brass), Gary Grant (Brass), Jerry Hey (Brass), Stevie Nicks (Percussion), The L.A. Horns (Brass), Rupert Hine (Percussion), Sharon Celani (Backing Vocals), Lori Perry-Nicks/Perry/Nicks (Backing Vocals), Stevie Nicks (Vocals), Mike/Michael Campbell (Slide Acoustic Guitar), Larry (Lawrence Lowell) William(s) (Brass), Rupert Hine (Produced By), Rupert Hine (Arranged By)
Appears On
The Other Side Of The Mirror (1989)
Stevie Nicks
Performance #3:
Date Performance 1991-11-11
Running Time 4:32
Performers Stevie Nicks (Vocals)
CommentsRecorded live in Los Angeles on the Timespace tour.
Appears On
Live In Los Angeles (Pretty Mac Goes Metal) (1991)
Stevie Nicks
Performance #4:
Date Performance 1993-00-00
Running Time 4:32
Performers Stevie Nicks (Vocals)
CommentsRecorded live in Hollywood, CA
Appears On
Livespace (1994)
Stevie Nicks
Performance #5:
Date Performance 1993-00-00
Performers Stevie Nicks (Vocals)
CommentsRecorded live at The Whiskey.
Appears On
Live At The Whiskey (1993)
Stevie Nicks
Performance #6:
Date Performance 1989-00-00
Running Time 4:58
Performers Jerry Marotta (Drums), Tony Levin (Stick Bass), Mike/Michael Campbell (Guitars), Waddy (Robert) Wachtel (Guitars), Jaime West-Oram (Guitars), Rupert Hine (Keyboards), Mark/Marc Russo (Brass), Gary Grant (Brass), Jerry Hey (Brass), Stevie Nicks (Percussion), The L.A. Horns (Brass), Rupert Hine (Percussion), Sharon Celani (Backing Vocals), Lori Perry-Nicks/Perry/Nicks (Backing Vocals), Stevie Nicks (Vocals), Mike/Michael Campbell (Slide Acoustic Guitar), Larry (Lawrence Lowell) William(s) (Brass), Rupert Hine (Produced By), Rupert Hine (Arranged By)
Appears On
Off The Record (1994)
Stevie Nicks
Performance #7:
Date Performance 1989-00-00
Performers Stevie Nicks (Vocals)
CommentsRecorded live in Houston during the Other Side Of The Mirror Tour.
Appears On
Live In Houston (0000)
Stevie Nicks
Performance #8:
Date Performance 1989-00-00
Running Time 4:58
Performers Jerry Marotta (Drums), Tony Levin (Stick Bass), Mike/Michael Campbell (Guitars), Waddy (Robert) Wachtel (Guitars), Jaime West-Oram (Guitars), Rupert Hine (Keyboards), Mark/Marc Russo (Brass), Gary Grant (Brass), Jerry Hey (Brass), Stevie Nicks (Percussion), The L.A. Horns (Brass), Rupert Hine (Percussion), Sharon Celani (Backing Vocals), Lori Perry-Nicks/Perry/Nicks (Backing Vocals), Stevie Nicks (Vocals), Mike/Michael Campbell (Slide Acoustic Guitar), Larry (Lawrence Lowell) William(s) (Brass), Rupert Hine (Produced By), Rupert Hine (Arranged By)
Appears On
Off The Record (1992)
Stevie Nicks
Performance #9:
Date Performance 1989-00-00
Performers Stevie Nicks (Vocals)
CommentsRecorded live in Houston during the Other Side Of The Mirror Tour.
Appears On
Superstar Concert Series (1990)
Stevie Nicks
Performance #10:
Date Performance 1989-00-00
Running Time 4:58
Performers Jerry Marotta (Drums), Tony Levin (Stick Bass), Mike/Michael Campbell (Guitars), Waddy (Robert) Wachtel (Guitars), Jaime West-Oram (Guitars), Rupert Hine (Keyboards), Mark/Marc Russo (Brass), Gary Grant (Brass), Jerry Hey (Brass), Stevie Nicks (Percussion), The L.A. Horns (Brass), Rupert Hine (Percussion), Sharon Celani (Backing Vocals), Lori Perry-Nicks/Perry/Nicks (Backing Vocals), Stevie Nicks (Vocals), Mike/Michael Campbell (Slide Acoustic Guitar), Larry (Lawrence Lowell) William(s) (Brass), Rupert Hine (Produced By), Rupert Hine (Arranged By)
Appears On
Up Close (1989)
Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks: The Other Side Of The Mirror (1989)
Warner Brothers Publications Inc.
The Best Of Stevie Nicks: Timespace (1991)
Warner Brothers Publications Inc.
Whole Lotta Trouble/Ghosts (1989)
Stevie Nicks
Whole Lotta Trouble/Edge Of Seventeen (1989)
Stevie Nicks
Performance #11:
Date Performance 1989-00-00
Running Time 4:31
Performers Rupert Hine (Produced By), Rupert Hine (Arranged By), Chris Lord-Alge (Remixed By), Jerry Marotta (Drums), Tony Levin (Stick Bass), Mike/Michael Campbell (Slide Acoustic Guitar), Mike/Michael Campbell (Guitars), Waddy (Robert) Wachtel (Guitars), Jaime West-Oram (Guitars), Rupert Hine (Keyboards), Jerry Hey (Brass), Gary Grant (Brass), Mark/Marc Russo (Brass), Larry (Lawrence Lowell) William(s) (Brass), Stevie Nicks (Percussion), Rupert Hine (Percussion), Lori Perry-Nicks/Perry/Nicks (Background Vocals), Sharon Celani (Background Vocals), Stevie Nicks (Vocals), Stephen W. Taylor/Tayler (Recorded By), Tom Lord-Alge (Remixed By), Stephen W. Taylor/Tayler (Mixed By)
Comments(Remix) Though this seems to be the same remix, the Enchanted notes state this was remixed by Chris Lord-Alge whereas the Timespace notes list that this was remixed by Tom Lord-Alge
Appears On
Whole Lotta Trouble/Beauty And The Beast/Rooms On Fire (1989)
Stevie Nicks

    Comments »

(C) 1989 Published by Warner Chappell Music Ltd./Welsh Witch Music (BMI) admin. by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./Wild Gator Music/WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved. Stevie Nicks: "Written for Tom Petty and Bob Dylan. Inspired by Michael Campbell and The Heartbreakers. I recorded this song in Michael's room in Sydney, Australia, on his 4-Track. I actually played guitar, and almost a year later, Michael had worked up a track right along with what I had played in Australia. He wrote a bridge for it, and when I got home from my tour, he insisted I come up and sing it exactly as I had played it that night; and he could play his track right along to me playing rock and roll guitar...I was totally flattered. On the other side of the coin, he is the only person in my whole life who has EVER done one of my songs exactly as I had written it. So thank you Michael, for all your wonderful music and for sharing some of it with me...nothing like a tour with Tom Petty and Bob Dylan to make you extremely creative. I asked Tom if I could be an honorary Heartbreaker, and he said 'You already are one, Stevie...'"

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2010-09-24

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Interpretation prepared by Joanne, blackcat, Rhiannon and Becky.