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Sisters Of The Moon
    Authors »
Stevie Nicks

    Year Written »
1978

    This Performance »
Date Performance 1979-00-00
Running Time 4:37
Sound Clip Listen.
Performers Mick Fleetwood (Drums), John McVie (Bass), Lindsey Buckingham (Guitars), Christine McVie (Keyboards), Stevie Nicks (Vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (Produced By), Ken Caillat (Produced With), Richard Dashut (Produced With), Fleetwood Mac (Produced By), Stevie Nicks (Produced By), Christine McVie (Produced By), John McVie (Produced By), Mick Fleetwood (Produced By), Mick Fleetwood (Percussion), Lindsey Buckingham (Vocals), Christine McVie (Synthesizers), Christine McVie (Vocals)
Appears On
25 Years: The Chain (1992)
Fleetwood Mac
Tusk (1979)
Fleetwood Mac
The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac (2002)
Fleetwood Mac
Tusk (Rhino Remastered Edition) (2004)
Fleetwood Mac
Jim Ladd's Innerview (1981)
Stevie Nicks
Fleetwood Mac: Tusk (1979)
Warner Brothers Publications Inc.
Fleetwood Mac: Deluxe Anthology (0000)
Warner Brothers Publications Inc.
Fleetwood Mac: Anthology Of Classics (1989)
Warner Brothers Publications Inc.

    Lyrics »

Intense silence
As she walked in the room
Her black robes trailing
Sister of the moon
And a black widow spider makes
More sound than she
And black moons in those eyes of hers
Made more sense to me
Heavy persuasion
It was hard to breathe
She was dark at the top of the stairs
And she called to me

And so I followed
As friends often do
I cared not for love, nor money
I think she knew
The people, they love her
And still they are the most cruel

She asked me
Be my sister, sister of the moon
Some call her sister of the moon
Some say illusions are her game
Wrap her in velvet
Does anyone, ah, know her name

So we make our choices
When there is no choice
And we listen to their voices
Ignoring our own voice

    Fan Interpretation »

'Sisters of the Moon' is a Stevie Nicks song from the Tusk album (1979). According to Mick Fleetwood's autobiography, this song was written during the first FM tours with Stevie and Lindsey, though she has not confirmed this. For me [Villavic], is one of those classical dark, mystic Stevie's songs. A masterpiece.

"Intense silence As she walked in the room..."
The lyrics are about Stevie herself and how lonely she felt when she became famous. The 'room' could be the studio, but since she was talking about the tours, the room probably is the stage or the general Fleetwood Mac environment. So there is a crowd out there but she hears an intense silence. She feels alone, and the tour has started to take its toll on her. She is dressed in black and looks very thin: ' A black widow spider makes more sound than she..'. She is suffering. This could be a feeling from early years, not necessarily just from the Tusk era (so Mick could be right), but she wasn't prepared for fame, non-stop tours and loneliness.

The 'cruel people' mentioned are the fans, the public. In some way they love Stevie, but since they ask her for more and more, they are also cruel to her. And she tries never to dissapoint them. Besides, nobody knows her closely. None of those fans are actually her friends. She has no one so she has to rely on herself. Nobody likes her for who she really is. Does anybody know (her name) who she really is?

"She asked me-- Be my sister,"
Stevie is looking for a real friend. She needs to count on someone. People say she is a sister of the moon, but nobody knows even her name, so there is no friend at that time. However she admits she has chosen that way of life (remember 'Sweet Girl': 'I chose to dance across the stages of the world').

The 'I' and the 'She' are both Stevie. Videos and interviews from the Tusk era confirm this. The Wild Heart cover could be inspired on these lyrics. It shows three different Stevies, yet all the same.

However, it doesn't seem that she was suffering all the time. It was like a conflict-- Fleetwood Mac was the best thing in her life, with all its nightmares, but a dream come true. She confirmed this in the VH-1 Rumours special. This song is about those nightmares she has to fight with. It is typical among big stars to feel isolated and alone, and the impact of the first years has to be the toughest. After all, she became the sweet girl who danced across many cities but never saw them at all. Thank you, Stevie. We would love to be not only your fans but also your sisters and brothers of the moon. We would love to know your name.

(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.)

    Tabs »
Intro:
Am F
Am F
Am F...


Verse:
Am      F
Intense silence 
                     Am
As she walked in the room
                F
Her black robes trailing
Sister of the moon
                  F
And a black widow spider makes
                Am
More sound than she
                         F
And black moons in those eyes of hers
                   Am
Made more sense to me
           F
Heavy persuasion
               Am
It was hard to breathe
                               F
She was dark at the top of the stairs
And she called to me

RIFF:
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And so I followed
As friends often do
I cared not for love, nor money
I think she knew
The people, they love her
And still they are the most cruel
She asked me
Be my sister, sister of the moon

RIFF.

F
 Some call her sister of the moon
 G           notes: C B        Am
 Some say illusions    are her game. They like to
 F
 Wrap her in velvet
      G                         Am
 Does anyone, oh, know her name

RIFF.

(So we make our choices
 When there is no choice
 And we listen to their voices
 Ignoring our own voice)

    Other Performances »
Performance #1:
Date Performance 1982-10-22
Running Time 7:53
Performers Lindsey Buckingham (Guitar), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), Christine McVie (Keyboards), John McVie (Bass), Stevie Nicks (Vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (Vocals), Stevie Nicks (Percussion)
CommentsRecorded at the Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles
Appears On
In Concert Mirage Tour '82 (1984)
Fleetwood Mac
Performance #2:
Date Performance 1979-11-00
Running Time 6:02
Performers Stevie Nicks (Vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (Guitar), Christine McVie (Keyboards), John McVie (Bass), Mick Fleetwood (Drums)
Comments(Live)
Appears On
Fleetwood Mac Documentary And Live Concert (1980)
Fleetwood Mac
Performance #3:
Date Performance 1978-00-00
Running Time 5:32
Performers Walter Egan (Vocals), Annie McLoone (Vocals), John Selk (Bass), Tom (Monte X/Zuma) Moncrieff (Rude) (Guitar), Mike/Michael Huey (Drums), David Woodford (Horns)
Appears On
The Lost Album (2000)
Walter Egan
Performance #4:
Date Performance 1979-00-00
Running Time 5:10
Sound Clip Listen.
Performers Stevie Nicks (Vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (Guitars), Lindsey Buckingham (Vocals), Christine McVie (Keyboards), Christine McVie (Synthesizers), Christine McVie (Vocals), John McVie (Bass), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), Mick Fleetwood (Percussion), Fleetwood Mac (Produced By), Lindsey Buckingham (Produced By), Mick Fleetwood (Produced By), John McVie (Produced By), Christine McVie (Produced By), Stevie Nicks (Produced By), Richard Dashut (Produced With), Ken Caillat (Produced With)
Appears On
Tusk (Rhino Remastered Edition) (2004)
Fleetwood Mac
Performance #5:
Date Performance 1982-10-22
Running Time 7:53
Performers Lindsey Buckingham (Guitar), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), Christine McVie (Keyboards), John McVie (Bass), Stevie Nicks (Vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (Vocals), Stevie Nicks (Percussion)
CommentsRecorded at the Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles
Appears On
Westwood One Radio Networks Show: 6/16/84 (1984)
Fleetwood Mac
Performance #6:
Date Performance 1979-00-00
Performers Lindsey Buckingham (Guitar), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), John McVie (Bass), Christine McVie (Keyboards), Stevie Nicks (Vocals)
Appears On
Live Ivory (1979)
Fleetwood Mac
Performance #7:
Date Performance 1979-00-00
Running Time 4:37
Performers Stevie Nicks (Vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (Vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (Guitars), Christine McVie (Keyboards), Christine McVie (Synthesizers), Christine McVie (Vocals), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), Mick Fleetwood (Percussion), John McVie (Bass), Fleetwood Mac (Produced By), Stevie Nicks (Produced By), Lindsey Buckingham (Produced By), Christine McVie (Produced By), Mick Fleetwood (Produced By), John McVie (Produced By), Richard Dashut (Produced With), Ken Caillat (Produced With)
Comments(Remix)
Appears On
Tusk Special Radio Sampler (1979)
Fleetwood Mac
Performance #8:
Date Performance 1979-00-00
Running Time 4:40
Sound Clip Listen.
Performers Stevie Nicks (Vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (Guitars), Lindsey Buckingham (Vocals), Christine McVie (Keyboards), Christine McVie (Synthesizers), Christine McVie (Vocals), John McVie (Bass), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), Mick Fleetwood (Percussion), Fleetwood Mac (Produced By), Lindsey Buckingham (Produced By), Mick Fleetwood (Produced By), John McVie (Produced By), Christine McVie (Produced By), Stevie Nicks (Produced By), Richard Dashut (Produced With), Ken Caillat (Produced With)
Comments(Single version) Chart: Billboard US Hot 100 Singles Peak Position: 86 Peak Dates: Jun 14, 1980 Weeks On Charts: 3
Appears On
Sisters Of The Moon/Walk A Thin Line (1980)
Fleetwood Mac

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    Last Modified »
2011-09-23

    Discography Credits »
Lyrics contributed by Jeff Kenney and Marty Adelson. Interpretation prepared by Villavic, Stacey, Lisa, Laure, Rayn, and Psilocke.