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Hollywood (Some Other Kind Of Town)
    Authors »
Christine McVie, Eddy Quintela

    Year Written »
1995

    Lyrics »

The bright lights of the city
Are starting to wear me down
And when I need you
You just can't be found

Loud days, endless nights
Are starting to make me crazy
And now you're gone
There's nothing left for me

(Hollywood)
I don't care for sunny weather
(Ain't that good)
I like the change of seasons better
(Knock On Wood)
I love the feel of rain upon my face
(For Hollywood)
(Hollywood)
No and I don't care if the snow comes down
(Ain't that good)
Kick the falling leaves around
(Knock on wood)
Got to move to some other kind of town
(For Hollywood)

Wonderful to know you
Great to know you cared
As I look back
At the crazy things we've shared

I was dazzled by the moonlight
Blinded by neon nights
And as I look back
It never could be right

(Hollywood)
I don't care for sunny weather
(Ain't that good)
I like the change of seasons better
(Knock On Wood)
I love the feel of rain upon my face
(For Hollywood)
(Hollywood)
No and I don't care if the snow comes down
(Ain't that good)
Kick the falling leaves around
(Knock on wood)
Got to move to some other kind of town
(For Hollywood)

Well I was dazzled by the moonlight
Blinded by neon nights
And now I see
It never could be right

(Hollywood)
I don't care for sunny weather
(Ain't that good)
I like the change of seasons better
(Knock On Wood)
I love the feel of rain upon my face
(For Hollywood)
(Hollywood)
No and I don't care if the snow comes down
(Ain't that good)
Kick the falling leaves around
(Knock on wood)
Got to move to some other kind of town
(For Hollywood)

Some other kind of town

    Fan Interpretation »

Another of Christine McVie's 5 masterpieces from the far unnoticed Fleetwood Mac 1995 release Time. As like her other songs on this album, this one deals with her imminent departure from Fleetwood Mac. This song specifically shows her disgust with Hollywood, the Southern California lifestyle, and her desire to be back home in England.

The bright lights of the city
Are starting to wear me down
And when I need you
You just can't be found
This part of the song may not only apply to Hollywood but to any city Christine visits while touring with the band. She's sick of the glitz and glamour that fame can bring. She cannot find her husband or those she cares about because they're so far away - part of Christine's other life in England. That is the life she wants, the normal life she wants to lead.

Loud days, endless nights
Are starting to make me crazy
And now you're gone
There's nothing left for me
The pressures of Southern California, recording and touring with Fleetwood Mac are mounting and starting to drive Christine crazy. She can't take it much more. It seems lyrically that Eddy, Christine's husband, has gone ahead to England without her. If he's there, with everything else she knows and loves, there's nothing left in Los Angeles, California or the United States for her to accomplish.

(Hollywood)
I don't care for sunny weather
(Ain't that good)
I like the change of seasons better
(Knock On Wood)
I love the feel of rain upon my face
(For Hollywood)
(Hollywood)
No and I don't care if the snow comes down
(Ain't that good)
Kick the falling leaves around
(Knock on wood)
Got to move to some other kind of town
(For Hollywood)
Now Christine is going through the stage that every person goes through before a major change like this. Comparing and contrasting, pros and cons, no matter how you say it, England wins out above all in her mind and in her heart. She likes the weather better there...basically, she just likes everything about her real home better.

Wonderful to know you
Great to know you cared
As I look back
At the crazy things we've shared
This is Christine's sort of farewell statement. Who it's aimed at, we're not sure. It could be aimed at California and the US, Mick and John or just to Fleetwood Mac in general. Like her other songs on this album, she says she'll look back fondly on her memories and wouldn't do it any differently.

I was dazzled by the moonlight
Blinded by neon nights
And as I look back
It never could be right
The moonlight and all the neon of Los Angeles can be both a welcoming and an overwhelming sight. Before Fleetwood Mac relocated to Los Angeles., Christine was the one apprehensive member of the band...she didn't want to leave everything she knew and loved in England. But she did agree to go on a 6 month trial basis, she ended up staying almost 23 years. Now that she's looking back on her life with the band, she now realizes that the combination of herself and everything about Los Angeles could never be right. The only right pairing here is between Christine and her native home of England.

(Hollywood)
I don't care for sunny weather
(Ain't that good)
I like the change of seasons better
(Knock On Wood)
I love the feel of rain upon my face
(For Hollywood)
(Hollywood)
No and I don't care if the snow comes down
(Ain't that good)
Kick the falling leaves around
(Knock on wood)
Got to move to some other kind of town
(For Hollywood)
Christine is still going back and forth in her mind about her decision but she knows she doesn't like Hollywood anymore and she wants to be back home. She has to move on and end that chapter in her life.

Well I was dazzled by the moonlight
Blinded by neon nights
And now I see
It never could be right
(Hollywood)
I don't care for sunny weather
(Ain't that good)
I like the change of seasons better
(Knock On Wood)
I love the feel of rain upon my face
(For Hollywood)
(Hollywood)
No and I don't care if the snow comes down
(Ain't that good)
Kick the falling leaves around
(Knock on wood)
Got to move to some other kind of town
(For Hollywood)

Some other kind of town...

Christine knows she and Los Angeles don't mix anymore and now she has to leave. She knows that the time is right and that she's definitely made the right choice to start anew in England.

This song is one of the most straightforward and most autobiographical-seeming of Christine's songs, which in itself is a rare occurence. It's practically "Homeward Bound" - Part Two.

Christine has left the band she loves but it's only for the best. She's made a huge decision to make this change in her life. But as we all know, she'll be back.

(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 »
Date Performance 1995-00-00
Running Time 5:43
Sound Clip Listen.
Performers Bekka Bramlett (Vocals), Billy Burnette (Vocals), Christine McVie (Vocals), Christine McVie (Keyboards), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), Mick Fleetwood (Percussion), John McVie (Bass), Michael (Hart) Thompson (Guitars), Richard Dashut (Produced By), Christine McVie (Produced By)
Appears On
Time (1995)
Fleetwood Mac

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    Last Modified »
2009-06-30

    Discography Credits »
Lyrics contributed by Jeff Kenney and Marty Adelson. Interpretation prepared by Ali Filipowicz, Laura A., Alexa, and AppleCorp3..