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Storms
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Stevie Nicks

    Year Written »
1979

    This Performance »
Date Performance 1979-00-00
Running Time 5:28
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Performers Stevie Nicks (Vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (Guitars), Christine McVie (Keyboards), Lindsey Buckingham (Produced By), Ken Caillat (Produced With), Richard Dashut (Produced With), Fleetwood Mac (Produced By), John McVie (Bass), Mick Fleetwood (Percussion), Stevie Nicks (Produced By), Christine McVie (Produced By), John McVie (Produced By), Mick Fleetwood (Produced By), Lindsey Buckingham (Vocals), Christine McVie (Synthesizers), Christine McVie (Vocals), Mick Fleetwood (Drums)
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.

    Lyrics »

Every night that goes between
I feel a little less
As you slowly go away from me
This is only another test

Every day you do not come
Your softness fades away
Did I ever really care that much
Is there anything left to say

Every hour of fear I spend
My body tries to cry
Living through each empty night
A deadly call inside

I haven't felt this way I feel
Since many a year ago
But in those years and the lifetimes past
I did not deal with the road

And I did not deal with you I know
Tho the love has always been
So I search to find an answer there
So I can truly win

So I try to say
Goodbye my friend
I'd like to leave you with something warm
But never have I been a blue calm sea
I have always been a storm

We were frail
She said
"Everynight he will break your heart"
I should have known from the first
I'd be the broken hearted
But I loved you from the start
Save us...
And not all the prayers in the world -- could save us

    Fan Interpretation »

Contributors to this interpretation included: Gretchen Andre, DeeNick, Villavic, Dana, Lauren and Silver Springs.

Most of the opinions are that this song is about Stevie and Lindsey and their struggles. On the other hand, there are many lines that definitely point to the tumultuous relationship with Mick, which I believe due to the time it was written is really what she was eluding to.

The first three verses of this song are solely about lust and emotion.

"Every night that goes between, I feel a little less" refers to the fading of the newness of the relationship with Mick.

Ironically she obviously got to a point where she felt better enough about things to write "Did I ever really care that much?". Doubtfulness regarding here TRUE feelings - Lust or Love? Lust was definitely an issue with Mick. Sometimes lust can be a very powerful - well - thing, for lack of a better word. I don't know if it's an emotion, since it's physical. It certainly evokes emotion afterwards. Stevie was probably in lust with Mick. Years of friendship that culminated in a sexual liaison probably filling a void of curiosity and physical need at the time of the tour. "A deadly call inside" could also be the fact that she knew it was wrong but went with it anyway.

The "I did not deal with the road" is definitely a tour reference. She was on the road, having an affair with Mick, still dealing with the fallout of her relationship with Lindsey and did not deal with any of it except to go with her physical needs. She stayed in her own world and made it through.

"I've always been a storm" is a reference to the fact that she has never dealt with anything calmly. Therefore "I've never ever been a blue calm sea" is so fitting in her dealings with these men.

"So I try to say goodbye, my friend" says that since she knows being together is impossible, she'll leave him with the memories of the lustful love they shared.

The line "I should have known from the start, I'd be the broken hearted" is saying that she really knew that the relationship with Mick was doomed from the beginning. Yet, she was drawn to him and couldn't help herself.

This interpretation is not meant to make Stevie sound shallow. As we all know, she takes her relationships very seriously and I do believe that at some point she was a little in love with Mick Fleetwood. The connection she has with his wife Sara (with whom she lives now) is a curiosity. There are many avenues that could be strolled down in interpreting this song, but given the fact that it was during the Tusk tour time capsule, this interpretation seems to be the most valid.

(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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    Other Performances »
Performance #1:
Performers Stevie Nicks (Vocals)
CommentsLong version: Studio Jam
Appears On
Cathouse Blues (1993)
Stevie Nicks
Performance #2:
Date Performance 1979-00-00
Running Time 5:22
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 #3:
Date Performance 1978-00-00
Performers Stevie Nicks (Vocals)
Comments(With Studio Commentary)
Appears On
Almanac (1979)
Fleetwood Mac

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Steveh
Review written by Anonymous, February 10th, 2007

This is an excellent song, and would certainly be one of my "Desert Island Discs". An unusual faded intro of acoustic guitar sets the tempo of the song, which is a beautiful ballad, sung by Stevie, ably supported vocally by Christine and Lindsay. I think that Stevie's voice is used in its optimum range in this song.The rhythm section of the band, Mick and Jon, as usual do a fantastic job on this quite long song, and all of the band make it(for me) my favourite track, not just of this album, but of all their work.

    Last Modified »
2009-07-23

    Discography Credits »
Lyrics contributed by Jeff Kenney and Marty Adelson.