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Don't Let Me Down Again
    Authors »
Lindsey Buckingham

    Year Written »
1973

    This Performance »
Date Performance 1973-00-00
Running Time 3:52
Performers Lindsey Buckingham (Vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (Guitars), Stevie Nicks (Background Vocals), Keith Olsen (Produced By), Jorge Calderon (Percussion), Peggy Sandvig (Keyboard), Monty Stark (Synthesizer), Mark Tulin (Bass)
Appears On
Buckingham Nicks (1973)
Buckingham Nicks
Don't Let Me Down Again/Races Are Run (1973)
Buckingham Nicks
Don't Let Me Down Again/Crystal (1976)
Buckingham Nicks

    Lyrics »

Baby, baby don't treat me so bad
I'm the best boy that you ever had
You wanna leave now and find a new start
It's gonna kill me if you break my heart

Ooh, once you let me down again
Ooh, you're just bound to see the end

Baby, baby don't treat me this way
I'm gonna make it again someday
There's just one thing I'd like you to know
I got no more to lose if you go

Ooh, once you let me down again
Ooh, you're just bound to see the end

    Fan Interpretation »

"Don't Let Me Down Again", from the 1973 Buckingham Nicks album, shows us the rarely-seen vulnerability of Lindsey Buckingham. Lindsey and Stevie are in an intense relationship at a relatively young age, and with that at times comes fear. In this song, Lindsey conveys not only fear, but desperation, hope and passionate love....the myriad of emotions we have all experienced in our most heartfelt relationships. Lindsey and Stevie's relationship was a roller-coaster....constant ups and downs, helpless at times, out of control, unpredictable....but all-in-all you don't ever want to get off. This is Lindsey's plea to Stevie to stay on this ride.

Baby, baby don't treat me so bad
I'm the best boy that you ever had
You wanna leave now and find a new start
It's gonna kill me if you break my heart

They have gone through some rough times, and Lindsey is saying he doesn't deserve this poor treatment from Stevie. He doesn't say how she is treating him poorly....she could be acting cold towards him, she may be distant or not giving him the emotional support he wants or needs. She may have possibly threatened to end the relationship, and Lindsey is saying that right now, he can't handle it....he can't lose her.

Ooh, once you let me down again
Ooh, you're just bound to see the end

His empty threat...."If you hurt me again, it's over for good!" Yeah right, Lindsey! We all know that this isn't true....he couldn't leave her.

Baby, baby don't treat me this way
I'm gonna make it again someday
There's just one thing I'd like you to know
I got no more to lose if you go

Here, Lindsey could be talking about fame when he refers to "making it," or he could be referring to a relationship. "If you leave, Stevie, I can find someone else to make me happy." But at the same time, he's telling her that he will have lost everything if she leaves. He's contradicting himself here....but their relationship was full of contradictory feelings. Also, Lindsey was in a very delicate emotional state at this time. He had just lost his father, whom he was very close to, and now he's about to lose Stevie. He needs her now more than ever. These events are the reasons we are seeing Lindsey's desperation and vulnerability.

Ooh, once you let me down again
Ooh, you're just bound to see the end

Once again, Lindsey's empty threat to her....which we have all made at one time or another.

Finally, this song also reflects his innocence, which could tie in with the Buckingham Nicks album. Notice in the lyrics in the first stanza how he uses "boy" to describe himself instead of "man," even though he's 22 or so. Both Stevie and Lindsey seem so innocent on this album, and this innocence is reflected in the lyrics.

(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 »
I didnít tab out the solo and Iím not sure itís EXACTLY what Lindsey plays but itís
REALLY close and it sounds good the whole way through.

Tuning=EADGBe

Main riff: (just remember that the open low As are the bass note)
e|-------------|-------------|---------------------|
B|-2-0---------|-2-0---------|-2-0---------0-------|
G|-----2---2---|-----2---2---|-----2---2-----2-----|
D|-------2-----|-------2-----|-------2-------------|
A|-0-0-------0-|-0-0-------0-|-0-0-------0-0-0-0-0-|
E|-------------|-------------|---------------------|

Chorus riff:
e|-------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------1b-------------------1b-|
G|---2---2---2---2--------2---2---2---2------| Back to
D|---0---0---0---0--------0---0---0---0------| main riff
A|-------------------------------------------|
E|-3---3---3---3---3----2---2---2---2---2----|

    Other Performances »
Performance #1:
Date Performance 1975-00-00
Running Time 3:57
Sound Clip Listen.
Performers Lindsey Buckingham (Guitar), Lindsey Buckingham (Vocals), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), John McVie (Bass), Christine McVie (Keyboards), Christine McVie (Vocals), Stevie Nicks (Vocals)
CommentsRecorded in Passaic on the "Fleetwood Mac (1975)" tour
Appears On
Fleetwood Mac Live (1980)
Fleetwood Mac
Performance #2:
Date Performance 1975-00-00
Performers Lindsey Buckingham (Guitar), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), John McVie (Bass), Christine McVie (Keyboards), Stevie Nicks (Background Vocals)
Appears On
The Rockhoppers Live '76 (1978)
Fleetwood Mac
King Biscuit Flower Hour (1993)
Fleetwood Mac
New Jersey 1975 (1991)
Fleetwood Mac
Live In Passaic 1975 (1990)
Fleetwood Mac
Albatross - But Not Around My Neck Please (1978)
Fleetwood Mac
Don't You Let Me Down Again (1975)
Fleetwood Mac
Hollywood (0000)
Fleetwood Mac

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Published by Pogologo Music/Buckingham Nicks Music/Donna Marta Music/Mother Pearl Music, Inc. - ASCAP

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    Last Modified »
2008-04-04

    Discography Credits »
Interpretation prepared by Stephanie M., Jessica, Janet, Juliana, Joanne, Becky, Lauren, and Miss Scarlet.. Tabs prepared by As transcribed by Josh Shank.