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Go Your Own Way
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Lindsey Buckingham

    Year Written »
1976

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Date Performance 1976-00-00
Running Time 3:38
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), Richard Dashut (Produced With), Ken Caillat (Produced With), Fleetwood Mac (Produced By), Stevie Nicks (Produced By), Lindsey Buckingham (Produced By), Christine McVie (Produced By), John McVie (Produced By), Mick Fleetwood (Produced By)
CommentsChart: Billboard US Hot 100 Singles Peak Position: 10 Peak Dates: Mar 12, 1977 & Mar 19, 1977 Weeks on Charts: 15 Chart: Billboard UK Top 50/40 Singles Peak Position: 38 Peak Dates: Mar 12, 1977 Weeks on Charts: 4
Appears On
Rumours (1977)
Fleetwood Mac
25 Years: The Chain (1992)
Fleetwood Mac
The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac (2002)
Fleetwood Mac
Greatest Hits (1988)
Fleetwood Mac
Casino (1995)
Various Artists
Words And Music (1992)
Lindsey Buckingham
The All Time Greatest Rock Songs Of The 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s (1998)
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Best Selection (0000)
Fleetwood Mac
25 Years: The Chain Sampler (1992)
Fleetwood Mac
Selections From 25 Years: The Chain (1992)
Fleetwood Mac
Rumours (Rhino Remastered Edition) (2004)
Fleetwood Mac
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 1998: The Thirteenth Annual Induction Dinner (1998)
Various Artists
In The Studio (1992)
Fleetwood Mac
Up Close (1990)
Fleetwood Mac
Masters Of Rock (1989)
Fleetwood Mac
Rock Stars (1989)
Fleetwood Mac
Startrak Profiles (1988)
Fleetwood Mac
Up Close (1994)
Stevie Nicks
Fleetwood Mac: Rumours (1978)
Warner Brothers Publications Inc.
Fleetwood Mac: Deluxe Anthology (0000)
Warner Brothers Publications Inc.
The Best Of Fleetwood Mac (1982)
Warner Brothers Publications Inc.
Fleetwood Mac: Anthology Of Classics (1989)
Warner Brothers Publications Inc.
Fleetwood Mac Greatest Hits (1989)
Warner Brothers Publications Inc.
Fleetwood Mac: Guitar Anthology Series (1998)
Warner Brothers Publications Inc.
The New Best Of Fleetwood Mac For Guitar (1998)
Warner Brothers Publications Inc.
Go Your Own Way/Silver Springs (1976)
Fleetwood Mac
Dreams/Go Your Own Way (1980)
Fleetwood Mac
Big Love/You And I, Part I/The Chain/Go Your Own Way (1987)
Fleetwood Mac

    Lyrics »

Loving you
Isn't the right thing to do
How can I ever change things
That I feel

If I could
Maybe I'd give you my world
How can I
When you won't take it from me

You can go your own way
Go your own way
You an call it
Another lonely day
You can go your own way
Go your own way

Tell me why
Everything turned around
Packing up
Shacking up is all you wanna do

If I could
Baby I'd give you my world
Open up
Everything's waiting for you

You can go your own way
Go your own way
You an call it
Another lonely day
You can go your own way
go your own way

    Fan Interpretation »

Contributors to this interpretation included: Lauren Leichter, Silver Springs, Erik, Carlene, Phil, CC, Leigh, Becky, Toni, Jamie and Ann S.

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The ultimate break-up song. The ultimate pop song. "Go Your Own Way" has such a passionate, furious driving beat that takes you to such a climactic explosive high, only to bring you down with the realization that it's really about the heartache of ending a relationship with someone you love. This song perfectly captures these feelings of hurt and anger.

"Go Your Own Way" was written by Lindsey Buckingham during the Rumours sessions. Lindsey has said he usually does not write the lyrics to his songs first, but rather initially has the music track in place prior to adding the lyrics. Lindsey's passionate guitar playing is what brings his feelings into his songs, while the addition of the lyrics creates a delicate balance between this guitar playing and putting his feelings into words. "Go Your Own Way" is a truthful song with intense emotions of love and fury that originate from the heart.

The song reflects the feelings he had revolving around the ending of his relationship with fellow band member and romantic partner at the time, Stevie Nicks. The music and lyrics show a man plagued by anger, confusion, and disbelief. Through Lindsey's eyes, he paints quite a different picture of what breaking-up feels like than what Stevie has portrayed about the same relationship in her songs at this time (see the mysterious "Dreams" and the haunting "Silver Springs.")

"Loving you, isn't the right thing to do, how can I ever change things that I feel." Lindsey is trying to convince himself that his love for Stevie is not good for him. By doing this, he will feel comfortable with the break-up, although, in his heart, he does not entirely believe this, saying he can never change the fact that he still loves her.

"If I could, maybe I'd give you my world. How can I, when you won't take it from me." Lindsey would give anything to Stevie - his heart, his soul, in essence, his "world" - if only she would stay. But she doesn't and he acknowledges this. "Maybe" is the key word here. Lindsey is offering her his world, but not all of it. He is still saving something for himself, possibly as a way to keep control over the relationship or to keep his self-respect. Stevie wants her independence though, and for reasons best know to her, she leaves. Lindsey does not understand why Stevie does not want to be part of his world.

"You can go your own way. Go your own way. You can call it another lonely day. You can go your own way. Go your own way." Lindsey has now gone from being very upset and passionate about getting the relationship back, to acting as if he doesn't care. The sarcasm in this statement is most likely a form of protection. Lindsey knows that Stevie is leaving him, so he says, "just go - go your own way." He doesn't send her away without a warning though, that she will be lonely without him. It is as if he is crying out for her to stay by actually telling her to leave. He is trying to convince himself that he will be ok, when in reality, he will miss her and doesn't want her to go. Stevie felt the same way about her ending the relationship with Lindsey, that without her, he too would be lonely, as she wrote in the song, "Dreams" ("dreams of loneliness like a heartbeat drives you mad.") One thing they both agreed on was seeing impending loneliness as the highest point of suffering.

"Tell me why everything turned around." I don't think Lindsey ever understood why he and Stevie broke-up or saw the break-up coming. He wants to know why things between them changed. (It has been stated in several interviews that he never really got over Stevie until he left the band in 1987 and could not sort through his feelings for her until this point.) Here, he's trying to make sense of it all. This is not the first time we see these feelings through Lindsey's songs. The song "Monday Morning," on the Fleetwood Mac album, released prior to Rumours, gives an early indication that he feels Stevie is possibly leaving him, but he is not sure why - "First you love me, then you say it's wrong. I can't go on believing for long."

"Packing up, shaking up's all you want to do." The infamous line of infidelity. Originally, the line was said to read "cracking up, shacking up's all you want to do" - with "cracking up" meaning "going crazy," and Lindsey changed the first part of it to "packing up," apparently to somewhat appease Stevie, who said these words were false accusations and they infuriated her. Lindsey has said in many interviews that he felt very strongly about this line and he was really "committed" to the words and would not change them beyond the "cracking up" part. Whether they are true or not, only they know for sure. The truth most likely lies between the two stories.

"If I could, baby I'd give you my world." The word change from "maybe" from the second stanza, to "baby" in this stanza is very important. Before, Lindsey said he would "maybe" give Stevie his world, showing he still had some control left in the relationship. Now he's desperate and this is his final plea to Stevie to please stay and work things out. He doesn't want her to leave and he will give her anything she wants. He has now turned the initial anger of the song into something more romantic for her.

"Open up, everything's waiting for you." Stevie is being protective of her own feelings for Lindsey. This is probably why he never understood completely why she left. If she would just open up to him and communicate, they could work this out and stay together.

"You can go your own way, go your own way. You can call it another lonely day. You can go your own way. Go your own way." Lindsey has now realized that the relationship is over and his subtle attempts to mend it did not work. If the chorus before had an angry, sarcastic tone, followed by a stanza with a more romantic plea, this one is more sorrowful, revolving around the actual ending of the relationship. As the lyrics fade into his intensified guitar solo, Lindsey realizes the lonely day will not just be Stevie's anymore, but his as well. He acquiesces. Maybe he doesn't want the break-up, but he accepts it with deep remorse.

Stevie probably did not want to hurt or necessarily leave Lindsey, but she went her own way for reasons best known to her and that he may not have understood. The consequence of her leaving left Lindsey very hurt and confused and he lashed out at her in this song. In between the verses of anger and betrayal are ones of questioning and pain. Although the lyrics in the song are mostly acrimonious, for Lindsey, they were truthful. It is ironic that such a bitter song is really and truly a love song, shouting out final pleas for the woman he loves.

(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 »
As transcribed by Ken Harris and converted to HTML by Marty Adelson



The song is in F, and Lindsey uses several guitars, some with capos some with distortion and feedback. Bar chords: 
F at the 8th fret 
C at the 3rd 
D at the 5th 
Bb at the 1st
Also Lindsey makes extensive use of a Fsus9/F/Fsus9/F sequence as well the same in Bb etc. Those are relatively easy to do using bar cords: 
        Fsus9      F        Fsus9        F
        
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----------8--------8----------8----------8----
---------10-------10---------10---------10----
---------10-------10---------10---------10----
---------11-------10---------11---------10-----
-----------------------------------------------

F                          C        Bb
Loving you isn't the right thing to do

 Bb                   F
How can I ever change things that I feel?

F                          C      Bb
If I could Baby I'd give you my world

Bb                             F
How can I if you won't take it from me?


Dm    Bb      C
You can go your own way          (Go your own way)

Dm    Bb        C
You can call it another lonely day   (another lonely day)

    Other Performances »
Performance #1:
Date Performance 1997-06-00
Running Time 5:00
Sound Clip Listen.
Performers Stevie Nicks (Vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (Guitar), Lindsey Buckingham (Vocals), Christine McVie (Keyboards), Christine McVie (Vocals), John McVie (Bass), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), Brett Tuggle (Keyboards), Brett Tuggle (Guitars), Brett Tuggle (Background Vocals), Neale Heywood (Guitar), Neale Heywood (Background Vocals), Lenny Castro (Percussion), Sharon Celani (Background Vocals), Mindy Stein (Background Vocals)
Appears On
The Dance (1997)
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Performance #2:
Date Performance 1982-10-22
Running Time 5:56
Performers Lindsey Buckingham (Guitar), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), Christine McVie (Keyboards), John McVie (Bass), Lindsey Buckingham (Vocals), Stevie Nicks (Vocals), Christine McVie (Vocals), Stevie Nicks (Tambourine), Ray(mond) Lindsey (Additional Guitarist)
CommentsRecorded at the Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles
Appears On
In Concert Mirage Tour '82 (1984)
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Performance #3:
Date Performance 1997-06-00
Running Time 5:00
Sound Clip Listen.
Performers Stevie Nicks (Vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (Guitar), Lindsey Buckingham (Vocals), Christine McVie (Keyboards), Christine McVie (Vocals), John McVie (Bass), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), Brett Tuggle (Keyboards), Brett Tuggle (Guitars), Brett Tuggle (Background Vocals), Neale Heywood (Guitar), Neale Heywood (Background Vocals), Lenny Castro (Percussion), Sharon Celani (Background Vocals), Mindy Stein (Background Vocals)
Appears On
The Dance (1997)
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Performance #4:
Date Performance 1980-05-00
Running Time 5:44
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Performers Lindsey Buckingham (Guitar), Lindsey Buckingham (Vocals), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), John McVie (Bass), Christine McVie (Keyboards), Christine McVie (Vocals), Stevie Nicks (Vocals), Ray(mond) Lindsey (Additional Live Guitar), Jeffery Sova (Additional Live Keyboards), Tony Todaro (Additional Live Percussion)
CommentsRecorded in Richfield (Cleveland)
Appears On
Fleetwood Mac Live (1980)
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Performance #5:
Date Performance 1977-08-25
Performers Lindsey Buckingham (Guitar), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), Christine McVie (Keyboards), John McVie (Bass), Stevie Nicks (Background Vocals)
CommentsRecorded at the Aladdin Theatre Performing Arts, Las Vegas, Nevada
Appears On
Sin City (1977)
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Performance #6:
Date Performance 1979-11-00
Running Time 2:26
Performers Lindsey Buckingham (Vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (Guitar), Stevie Nicks (Vocals), Christine McVie (Vocals), Christine McVie (Keyboards), John McVie (Bass), Mick Fleetwood (Drums)
Comments(Live)
Appears On
Fleetwood Mac Documentary And Live Concert (1980)
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Performance #7:
Date Performance 1998-00-00
Performers Curt Mitchell (Guitar)
Appears On
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Performance #8:
Date Performance 1997-00-00
Running Time 2:50
Performers Nic Johnston (Acoustic Guitar)
Appears On
A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac: An Acoustic Portrait On Guitar (1997)
Nic Johnston
Performance #9:
Date Performance 1998-00-00
Running Time 4:02
Performers Noel Hogan (Bass), Mike Hogan (Guitar), Dolores O'Riordan (Producer), Dolores O'Riordan (Vocals)
Commentsby The Cranberries
Appears On
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Performance #10:
Date Performance 1997-00-00
Running Time 4:12
Performers Lindsey Buckingham (Vocals), Stevie Nicks (Vocals), Christine McVie (Vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (Guitar), Christine McVie (Keyboards), John McVie (Bass), Mick Fleetwood (Drums)
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Performance #11:
Date Performance 1976-00-00
Running Time 3:38
Sound Clip Listen.
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Appears On
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Performance #12:
Date Performance 1976-00-00
Running Time 3:06
Sound Clip Listen.
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Comments(Rough Mix) Recorded/Mixed at Record Plant, Sausalito, California, February 4th, 1976-April 9th, 1976
Appears On
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Performance #13:
Date Performance 1997-00-00
Running Time 2:49
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Commentsby Semisweet
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Performance #14:
Date Performance 2003-09-00
Running Time 7:16
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Performance #15:
Date Performance 1982-10-22
Running Time 5:56
Performers Lindsey Buckingham (Guitar), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), Christine McVie (Keyboards), John McVie (Bass), Lindsey Buckingham (Vocals), Stevie Nicks (Vocals), Christine McVie (Vocals), Stevie Nicks (Tambourine), Ray(mond) Lindsey (Additional Guitarist)
CommentsRecorded at the Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles
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Performance #16:
Date Performance 1997-10-00
Performers Lindsey Buckingham (Guitar), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), John McVie (Bass), Christine McVie (Keyboards), Stevie Nicks (Background Vocals)
CommentsRecorded live in Irvine, California.
Appears On
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Performance #17:
Date Performance 1993-00-00
Performers Lindsey Buckingham (Vocals)
Commentsby Lindsey Buckingham
Appears On
Superstar Concert Series (1994)
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Performance #18:
Date Performance 1990-00-00
Performers Billy Burnette (Guitar), Rick Vito (Guitar), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), John McVie (Bass), Christine McVie (Keyboards), Stevie Nicks (Background Vocals)
CommentsRecorded live at Maine Road, Manchester, England.
Appears On
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Performance #19:
Date Performance 1982-10-22
Running Time 5:56
Performers Lindsey Buckingham (Guitar), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), Christine McVie (Keyboards), John McVie (Bass), Lindsey Buckingham (Vocals), Stevie Nicks (Vocals), Christine McVie (Vocals), Stevie Nicks (Tambourine), Ray(mond) Lindsey (Additional Guitarist)
CommentsRecorded at the Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles
Appears On
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Performance #20:
Date Performance 2000-00-00
Performers Lindsey Buckingham (Performed By), Westwood One (Mobile Recording By)
CommentsPerformed by Lindsey Buckingham (Courtesy Of Warner Bros. Records)
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Performance #21:
Date Performance 1997-06-00
Running Time 5:00
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Date Performance 1989-00-00
Running Time 2:18
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Date Performance 1993-00-00
Running Time 3:50
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Commentsby Seaweed
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Performance #24:
Date Performance 2004-00-00
Running Time 4:14
Performers Lindsey Buckingham (Vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (Guitar), Brett Tuggle (Keyboards), Brett Tuggle (Guitars), Brett Tuggle (Vocals), Neale Heywood (Guitars), Neale Heywood (Vocals), Taku(ya) Hirano (Percussion)
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(C) Copyright 1976 Published and controlled by Gentoo Music, Inc. (BMI) and Now Sounds Music (ASCAP)/Fleetwood Mac Music - BMI. All rights reserved/Copyright Renewed. International Copyright Secured. Used by permission. Under U.C.C. (C) Copyright 1977 by Gentoo Music, Inc. and Now Sounds Music. Administered by Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc. for U.S. and Canada.

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2008-11-11

    Discography Credits »
Lyrics contributed by Jeff Kenney and Marty Adelson. Interpretation prepared by Lauren Leichter. Tabs prepared by Ken Harris.