Significant Songs (151)

Dreams

Back in 1977, I bought a copy of the new album from Fleetwood Mac. It was called ‘Rumours’. Some time later, I didn’t know anyone who didn’t have a copy on their record shelf, or propped up beside their record player. Small wonder that this sold an amazing fifty million copies, and is still being bought today, on CD and download.

I have featured the group before, both in their earlier Blues incarnation, and later on with ‘Big Love’. But ‘Rumours’ is worth a look on its own, as there are few recordings in history that have crossed so many genres, and appealed to a vast array of music fans. This was always my favourite track. It suits Stevie Nicks’ voice to perfection, and strikes the right mood in so many ways. The lyrics are worth adding in full, on this occasion. They meant something to the band at the time, with all their personal upheavals. Forty years later, they are still powerful to read.

Now here you go again, you say
You want your freedom
Well who am I to keep you down
It’s only right that you should
Play the way you feel it
But listen carefully to the sound
Of your loneliness
Like a heartbeat drives you mad
In the stillness of remembering what you had
And what you lost, and what you had, and what you lost
Thunder only happens when it’s raining
Players only love you when they’re playing
Say women they will come and they will go
When the rain washes you clean, you’ll know, you’ll know
Now here I go again, I see the crystal visions
I keep my visions to myself, it’s only me
Who wants to wrap around your dreams and,
Have you any dreams you’d like to sell?
Dreams of loneliness,
Like a heartbeat, drives you mad
In the stillness of remembering, what you had,
And what you lost and what you had and what you lost
Thunder only happens when it’s raining
Players only love you when they’re playing
Women, they will come and they will go
When the rain washes you clean, you’ll know
Thunder only happens when it’s raining
Players only love you when they’re playing
Say, women, they will come and they will go
When the rain washes you clean, you’ll know
You’ll know, you will know, you’ll know

43 thoughts on “Significant Songs (151)

  1. After finally building some shelves last week I was able to dig the records out of storage, top of the pile was rumours ๐Ÿ™‚ Not that I bought it first time round, most likely second hand from car boot sale or a record exchange shop, but it still sounds just as good ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I also had this one. And several other FM and Stevie Nicks albums. Sold virtually all my vinyls when we moved from Ludlow. So heavy to move about and difficult to store. We never played any so thought it was time to get rid.

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  3. A significant song with some significant lyrics. My favourite line being ” like a hearbeat drives you mad, in the stillness of remembering what you had”. Her voice is very charming and a wonderful song that I have now come to love. Thank you for sharing this.

    Sincerely Sonea

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  4. Those lyrics are profound, yes? Especially when they were young when they wrote them. They take on more meaning for me now that I’m older with more to look back upon.
    I โ™ฅ Fleetwood Mac and still listen to them regularly.

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    1. I was 25 in 1977, and soon to be married that December. Even then, I really got those lyrics, and the opening lines have never left my mind. Over the years since, this song has come back to haunt me on several occasions.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. I have the vinyl….bought all those years ago, plus a CD. As to the motor racing, they used the instrumental part of the track for the opening theme…..it’s now a bit messed about with

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  5. I had this one, too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Fabulous music. And all my friends loved it as well, like you say, everyone had a copy.
    You have brought back so many memories with this post, Pete. Thank you!
    Love from the four of us in Cley,
    Dina

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