Fleetwood Mac

Silver Springs

Composed by Stevie Nicks

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Written by Stevie Nicks, "Silver Spring" was originally intended for the seminal, multi platinum, Rumors. Years after the fact Nicks commented that in a way it's lack of inclusion on the effort marked a growing tension in the band. It's not surprising because the group has three great writers and only so many slots. "Silver Spring" did become a B-side however. With it's quiet and delicate sound, the meditative song was immediately another Nicks gem. The track's inherent longing reportedly came from the ending of the romantic relationship between Nicks and Buckingham. The song appears on the 1992 box set 25 Years: The Chain. In 1997 the song got a second life. During the filming of the reunion concert that brought Nicks and Buckingham back to the fold, "Silver Springs" was on the set list. In the live version from The Dance doing this song brought startling drama. When the lyrics, "Time cast a spell on you, but you won't forget me…" were sung, something sparked within Nicks. In one of the best moments of the concert Nicks sings part of looking at ex-boyfriend Lindsay Buckingham. She soon shouted, "Never get away" a few times, all but relishing the lingering affects of their union. Very rarely has a song had two lives as two distinct entities. Even rarer is the fact that both versions of "Silver Springs" are potent in their own way.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Rumours 1977 Rhino / Warner Bros. 4:48
Selections from 25 Years: The Chain 1992 WEA International 4:29
The Dance 1997 Reprise 5:41
Dance [Video] 1997 Reprise 5:41
1998 Grammy Nominees 1998
Various Artists
MCA 5:43
The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac [Reprise] 2002 Reprise 4:30
Live in Boston 2004 Warner Bros. / Warner Music Vision 5:25
Live in Boston 2004 Warner Bros. 5:24
The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac [Rhino] 2009 Rhino / Warner Bros. 4:31
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