This is one of the first songs to prove the chart durability of the influential group. Perhaps just as important, "Rhiannon" also introduced Stevie Nicks as a great songwriter and a challenging sex symbol. With Nicks, the vocals and the lyrics are so often intertwined is hard to decide which entity is the most affective. For "Rhiannon" both are equally as compelling. The song simply tells the story of a capricious woman, free, in demand and breezing in and out of whoever's life she chooses. Hmm, sounds familiar. With her deft imagery and sensual and haunting vocals, Nicks does indeed seem to enjoy the song's protagonist's freedom and her affect on everyone. Like all great lyricists, Nicks picked a name that worked phonetically and on an emotional level. Her band mates of course helped out, most notably Lindsay Buckingham's guitar and Christine McVie's backing vocals. Although the original words are definitive, Nicks has often sung different lyrics in concert. No matter whether a word is changed here or there &"Rhiannon" is notable for its sheer emotional power, resonance and the resemblance the story has on the woman who wrote it.