Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks‘ relationship was something else. A rollercoaster with a long and tumultuous history, they met each other when they were teenagers. However that relationship was traumatic for both of them, and that’s when Stevie wrote a song to haunt Lindsey Buckingham.
A little back story on the two of them…
They met when they were teenagers at College. Both of them shared a common love for music. They started to perform together and later on Buckingham asked her to join his group, Fritz. It was after Buckinham’s bandmates in Fritz had to leave the band to go to college. As Fritz, they even opened for some of the best ones in the music world like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.
After some time the pair moved to Los Angeles with a dream of being someone in the music industry. That’s when they became romantically involved. Stevie said, “I loved him before he was a millionaire. We were two kids out of Menlo-Atherton High School. I loved him for all the right reasons. We did have a great relationship at first. I loved taking care of him and the house.”
Once they were inseparable until they were. Their love didn’t last forever. They were on the verge of splitting up when Fleetwood Mac was in their early days. However, they didn’t want the band to suffer much and they were in it together. But, still, the problems followed. In an interview with Billboard, Nicks said,
“We were sailing along on the highest wave. It was OK for a while, until it wasn’t. At the end of 1976, that’s when it just blew up.”
That’s when she talked about one song that didn’t make it into the album Rumors. The song was ‘Silver Springs‘. It was replaced by ‘I Don’t Want To Know’ in the album. It was later revealed that the song was supposed to be her way of getting back at Lindsey Buckingham. The lyrics stated, “I know I could’ve loved you, but you would not let me, I’ll follow you down ’til the sound of my voice will haunt you”.
She also disclosed when she wrote the song. Stevie commented, “I wrote ‘Silver Springs’ about Lindsey. And we were in Maryland somewhere driving under a freeway sign that said Silver Springs, Maryland. And I loved the name…Silver Springs sounded like a pretty fabulous place to me. And ‘You could be my silver springs’, that’s just a whole symbolic thing of what you could have been to me.”
The song was really directed at Buckingham. Back in 2009, she revealed that she wanted him to feel the same pain she went through. With Rolling Stone, she said, “It was me realizing that Lindsey was going to haunt me for the rest of my life, and he has.”
Despite all these tumultuous things between the two of them, they wanted to continue the band until they couldn’t. Ultimately, Lindsey was fired from the band in 2018.
Listen to the song down below.