Dreams (4:12)

Cover of Rumours

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Dreams is a song written by singer Stevie Nicks, for the group Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 album, Rumours. The song was the only U.S. number one hit for the group, and remains one of their best known songs. In the lyrics, a woman warns a man that he can be driven mad by loneliness in the wake of a broken love affair.

The members of Fleetwood Mac were experiencing emotional upheavals while recording Rumours. Drummer Mick Fleetwood was going through a divorce. Bass player John McVie was separating from his wife, keyboard player Christine McVie. Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and Nicks were ending their eight-year relationship. “We had to go through this elaborate exercise of denial,” explains Buckingham to Blender Magazine, “keeping our personal feelings in one corner of the room while trying to be professional in the other.” These circumstances inspired the writing of “Dreams.”

Nicks wrote the song at the Record Plant studio in Sausalito, California, in early 1976. “One day when I wasn’t required in the main studio,” remembers singer Stevie Nicks to Blender, “I took a Fender Rhodes piano and went into another studio that was said to belong to Sly, of Sly & the Family Stone. It was a black-and-red room, with a sunken pit in the middle where there was a piano, and a big black-velvet bed with Victorian drapes.”

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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

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