I love a good breakup album, and Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 album Rumours might just top them all.
However, my favorite Fleetwood Mac song written during that time, Silver Springs, never made it to the album. I first learned of it when the band reunited for
Bill Clinton’s inauguration its comeback tour in 1997, The Dance.
(I was reminded of it this morning when I came across a stellar cover of Silver Springs by Florence + The Machine.)
Stevie Nicks wrote the song as her relationship with guitarist Lindsey Buckingham was ending. (Simultaneously, as the group was recording Rumours, bandmates Christie and John McVie were divorcing.)
Silver Springs is beautiful, both lyrically and musically; the song actually sounds like a river flowing by, with a woman wailing to her lover from an underground cavern beneath. I wonder if he banished her or if she sent herself there, forcing herself to watch him and his new paramour through the crystal clear water.
Despite it not being on Rumours, Silver Springs was included on Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain box set in 1992 and on their 2002 Greatest Hits album. In the late 1970s, it was a B side to Don’t Stop and Lindsey Buckingham’s massively popular response to Silver Springs, Go Your Own Way.