The Wild Heart @ 30: ‘I can turn all your music on, I can make you feel alive’

“I can turn all your music on / I can make you feel alive” Stevie Nicks picks up the intensity level on “Nothing Ever Changes.” The track stands out for its strong hook and rock-driven arrangement, performed by an all-star cast of musicians, such as drummer Russ Kunkel, Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band pianist Roy Bittan, and former-Eagles guitarist Don Felder.

Stevie Nicks with longtime collaborator Sandy Stewart
Stevie Nicks with longtime collaborator Sandy Stewart

Stevie Nicks picks up the intensity level on “Nothing Ever Changes.” The track stands out for its strong hook and rock-driven arrangement, performed by an all-star cast of musicians, such as drummer Russ Kunkel, Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band pianist Roy Bittan, and former-Eagles guitarist Don Felder. Respected saxophonist Phil Kenzie (The Eagles, Paul McCartney, Al Stewart) also leaves his indelible mark, providing The Wild Heart‘s most riveting solo. As an album track, “Nothing Ever Changes” received moderate radio airplay, reaching number 19 on Mainstream Rock.

‘I was feeling pretty cynical’

“This is another song that Sandy [Stewart] wrote the track for,” Nicks says, “When I’m writing, I’ll go and drag out 300 pages of lyrics and take a word from here, a line from there, a verse from here. And it doesn’t really matter since I always start from my basic idea and go back to my words. I always say it better on the typewriter than I’m gonna say it while the song’s going by. This was written about a year and a half ago. Maybe you can tell I was feeling pretty cynical at the time. This is the only cynical song on this album.”

Musicians

Piano: Roy Bittan
Guitar: Don Felder
Bass: Bob Glaub
Percussion: Bobbye Hall
Saxophone: Phil Kenzie
Drums: Russ Kunkel
Synthesizer: Sandy Stewart
Background vocals: Sharon Celani & Lori Perry

Produced by Jimmy Iovine. Recorded at Record Plant, Los Angeles.

Billboard charts

Mainstream Rock: 19 (July 30, 1983)

Lyrics

If it’s me that’s driving you to this madness
Then there’s one thing that I’d like to say
Would you take a look at your life and your lovers
Nothing ever changes

Ooh, it was just the first time
That I ever played for you
Oh, I could be the dancer of your dreams

I can turn all your music on
I can make you feel alive
I am gone but I’m never gone from you
It was just the first time

Come back, little boy
So baby come back, yeah, little boy

Ooh, it’s just me that lies waiting
Well, it could come from anywhere
Oh, it could come straight, straight from my heart
Nothing can be saved here

I can turn all your music on
I can make you feel alive
I am gone but I’m never gone from you
It was just the first time

Come back, little boy
So baby come back, yeah, little boy

Come back, little boy
So baby come back, yeah, little boy

Nothing ever changes, you know it doesn’t
Nothing ever changes, ooh, you know it doesn’t
Nothing ever changes, you know it doesn’t
Nothing ever changes

Come back, so baby, come back
Baby, come back, baby, come back
Come back, come back, come back

Come back, baby, come back
So baby, come back, baby come back
Come back, come back, come back

Come back, so baby, come back
Come back, come back, come back
Come back, come back

Come back, baby, come back

(Stevie Nicks, Sandy Stewart)
© 1982 Welsh Witch Music (BMI) Admin by. Sony/ATV Songs, LLC / Sweet Talk Music/Three Hearts Music (ASCAP)

References
Modern Records. (1983). Stevie Nicks: The Wild Heart [Press release].
Whitburn, J. (2008). Joel Whitburn presents rock tracks 1981-2008. Menomonee Falls, WI: Record Research, Inc.

The Wild Heart @ 30: ‘I will run to you, down whatever road you choose’

“If you need me, I’ll come runnin’…” Following the combative “Stand Back” is the conciliatory “I Will Run to You,” a duet with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Despite the ironic juxtaposition, the two songs complement each other well and help depict the decidedly pensive mood of the latter half of the album.

Tom Petty 1983Following the combative “Stand Back” is the conciliatory “I Will Run to You,” a duet with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Despite the ironic juxtaposition, the two songs complement each other well and help depict the decidedly pensive mood of the latter half of the album. Written by Petty, “Run” has a melodic chorus and features music that bears some resemblance to the song “You Got Lucky” from Petty’s 1982 album Long After Dark.

The duet was promoted to radio as an album track, reaching number 35 on Mainstream Rock. Nicks and Petty performed “I Will Run to You” (and “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around) in concert during Nicks’ Wild Heart tour on September 13, 1983 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, where Petty was a special guest.

‘Something really pretty’

“I don’t really know why Tom wrote this song for me,” Nicks recalls, “because it’s not like he had to, or not like I called him up and asked him to do it. But for some reason, he wanted to write me something really pretty, and he did, and we worked real hard. We recorded in New York, and we didn’t get it. Then we went to Caribou and recorded but still came back without what we thought was a real lead vocal from either of us. Finally, we did it in L.A.

Tom and I love to sing together, and we’ve really developed this relationship, and I’m not really very interested in developing relationships with other men singers, because this is just perfect: we sing well, we have a great time, we complement each other. I love his songwriting, perfect, why bother? Whatever the hassles that be that make it difficult — and believe you me the hassles that be are everywhere to stop Tom and I from ever doing anything together — my relationship with him is more important.

Anyway, the song’s fabulous. It’s beautiful, and I’m very honored that he even cared enough to write it for me.”

Musicians

Guitar: Michael Campbell
Bass: Howie Epstein
Drums: Stan Lynch
Guitar, vocals: Tom Petty
Keyboards: Benmont Tench

Produced by Jimmy Iovine. Recorded at The Hit Factory, New York.

Billboard charts

Mainstream Rock: 35 (July 23, 1983)

Lyrics

One so young, so changed
Should not be left alone
Two in love should confess
And not be left alone

And, I will run to you
Down whatever road you choose
Yes, I will follow you down
I will run to you

You’ve had time, come around
Will you please make up your mind
I stand accused on trial
Will you please make up your mind

And, I will run to you
Down whatever road you choose
Yes, I will follow you down
I will run to you

Make it easy for me
I been lonely, baby
Show some mercy, honey
I was nothing
All those lonely nights
Showed me something
If you need me
I’ll come runnin’

I will run to you
Down whatever road you choose
I will follow you down
I will run…

I will run to you
Down whatever road you choose
Yes, I will follow you down
I will run to you

(Tom Petty)
© 1983 Gone Gator Music (ASCAP)
References
Modern Records. (1983). Stevie Nicks: The Wild Heart [Press release].
Whitburn, J. (2008). Joel Whitburn presents rock tracks 1981-2008. Menomonee Falls, WI: Record Research, Inc.

The Wild Heart @ 30: ‘First he took my heart then he ran’

Kicking off side two of The Wild Heart is Stevie Nicks’ massive hit “Stand Back.” Though it’s not her highest charting single (that honor goes to “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” which peaked at number three in 1981), “Stand Back” is clearly her most recognizable solo hit, having been performed on every solo and Fleetwood Mac tour (that Nicks has been a part of) since the song’s release in 1983.

Prince

Kicking off side two of The Wild Heart is Stevie Nicks’ massive hit “Stand Back.” Though it’s not her highest charting single (that honor goes to “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” which peaked at number three in 1981), “Stand Back” is clearly her most recognizable solo hit, having been performed on every solo and Fleetwood Mac tour (that Nicks has been a part of) since the song’s release in 1983. (Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” is another song that has been performed on every tour since its release.) The story of “Stand Back” is now legendary among fans, but few know that song was actually borne out of just the first three chords of Prince’s “Little Red Corvette,” not the entire song.

‘Little Red Corvette’

“Right after I got married, I heard this wonderful song Prince had done called ‘Little Red Corvette,'” Nicks said in 1983, “And as soon as I heard it I went, ‘Boy, I love that.’ And I just started humming to myself, and in a matter of minutes, I had hummed along a very different melody than what Prince had done. Anyway, me being one of the more honest people you’ll ever meet, I immediately call Prince and tell him what I had written and how and he, against everybody’s thinking he wouldn’t, came down and played on this song! My intuitions are usually right and since he told me he was doing the video of ‘Little Red Corvette’ that day, and since I know videos and films always take a lot longer than anybody thinks, I didn’t think he’d show up. But Sandy and I rushed to the studio anyway, thinking ‘what if he comes, what are we going to show him. We’ll both get out there live and try to play the song for him and start to giggle,’ right? I mean, no chance. So under pressure of fire, we did it in one take, one time, and that’s what you hear; me singing live, Sandy on her synthesizer, Prince playing that dahdahdahdahdah, very kind of ‘Edge of Seventeen’ thing, and a drum machine.

Between then and now, Steve Lukather put an incredible guitar solo in the middle and David Williams, who played all over [Michael Jackson’s] ‘Billie Jean Is Not My Lover,’ played on this. Anyway, ‘Stand Back’ become a real anthem, a real ‘I’m tired of listening to all your great advice, ’cause it’s gotten me nowhere, so I’m listening to myself now kind of anthem.’ So it came slightly out of strength, slightly out of being in love, slightly out of being married, and ever so slightly out of hearing the first three chords of ‘Little Red Corvette!'”

‘My favorite song onstage’

“[‘Little Red Corvette’] just gave me an incredible idea,” Nicks said in 1991, “So I spent many hours that night writing a song about some kind of crazy argument, and it was to become one of the most important of my songs. I’ve been doing this song for years. Fleetwood Mac does it also, and I never get tired of it. ‘Stand Back’ has always been my favorite song onstage because when it starts, it has an energy that comes from somewhere unknown, and it seems to have no timespace. I’ve never quite understood this sound, but I have never questioned it. I become a different person, and I like that, because usually I make up my own characters, but the lady in ‘Stand Back’ was not my idea. By the way, Prince did come into the studio the night I called him and told him about this song, and he played incredible synthesizer on it. And then he just walked out of my life, and I didn’t see him for a long time. It was extraordinary.”

Stand Back 1983

Musicians

OBX-A & DMX drum machine programming: David Bluefield
Drums: Marvin Caruso
Percussion: Bobbye Hall
Drum overdubs: Russ Kunkel
Guitar: Steve Lukather
Synthesizer: Sandy Stewart
Guitar: Waddy Wachtel
Percussion: Ian Wallace
Guitar: David Williams
Background vocals: Sharon Celani & Lori Perry

Produced by Jimmy Iovine. Recorded at Studio 55, Los Angeles.

Billboard charts

Pop Singles: 5
Mainstream Rock: 2 (June 4, 1983)

Main version

Scarlett version

Stand Back (Ralphi Rosario & Craig J. Snider House Mix)

Lyrics

No one looked as I walked by
Just an invitation would have been just fine
Said no to him again and again
First he took my heart then he ran

No one knows how I feel
What I say unless you read between my lines
One man walked away from me
First he took my hand
Take me home

Stand back, stand back
In the middle of my room
I did not hear from you
It’s alright, it’s alright
To be standing in a line
(Standing in a line)
To be standing in a line
I would cry

La, la, la-la, la, la, la, la-la, la-la…
La, la, la la-la, la…

Do not turn away my friend
Like a willow I can bend
No man called my name
No man came

So I walked slow down away from you
Maybe your attention was more than you could do
One man did not call
He asked me for my love
That was all

Stand back, stand back
In the middle of my room
I did not hear from you
It’s alright, it’s alright
To be standing in a line
(Standing in a line)
To be standing in a line
I would cry

La, la, la-la, la, la, la, la, la…
La, la…
La, la, la-la la, la, la…
Ju-ju, ju-ju!
Oh…
La, la, la-la, la, la, la, la, la…
Da-da-da-da…
La, la, la-la, la…
Wa-ah!

So I walked on down the line away from you
Maybe your attention was more than I could do
One man did not fall
Well, he asked me for my love
That was all

Stand back, stand back
In the middle of my room
I did not hear from you
It’s alright, it’s alright
To be standing in a line
(Standing in a line)
To be standing in a line
I would cry

Feel I need a little sympathy
Well, I need a little sympathy
(Cry…)
Well, I need a little sympathy

Well, you could be standing in
(Stand back)
Well, you could be standing in
(Stand back)
Well, you could standing in
(Stand Back)

Take me home
Take home
(Stand back)
Why don’t you take me home

Well, I need a little sympathy
(Stand back)
Well, you could be standing in
(Stand back)
Why don’t you take…
(Me home)

Why don’t you take me home
(Stand back)
Take me home
(It’s alright)
Take me home
(It’s alright)
Oh, yeah…
Take me home

(Stevie Nicks, Prince Rogers Nelson)
© 1983 Welsh Witch Music (BMI) / Admin. by Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI) / Controversy Music (ASCAP)

References
Modern Records. (1983). Stevie Nicks: The Wild Heart [Press release].
Nicks, S. (1991). [Liner notes]. Timespace: The best of Stevie Nicks [CD].

The Wild Heart @ 30: ‘When I call, will you walk gently through my shadow’

“And the summer became the fall. I was not ready for the winter…” Closing side one of The Wild Heart is the soulful “Nightbird,” a poignant song that poetically addresses the death of Stevie Nicks’ childhood friend Robin Anderson, who succummbed to leukemia at the end of 1982. Nicks draws parallel to her 1981 hit single “Edge of Seventeen, ” borrowing the lyric “just like the white winged dove” for the song’s final refrain.

Robin Anderson
Stevie Nicks with the late Robin Anderson

Closing side one of The Wild Heart is the soulful “Nightbird,” a poignant song that poetically addresses the death of Stevie Nicks’ childhood friend Robin Anderson, who succummbed to leukemia at the end of 1982. Nicks draws parallel to her 1981 hit single “Edge of Seventeen,” borrowing the lyric “just like the white winged dove” for the song’s final refrain. An unreleased outtake of “Nightbird” contains slightly different lyrics that refer to the “eyes of the nightbird.” According to Nicks, both the white winged dove and the nightbird are metaphors for death, the spirit leaving the body.

‘A spirit calling’

Anderson’s spirit served as The Wild Heart‘s main inspiration, which is reflected in album’s dedication: “This music is dedicated to Robin — for her brave, wild heart. And to the gypsies that remain.”

“This song does extend from ‘Edge of Seventeen,’ Nicks reveals. “It’s about the difficulties of female rock ‘n’ roll singers, it’s about my friend Robin, it’s about death, it’s a spirit calling. Wearing boots all summer long is like, always being ready for a flood or avalanche to happen, for the worst to happen. Because when you really look at life, all the money, material things and dreams we all search after could not save one small girl.”

Nightbird 1983
The limited-run US picture sleeve 7″ vinyl release of “Nightbird” with unique artwork remains rare and highly collectible.

Third single

“Nightbird,” featuring Nicks’ collaborator Sandy Stewart on shared vocals, was the third and final single released from The Wild Heart, reaching number 33 on Pop Singles and number 32 on Mainstream Rock. Nicks gave memorable performances of the song on Saturday Night Live and Solid Gold (both clips below) but has never performed the song since. Background singer Lori Nicks sang Sandy Stewart’s parts for both of these performances.

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Musicians

Bass: Kenny Edwards
Piano: David Foster
Drum overdubs: Chet McCracken
Synthesizer, vocals, and piano solo: Sandy Stewart
Organ: Benmont Tench
Guitar: Waddy Wachtel
Background vocals: Sharon Celani & Lori Perry

Produced by Jimmy Iovine. Recorded at Record Plant, New York

Billboard charts

Pop Singles: 33
Mainstream Rock: 32 (February 11, 1984)

Lyrics

And the summer became the fall
I was not ready for the winter
It makes no difference at all
‘Cause I wear boots all summer long

Eye makeup dark and it’s careless
Same circles around my eyes
Sometimes the real color of my skin
Is my eyes without any shadow

(And when I call)
(Will you walk gently through my shadow)
When I call will you walk
Gently through my show
(It’s the ones who sing at night)
Cried the nightbird
(The ones who sing at night)
(The ones you dream of)
The ones you dream of
(The ones who walk away)
The ones who run away
(With their capes around them tight)
Their capes pulled around them tight
(Cryin’ for the night)
Cry for the nightbird
Tonight

The winter is really here now
And the blankets that I love
Sometimes I am surrounded
By too much love

(And when I call)
(Will you walk gently through my shadow)
And when I call will you walk
Gently through my shadow
(It’s the ones who sing at night)
It’s the ones who sing at night
(The ones you dream of)
The ones you dream of
(The ones who walk away)
With their capes pulled around them tight
Cryin’ for the night
Cry for the nightbird
Tonight

Do-do, doo…do-do, do
Doo…do-do, doo…do-do
Doo…do-do, doo…do-do
Doo…do-do, doo…do-do
Doo…do-do, doo…do-do
Doo…do-do, doo…do-do

(And when I call)
(Will you walk gently through my shadow)
And when I call will you walk
Gently through my shadow
(It’s the ones who sing at night)
Cried the nightbird
(The ones who sing at night)
The ones who sing at night
(The ones you dream of)
The ones you dream of
(The ones who walk away)
The ones who run away
(With their capes around them tight)
Cryin’ for the night
Cry for the nightbird
Tonight

(And when I call)
(Will you walk gently through my shadow)
When I call will you walk
Gently through my shadow
(Just like the white winged dove)
(It’s the ones who sing at night)
Cry for the nightbird
(The ones who sing at night)
Ooh…

(Ooh, ooh)
Through the dark and the net of the lace
Pulls back the net and it’s hard to see her face
(Just like the white winged dove)
Feel the touch
The touch that you want so much

(Yes, when I call)
(You can walk gently through my shadow)
Through the dark and the net of the lace
And she pulls back the net
(Just like the white winged dove)
Hard to see to see her face
(Don’t be afraid)
You’ll see
(‘Cause you’ll see)

(Stevie Nicks, Sandy Stewart)
© 1982 Welsh Witch Music (BMI) / Admin. by Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI) / Sweet Talk Music/Three Hearts Music (ASCAP)

Saturday Night Live performance

Solid Gold performance

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References
Modern Records. (1983). Stevie Nicks: The Wild Heart [Press release].
Whitburn, J. (2008). Joel Whitburn presents rock tracks 1981-2008. Menomonee Falls, WI: Record Research, Inc.

The Wild Heart @ 30: ‘It’s a shame that you wanted me, you didn’t try’

“It’s a shame that you wanted me, you didn’t try…” As side one of the The Wild Heart starts to wind down, the tempo starts to pick up with “Enchanted.” Showcasing tight vocals and a strong hook, “Enchanted” is reminiscent of other short, uptempo songs that Nicks has recorded, such as “I Don’t Want to Know” (1977), “Imperial Hotel” (1985), and “In Your Dreams” (2011).

1983 Herbert Worthington
(Herbert W Worthington)

As side one of the The Wild Heart starts to wind down, the tempo starts to pick up with “Enchanted.” Showcasing tight vocals and a strong hook, “Enchanted” is reminiscent of other short, uptempo songs that Stevie Nicks has recorded, such as “I Don’t Want to Know” (with Fleetwood Mac, 1977), “Imperial Hotel” (1985), and “In Your Dreams” (2011). Though it was never released as a single, “Enchanted” received moderate US radio airplay, reaching number 12 on Mainstream Rock.

‘Constructive travelling’

Nicks recalls writing the lyrics to “Enchanted” quickly during a car ride to Long Island. “We wrote it last summer (1982) on the way from New York City to Quogue, on Long Island. We wrote it in a car, in the limousine. We heard the instrumental part out of the speakers, and we hooked up our KD-5, which is the savior of our singing lives. So we sang and recorded, and by the time we got there, the song was written. Constructive travelling, I call it.”

Nicks first performed “Enchanted” live on The Wild Heart tour. The song title went on to bear the name of Nicks’ 1998 box set release (The Enchanted Works of Stevie Nicks), a three-disc retrospective representing her entire solo work. Since then, the song has become a concert set list staple in Nicks’ shows.

Enchanted vs. Destiny

“Enchanted” is closely related to “Destiny,” another song recorded during The Wild Heart sessions. Both tracks share similar verses but use different choruses. Despite its compelling, power-ballad vocal, “Destiny” was shelved for the time being. Nicks finally recorded the song 10 years later for her fifth solo album Street Angel (1994).

Musicians

Roy Bittan: Piano
Bob Glaub: Bass
Bobbye Hall: Percussion
Russ Kunkel: Drums
Benmont Tench: Organ
Waddy Wachtel: Guitar
Sharon Celani & Lori Perry: Background vocals

Produced by Jimmy Iovine. Recorded at Record Plant, New York

Billboard charts

Mainstream Rock: 12 (July 16, 1983)

Lyrics

(1-2-3-4)

Cryin’ in the morning trying to be strong
Waitin’ for the spring to turn into the fall
Love don’t mean what it says at all
And destiny says that I’m destined to fall

Enchanted
You thought you saw something in my eyes
Enchanted
It’s a shame that you wanted me
You didn’t try

Why the sad face
Oh, darling
Was it my darkness
Shadow light
I mean to cause no trouble for you
That is the story of my life

Enchanted
You thought you saw something in my eyes
Enchanted
It’s a shame that you wanted me
You didn’t try

Enchanted
Wo, it’s just a voice through the night
Enchanted
Well, I hope you make it

You were gone
You were gone from me
When I remember someone
I remember their dreams
In those dreams that no one knows of
My destiny says that I’m destined to run

(Enchanted)
Ooh, you saw something in my eyes
Enchanted
It’s a shame that you wanted me
You didn’t try
Enchanted
Well, it’s just a voice through the night
Enchanted
Well, I hope you make it
Ooh, enchanted
Well, I hope you make it

Wo…
Wo-wo-ho
I hope you make it
Wo…
Wo-wo-wo
I hope you make it
Yay…
Yay-yay-yay
I hope you make it
Yay..
Yay-yay-yay
I hope you make it

(Stevie Nicks)
© 1982 Welsh Witch Music (BMI) / Admin. by Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI)

References
Modern Records. (1983). Stevie Nicks: The Wild Heart [Press release].
Whitburn, J. (2008). Joel Whitburn presents rock tracks 1981-2008. Menomonee Falls, WI: Record Research, Inc.

The Wild Heart @ 30: ‘So to the red rose… Grows the passion’

‘You say you seek the truth, I say all is fair…’ One of Stevie Nicks’ more obscure songs is “Gate and Garden,” track three on The Wild Heart. Nicks has seldom discussed the song in great detail and has never performed it in concert, but the breezy tune appears to be about secret escapes and getaways.

1983 If Anyone FallsOne of Stevie Nicks’ more obscure songs is “Gate and Garden,” track three on The Wild Heart. Nicks has seldom discussed the song in great detail and has never performed it in concert, but the breezy tune appears to be about secret escapes and getaways.

“It’s all through my diary, ‘what are they gonna ask me about this?’ ’cause I don’t know what ‘Gate and Garden’ is about,” Nicks ponders. “I guess it’s my idea about my escapes, of the places that I go, the things that I do and think about—that is my private, silent, secret garden world that belongs to nobody else. That’s where and what that place probably is for me. Everybody should have their own secret, peaceful garden.”

Musicians

Dave Monday: Guitar
Brad Smith: Drums & percussion
Sandy Stewart: Keyboards, synthesizer
Benmont Tench: Organ
Waddy Wachtel: Guitar
Sharon Celani & Lori Perry: Background vocals

Produced by Jimmy Iovine. Recorded at Goodnight, Dallas

Lyrics

There is a gate
It can be guarded
Well, it is not heaven
And it has a garden
So to the red rose
Grows the passion

And the guardian
Well, it’s now you know
It’s just a few days away
It’s now you know
And it’s then
It’s just a game that we play
Someone steals it
Someone steals it away
It scares you to death
You don’t give into yourself
You give into your friends
Don’t send an answer
How many times have you said

Do I love you
Well, I always did (every night)
Nobody knows nothing ’bout it, no
Wo, do I love you
Well, I always did
Nobody knows
Knows nothing ’bout it

Well, it’s now you know
It’s everywhere
You say you seek the truth
I say all is fair
Don’t send an answer
How many times
Have you said

Do I love you (every night)
Well, I always did
Nobody knows nothin’ ’bout it
Wo, do I love you
Well, I always did (every night)
Nobody knows nothin’ ’bout it
They know nothing ’bout it
They know nothing’ ’bout it

Do I love you…ooh-hoo
Wo, do I love you…ooh-hoo
Wo, do I love you…ah-ha
Wo, do I love you…oh-ho
Wo, do I love you
Do I love you…ooh-hoo
Wo, do I love you
Ooh-ooo-hoo
Do I love you…oh-ho-ho-ho

Ooh…

(Stevie Nicks)
© 1982 Welsh Witch Music (BMI) / Admin. by Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI)

Reference
Modern Records. (1983). Stevie Nicks: The Wild Heart [Press release].

The Wild Heart @ 30: 'If anyone falls in love… It will be one of us'

Following the success of lead single “Stand Back,” which peaked at number five on the Billboard Top 100 Singles chart, Stevie Nicks followed up her big summer hit with “If Anyone Falls,” track number two on The Wild Heart. With its distinctive synthesizer arrangement and infectious chorus, the song was another hit for the album, reaching number 14 on the pop singles chart and number 8 on mainstream rock.

 

Original music video for If Anyone Falls
Original music video for If Anyone Falls

Following the success of lead single “Stand Back,” which peaked at number five on the Billboard Top 100 Singles chart, Stevie Nicks followed up her big summer hit with “If Anyone Falls (in Love)” track number two on The Wild Heart. With its distinctive synthesizer arrangement and infectious chorus, the song was another hit for the album, reaching number 14 on the pop singles chart and number 8 on mainstream rock. A music video with iconic Stevie Nicks imagery (complete with leg warmers, chiffon skirts, and ballet dancers) and a cameo by drummer Mick Fleetwood accompanied and propelled the single.

Music by Sandy Stewart

“This is the first song that I wrote with Sandy,” Nicks explains. “I’ve probably prayed for so many years that I’d find somebody I could write songs with, and I finally found her. She lives in Houston, and she’s totally crazy. She’s a real brilliant musician and what she does for me is she writes a song, goes in with a band and records it, sends me the track, track sounds great. I go into my bathroom, put it on my stereo, plug in my tape recorder, sing along, record it right there. I play it for everybody the next day; everybody goes crazy, and that’s it, it’s over.”

Inspired by Waddy Wachtel

“There was a time when I was falling out of one love and into another, when nothing else seemed to matter except this person,” Nicks recalls. “I adored him. He was everything I wanted to be; a real rock and roller and a lover of the Stones, small and frail sometimes, but in many ways the strongest person I had ever known. His word was law. I became him. He became me, and no one dared intrude upon this union. He is no longer with me, but his spirit twin never leaves me. I think sometimes I liked being on stage just to watch him. It was music combined with love, combined with the fact that when Waddy was besides me, I felt completely safe. It is to my great sorrow that we are no longer on stage together, but it is to my great joy that he always seems to be with me, even after all this time. ‘Love is a word that some entertain… If you find it, then you have won the game.'” (Timespace liner notes)

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Musicians

Roy Bittan: Synthesizer
Bob Glaub: Bass
Bobbye Hall: Percussion
Russ Kunkel: Drums
Waddy Wachtel: Guitar
Carolyn Brooks, Sharon Celani & Lori Perry: Background vocals

Billboard charts

Pop Singles: 14
Mainstream Rock: 8 (September 24, 1983)

Appears on

The Wild Heart (1983)
Timespace: The Best of Stevie Nicks (remix) (1991)
The Enchanted Works of Stevie Nicks (1998)
Crystal Visions…The Very Best of Stevie Nicks (2007)

Lyrics

I hear a voice
In the room next to mine
Feels good, sounds good
Closes the door from behind
And another voice
Comes through the door

I am dealing with a man
When away from me
Stays deep inside my heart
And he says if anyone falls in love
It will be one of us

If anyone falls in love
Somewhere in the twilight, dreamtime
Somewhere in the back of your mind
If anyone falls

And I heard someone say
As my eyes turned away
He said, “I have loved many women.”
“I have many times run away.”

Ooh, I have never known the words
Well, I have tried to be true
Well, I have never known what to say, how to say
Seen anything today
I’ve never seen anything like you

If anyone falls in love
Somewhere in the twilight, dreamtime
Somewhere in the back of your mind
If anyone falls

So I’m never gonna see you
(Never gonna see you)
Deep inside my heart
Well, I see your shadow against
Shadow against, shadow against the wall
Baby, I see your shadow against the wall

I hear a voice
In the room next to mine
Feels good, sounds good
Closes the door from behind
And another voice
Comes through the door

Ooh, I am dealing with a man
When away from me
Stays deep inside my heart
And he says if anyone falls in love
It will be done to us

If anyone falls in love (anyone…)
Somewhere in the twilight, dreamtime
Somewhere in the back of your mind
(Somewhere in the back…of your mind)
If anyone falls

If anyone falls in love
(You say, anyone…)
Somewhere in the twilight, dreamtime
Somewhere in the back of your mind
(In the back of your mind)
If anyone falls

If anyone falls in love
(Well, say anyone…)
Somewhere in the twilight, dreamtime
Somewhere in the back of your mind
(In the back of your mind)
If anyone falls

If anyone falls in love
(Ooh, anyone…)
Somewhere in the twilight, dreamtime
Somewhere in the back of your mind
If anyone falls

(Stevie Nicks, Sandy Stewart)
© 1982 Welsh Witch Music (BMI) / Admin. by Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI) / Sweet Talk Music/Three Hearts Music (ASCAP)

References
Modern Records. (1983). Stevie Nicks: The Wild Heart [Press release].
Nicks, S. (1991). [Liner notes]. Timespace: The best of Stevie Nicks [CD]. New York, NY: Atlantic Recording Corporation.
Whitburn, J. (2008). Joel Whitburn presents rock tracks 1981-2008. Menomonee Falls, WI: Record Research, Inc.

 

The Wild Heart @ 30: ‘If anyone falls in love… It will be one of us’

Following the success of lead single “Stand Back,” which peaked at number five on the Billboard Top 100 Singles chart, Stevie Nicks followed up her big summer hit with “If Anyone Falls,” track number two on The Wild Heart. With its distinctive synthesizer arrangement and infectious chorus, the song was another hit for the album, reaching number 14 on the pop singles chart and number 8 on mainstream rock.

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Waddy WachtelFollowing the success of lead single “Stand Back,” which peaked at number five on the Billboard Top 100 Singles chart, Stevie Nicks followed up her big summer hit with “If Anyone Falls (in Love)” track number two on The Wild Heart. With its distinctive synthesizer arrangement and infectious chorus, the song was another hit for the album, reaching number 14 on the pop singles chart and number 8 on mainstream rock. A music video with iconic Stevie Nicks imagery (complete with leg warmers, chiffon skirts, and ballet dancers) and a cameo by drummer Mick Fleetwood accompanied and propelled the single.

Music by Sandy Stewart

“This is the first song that I wrote with Sandy,” Nicks explains. “I’ve probably prayed for so many years that I’d find somebody I could write songs with, and I finally found her. She lives in Houston, and she’s totally crazy. She’s a real brilliant musician and what she does for me is she writes a song, goes in with a band and records it, sends me the track, track sounds great. I go into my bathroom, put it on my stereo, plug in my tape recorder, sing along, record it right there. I play it for everybody the next day; everybody goes crazy, and that’s it, it’s over.”

Inspired by Waddy Wachtel

1983-if-anyone-falls-video-screen-cap“There was a time when I was falling out of one love and into another, when nothing else seemed to matter except this person,” Nicks recalls. “I adored him. He was everything I wanted to be; a real rock and roller and a lover of the Stones, small and frail sometimes, but in many ways the strongest person I had ever known. His word was law. I became him. He became me, and no one dared intrude upon this union. He is no longer with me, but his spirit twin never leaves me. I think sometimes I liked being on stage just to watch him. It was music combined with love, combined with the fact that when Waddy was besides me, I felt completely safe. It is to my great sorrow that we are no longer on stage together, but it is to my great joy that he always seems to be with me, even after all this time. ‘Love is a word that some entertain… If you find it, then you have won the game.'” (Timespace liner notes)

Musicians

Roy Bittan: Synthesizer
Bob Glaub: Bass
Bobbye Hall: Percussion
Russ Kunkel: Drums
Waddy Wachtel: Guitar
Carolyn Brooks, Sharon Celani & Lori Perry: Background vocals

Billboard charts

Pop Singles: 14
Mainstream Rock: 8 (September 24, 1983)

Appears on

The Wild Heart (1983)
Timespace: The Best of Stevie Nicks (remix) (1991)
The Enchanted Works of Stevie Nicks (1998)
Crystal Visions…The Very Best of Stevie Nicks (2007)

Lyrics

I hear a voice
In the room next to mine
Feels good, sounds good
Closes the door from behind
And another voice
Comes through the door

I am dealing with a man
When away from me
Stays deep inside my heart
And he says if anyone falls in love
It will be one of us

If anyone falls in love
Somewhere in the twilight, dreamtime
Somewhere in the back of your mind
If anyone falls

And I heard someone say
As my eyes turned away
He said, “I have loved many women.”
“I have many times run away.”

Ooh, I have never known the words
Well, I have tried to be true
Well, I have never known what to say, how to say
Seen anything today
I’ve never seen anything like you

If anyone falls in love
Somewhere in the twilight, dreamtime
Somewhere in the back of your mind
If anyone falls

So I’m never gonna see you
(Never gonna see you)
Deep inside my heart
Well, I see your shadow against
Shadow against, shadow against the wall
Baby, I see your shadow against the wall

I hear a voice
In the room next to mine
Feels good, sounds good
Closes the door from behind
And another voice
Comes through the door

Ooh, I am dealing with a man
When away from me
Stays deep inside my heart
And he says if anyone falls in love
It will be done to us

If anyone falls in love (anyone…)
Somewhere in the twilight, dreamtime
Somewhere in the back of your mind
(Somewhere in the back…of your mind)
If anyone falls

If anyone falls in love
(You say, anyone…)
Somewhere in the twilight, dreamtime
Somewhere in the back of your mind
(In the back of your mind)
If anyone falls

If anyone falls in love
(Well, say anyone…)
Somewhere in the twilight, dreamtime
Somewhere in the back of your mind
(In the back of your mind)
If anyone falls

If anyone falls in love
(Ooh, anyone…)
Somewhere in the twilight, dreamtime
Somewhere in the back of your mind
If anyone falls

(Stevie Nicks, Sandy Stewart)
© 1982 Welsh Witch Music (BMI) / Admin. by Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI) / Sweet Talk Music/Three Hearts Music (ASCAP)

References
Modern Records. (1983). Stevie Nicks: The Wild Heart [Press release].
Nicks, S. (1991). [Liner notes]. Timespace: The best of Stevie Nicks [CD]. New York, NY: Atlantic Recording Corporation.
Whitburn, J. (2008). Joel Whitburn presents rock tracks 1981-2008. Menomonee Falls, WI: Record Research, Inc.

The Wild Heart @ 30: ‘Wild…in the darkest places of your mind’

Earlier this year, Stevie Nicks’ second solo album The Wild Heart turned 30. To celebrate this milestone, Stevie Nicks Info looks back on each unique track that inspired the recording and captivated listeners around the world.

1983 The Wild Heart

Earlier this year, Stevie Nicks’ second solo album The Wild Heart turned 30. To celebrate this milestone, Stevie Nicks Info looks back on each unique track that inspired the recording and captivated listeners around the world.

By 1983, Stevie Nicks had established a formidable presence in rock music as a solo artist. Pressure to repeat the massive commercial success of her debut album Bella Donna was high. For her sophomoric work, Nicks balanced the pop rock sensibilities of Bella Donna (songs featured on side one of the original vinyl release) with songs that took on a harder edge (the darker melodies and instrumentation found on side two). Straightforward pop rock songs like “Stand Back,” “If Anyone Falls,” and “Enchanted” maintained her core audience, while deeper cuts like “Sable on Blond” and “Beauty and the Beast” explored Nicks’ interest in mystics and fairy tales.

While not as cohesive a work as her debut piece, The Wild Heart thrives in unconventional ways. Listeners experience a fascinating mystery of sorts, left to decipher the meaning of Nicks’ cryptic, but engaging prose that reveals just enough personal information to hook the listener. These are unrestrained creative moments that reflect Nicks’ willingness to gamble for the sake of her craft and entice listeners to read between her lines.

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The Wild Heart begins with the standout title track, Nicks’ six-minute opus that explores the “darkest places of your mind.” The music from the original demo may have been inspired by the music from Lindsey Buckingham’s 1982 demo “Can’t Go Back,” which was later recorded for Fleetwood Mac album Mirage. Nicks can be heard singing lines from “Wild Heart” to  the music of “Can’t Go Back” in the clip below.

“It was born in New York, and it’s just intense,” says Nicks of the opening title track. “There are some wild words in it that just sort of popped up. I think that people are gonna love ‘Wild Heart.’ It’s the one song that I go back to time to time again and listen to. There’s something about the vocal that just gives me shivers because it’s just so real. People will understand that, probably more than a lot of other things, because it definitely takes you through your nervous breakdown and through your recovery, and it takes you through your survival. And everybody’s heart is wild, so it’s not like I’ve got any kind of hold on it, ’cause this entire album was written for everybody and their wild heart. This was very much meant to be shared and given to people to have them just love the idea that they have wild hearts ’cause I love that — I love that.”

Musicians

Guitar: David Monday
Guitar: Dean Parks
Drums & percussion: Brad Smith
Synthesizer: Sandy Stewart
Bass: Roger Tausz
Background vocals: Sharon Celani & Lori Perry

Produced by Jimmy Iovine. Recorded at Goodnight Dallas

Lyrics

Something in my heart died last night
Just one more chip off an already broken heart
I think the heart broke long ago
That’s when I needed you
When I needed you most
That’s when I needed you
When I needed you most

Well, I run around like a spirit in flight
Fearlessness is fearlessness
I will not forget this night
Dare my wild heart
Dare my wild heart

Where is the reason
Don’t blame it on me
Blame it on my wild heart
As to the seasons
You fought from the beginning
Long before I knew it
There was a danger
And the danger was
To fall in love

In dark sorrow
They gaze down into the darkest heart
If I leave you
You say not even you can tear us apart, whoa
Say you’re leaving
You say, you don’t even know
How to start
How to start
How to start
Well, believe it then
And don’t blame it on my soul
Blame it on my wild heart
Ooh, on my wild heart
Ooh…

Fire on fire
Rain on my face
Fever goes higher
What can you do
Wild in the darkest places of your mind
That’s where I needed you
Where I needed you most
That’s where I needed you
Where I needed you most
Where is the reason
Well, don’t blame it on me
Blame it on my wild heart
There is a reason
Why even the angels
Don’t give it up at all
(Blame it on me
Blame it on me)
Where are the children
Well, are they hopelessly enchanted
Blame it on the angels
(Blame it on me)
(Blame it on me)
Where are the reasons
Don’t blame it on us
Blame it on our
Wild heart
Wild heart
Wild heart
Wild heart

On my wild heart
On my wild heart

Well, even in the darkest places of your mind
(Even in the darkest places of your mind)
Whoa, are the children are they hopelessly enchanted
(Are the children like hopelessly enchanted)
Wild in the darkest places of your mind
(Darkest places of your mind)
No, don’t blame it on me, baby

Blame it on my wild heart
(Blame it on my, blame it on my, blame it on my)
(Blame it on my, blame it on my, blame it on my)
Ooh… Ooh… ooh…

Blame it on my wild heart
Blame it on my wild heart
(Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby)
Blame it on my wild heart
Blame it on my wild, wild, wild
(Don’t blame it on my, don’t blame it on my)

Wild heart
Blame it on my wild heart
Baby, even in the darkest places of your mind
(Don’t blame it my)

© 1982 Welsh Witch Music (BMI) / Admin. by Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI)

Impromptu performance of Wild Heart (1982)

Reference
Modern Records. (1983). Stevie Nicks: The Wild Heart [Press release].

Stevie’s best stage moves

All the best rock stars have their trademark stage moves. From Chuck Berry’s rhythmic “duck walk” to Roger Daltrey’s swinging mic routine to the late Michael Jackson’s gravity-defying moonwalk, the greatest performers know exactly what it takes to put on the most memorable stage show. The Queen of Rock herself, Stevie Nicks, is no different on her mission to leave the crowd visually spellbound at each show. Here are 10 of Stevie’s best kinetic onstage moments over the years.

Stevie can get some serious height on her legendary "Stand Back" high kick.
Stevie gets some serious height on her legendary “Stand Back” high kick.

All the best rock stars have their trademark stage moves. Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and pop singer Christina Aguilera are certainly aware of the attention that these singular moves command, having sung about “Moves Like Jagger” in the summer of 2011. From Chuck Berry’s rhythmic “duck walk” to Roger Daltrey’s swinging mic routine to the late Michael Jackson’s gravity-defying moonwalk, the greatest performers know exactly what it takes to put on the most memorable stage shows. The Queen of Rock herself, Stevie Nicks, is no different on her mission to leave the crowd visually spellbound at each show. Here are 10 of Stevie’s best kinetic onstage moments over the years.

10. Air guitar, drums, keyboards…

Who doesn’t want to play guitar, drums, or keyboards like a rock star? Granted, Stevie is already an established rock star who has nothing more to prove, so this spectacle is unnecessary. But a girl can still dream, like in this clip, in which Stevie’s gets so lost in air keyboards that she misses her vocal cue to start “Rhiannon.”

9. Shake those maracas! – “Sara” (skip to 1:20)

This is a relatively new stage move that Stevie introduced during the instrumental breaks in “Sara.” It’s kind of tribal at first glance, as Stevie raises her arms up high and shakes her hands like maracas. She even varied it in latter tours by walking backwards. At 65, that takes coordination!

8. Crouching Stevie, Hidden Dragon (skip to 5:20)


There’s something imposing about this great stance, like something serious is about to happen. Stevie digs her feet in, assumes the position, and just lets loose, like in this unforgettable performance of “Rhiannon” from Fleetwood Mac’s 1982 Mirage tour.

7. “Say You Will” Lasso dance (skip to 0:48)


The “Say You Will” lasso dance has arguably been Stevie’s most elaborate stage move because it involves so many steps. So here’s the breakdown, with lyrical cues in parentheses:

1) Face forward and start singing, “Say you will, say you will…,”
2) point your index finger up (“Give me one more chance…”),
3) open your hands, bend your arms and spread them to the side (“At least give me time…”),
4) shake your hands in disapproval (…to change your mind”),
5) place your arms to the side, raise them up, extend them to the center (“It always seem to heal the wounds if I can…”), and finally
6) put your left arm on your hip and wave an invisible lasso overhead with your right hand. (“…get you to dance.”)

Got it? It’s OK if you didn’t because, fortunately, we have a video tutorial. Front row fans realized that once they got the steps down, they could mimic the lasso dance at the shows. And they did just that!

6. “Happy Feet Hoedown” – “Angel” (skip to 8:10)


Mylie Cyrus may have popularized the move, but she’s got nothing on Stevie’s version of the hoedown throwdown, complete with happy feet. Adorable.

5. Graceful spinning – “Gypsy” (skip to 3:47)

She is dancing away from you now…and spinning! Stevie introduced this continuous spinning move during The Dance. It’s slower than another great spinning move that she’s known for (coming up!), but the speed is just right for the midtempo “Gypsy.” Donning a beautifully layered black dress with long, flowing sleeves, Stevie exudes elegance and grace with each turn.

4. Interpretive dancing – “Gold Dust Woman” (skip to 8:25)

Nothing captures Stevie’s mystical charm like the series of moves she has put together for “Gold Dust Woman.” There have been variations on this interpretive dance over the years, and every time we see it, we are simply entranced.

3. Marching high kick – “Gold and Braid” (skip to 2:54)

Fan often pay homage to this memorable stage move at tribute parties. But most fans will turn to this familiar performance from the 1981 White Winged Dove Tour to rekindle fond memories of marching high kicks and flying tambourines. Unfortunately, Stevie no longer performs the move (or song) onstage, otherwise it would be higher on this list. But seeing the clip over again continues to make fans nostalgic.

2. “Stand Back” high kick


Stevie performs the “Stand Back” high kick so fast that you could literally blink and miss it. But it is a sight to behold. Stevie has mentioned in interviews that she has always been incredibly limber, boasting that she can do the full splits in a heartbeat. While we’ve never seen Stevie throw down the full splits in performance, the “Stand Back” high kick is the next best thing. (To see Stevie doing a full split, watch the opening scene of the “Gypsy” video.) If you pumped your fist in pride when Daniel LaRusso of The Karate Kid (aka “Daniel-san”) performed the winning “Crane Technique,” against his formidable competitor, then you will be knocked out when Stevie does her stage-right “Stand Back” high kick.

1. “Stand Back” spinning (skip to 5:05)


It’s probably no surprise that Stevie’s best stage moves happen in “Stand Back,” the pulsating highlight of Stevie’s live shows. The infectious beats and ominous synth notes just command energy and movement. Though her spinning velocity may vary from tour to tour, fans roar in approval whenever Stevie puts herself into motion. It’s a happy moment for everyone.