Stevie Nicks Street Angel 1994

Thousand Days

Early Version (7/22/1992)

Stevie Nicks – Thousand Days (Unreleased Version 07-22-1992)

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Enchanted Version

Thousand Days – Stevie Nicks

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“Thousand Days” is a non-album track that appears on Disc 3 of the compilation The Enchanted Works of Stevie Nicks (1998). Prior to this release, a fade version of “Thousand Days” (4:45) appeared exclusively on European releases of the “Blue Denim” and “Maybe Love” singles. A fuller version of “Thousand Days” (5:15) appears on Disc 3 of Enchanted.

“Thousand Days” was rehearsed for Rock a Little (1986) and recorded for Street Angel (1994). But neither version was used for the final recordings.

“‘Thousand Days’ was written about my non-relationship with Prince,” says Nicks, who had earlier composed “Stand Back” with him — although she notes he’s never called her back “to set up his payment on 50%” of the latter. “Days” recounts an abortive, all-night ’80s recording session with him at his Minneapolis home during a Fleetwood Mac tour, climaxing with Nicks “smoking my pot — he didn’t agree with my lifestyle — and going to sleep on Prince’s floor in his kitchen. I like him, but we were just so different there was no possible meeting ground.” (Modern Records, 1998)

While the first half of the song appears to be about Stevie’s relationship with Prince, the second half focuses on another contentious relationship, possibly the one with Lindsey Buckingham or Joe Walsh (with whom she had been dating around this time).

Lyrics

*Bonus track

The closest you’ve ever come to me
Was to help me up the stairs
You stood in the middle of the stairway
You nearly dragged me up the stairs
“You’ve been asleep.”
“Well, I’ve been asleep for how long?” she says
Ooh… “Why do you question me?”
He says, “You never cared about time before, my friend.”

It seems like a thousand days since you’ve been gone…
It seems like a thousand days since you’ve been gone…

Well, you’re not my friend, you’re not my love
And this is something that we really don’t discuss
If there is no time, and there is no place
And, if there was, well, you’d never leave a trace
And as all arch angels do to you
And as all arch enemies will finally do to you, too
Well, I found you

It seems like a thousand days since you’ve been gone…
It seems like a thousand days since you’ve been gone…
It seems like a thousand days since you’ve been gone…
It seems like a thousand days since you’ve been gone…

Quiet now, songbird, just for one night
Well, I know that you love to sing
And, oh baby, well, I know that you love to write
Well, you live by the light of the moon
I live by light of desire
Ooh, such words to her over the phone
“Just how many people are there with you now?”

Ooh, well, I can see the trouble
Well, the sun is here today now
And I requested a storm
But I like some kind of TIME/LIFE edition
Tradition, competition…
Being the only thing that I really have to remember
The great singers and the great players
And if the sun warms up the rain
And the rain puts out the sun
Why does the greatest love become the greatest pain?
A thousand days

It seems like a thousand days since you’ve been gone…
Well, where are you?
Sometimes I hear you crying
It seems like a thousand days since you’ve been gone…
And I wake up
And still I wake up crying
It seems like a thousand days since you’ve been gone…
It seems like a thousand days
It seems like a thousand days since you’ve been gone…
So, where are you?
Where you?
It seems like a thousand days since you’ve been gone…
It seems like a thousand days since you’ve been gone…
So, where are you?
Where you?

It seems like a thousand days since you’ve been gone…
Oh, sometimes I hear you crying
It seems like a thousand days since you’ve been gone…
Well, it seems like a thousand days…

Lyrics (demo)

The closest you’ve ever come to me
Was to help me up the stairs
You stood in the middle of the stairway
You nearly dragged me up the stairs

“You’ve been asleep
Well, I’ve been asleep for how long?”, she says
“Why do you question me?”
He says, “You never cared about time before, my friend”

Seems like a thousand days since you’ve been gone
Seems like a thousand days since you’ve been gone

You’re not my friend, you’re not my love
And this is something that we really don’t discuss
If there is no time and there is no place
And if there was, well, you’d never leave a trace

And as all arch angels do to you
And as all arch enemies will finally do to you too
Well, I found you

Quiet now, songbird, just for one night
Well, I know that you love to sing
And, oh baby, well, I know that you love to write

You live by the light of the moon
And I live by light of desire
Ooh, such words to her over the phone
Just how many people are there with you now

Well, I can see the trouble
The sun is here today and I requested a storm
But I like some kind of ‘Time/Life’ edition
Tradition, competition
Being the only thing that I really have to remember
The great singers and the great players

And if the sun warms up the rain and the rain puts out the sun
Why does the greatest love become the greatest pain?
So where are you? Sometimes I hear you crying
and I wake up, and still I wake up crying

Well, he is on my mind, he’s everywhere
And if he followed me home
Will the sound of both of our voices simply disappear?
Well, I miss you now

He laughs, he has an attitude so I have an attitude too
He knocks on the door next to the courtyard
Well, he frightens me so, I let him in
But I’m already, well, I’m already screaming
How can the greatest love come from the greatest pain?

Thousand Days / Whole Lotta Trouble / I Call You Missing / Love Is Like a River

“Thousand Days” is related to “Whole Lotta Trouble” (recorded for The Other Side of the Mirror, 1989), “Love Is Like a River” (recorded for Street Angel, 1994) and the unreleased “I Call You Missing,” other songs Stevie had been writing at the same time. All four songs share some of the following lyrics:

Thousand Days, Whole Lotta Trouble

You’re not my friend
You’re not my love
And this is something that we really don’t discuss

I Call You Missing, Whole Lotta Trouble

And the angel said
Well you must have had a dream
And you remember it
’til the dream followed through
’til the end of the dream
And the dream came true
When I want something
I get it

I Call You Missing, Love Is Like a River

You used to call her wicked
She used to call you friend
You say her life is wild
Compared to what lifestyle

Thousand Days, Whole Lotta Trouble

So where are you
Sometimes I hear you crying

One Thousand and One Nights

Some fans have speculated that Stevie may have drawn literary inspiration from One Thousand and One Nights (better known as Arabian Nights), a collection of 18th century Middle Eastern and South Asian folk tales. In the tales, Scheherazade is the female protagonist who has developed remarkable storytelling skills by studying the histories of kings, poets, and philosophers. For 1001 nights, Scheherazade tells the harsh King Shahryar — embittered by his first wife’s infidelity — engaging stories, which entices him to fall in love with her and eventually trust women again.

References

Modern Records/Atlantic Records (1998). The Enchanted Works of Stevie Nicks [press release].
White, T. (1998-Apr 18). Atlantic honors Stevie Nicks with lavish 3-CD ‘Enchanted’ anthology. Billboard.

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