Stevie Nicks Trouble in Shangri-La (2001)

Planets of the Universe

About the Song

“Planets of the Universe” is Track 4 on Trouble in Shangri-La (2001). Stevie wrote the song about her breakup with Lindsey Buckingham in 1976, while Fleetwood Mac was recording Rumours in Sausalito, California. The song was rehearsed for Rumours, but not used for the album. A demo of “Planets of the Universe” later appeared on the 2004 and 2013 deluxe editions of Rumours.

In 2001, Stevie added new verses to the song “to soften it a little bit.” “It’s one of the heaviest songs I’ve ever written and I wrote it in anger, in all my drama — as dramatic as I was and probably still am. I went back and wrote the first part of the song a couple of months ago because I wanted to soften it a little bit.”

“[‘Planets of the Universe’] was a huge statement for me to make, a very harsh thing for me to say,” Stevie explains. “It was just for six months [that I felt that] I was depressed about love. The song was written when we were recording Rumours in [the] San Francisco [area]. I was tired of the city and very, very angry at Lindsey. How strange and funny, though, that I have lived alone all that time since.

Interestingly, Revolver Magazine interpreted “Planets of the Universe” as “worry about global warming in disarmingly eloquent terms.”

Lyrics

The bright light is lying down
The earth and the sea and the sky
Is at rest with the ocean
And the days go by

They go into the seas that have no shores
Haunted by that same closed door
Looking up at skies on fire
Leaving nothing left of us
To discover

And the planets of the universe
Go their way
Not astounded by the sun or the moon
Or by the day
You and I will simply disappear
Out of sight
But I’m afraid soon there’ll be
No light

No doubt, no pain
Come ever again, well
Let there be light in this lifetime
In the cool, silent moments of the nighttime

And the planets of the universe
Go their way
Not astounded by the sun or the moon
Or by the day
You and I will simply disappear
Out of sight
But I’m afraid soon there’ll be
No light

We will never change again
The way that we are changing
Well, you’ll forget the chill of love
But not the strain

Now I know
Well, I was wrong
To live for a dream
If I had my life to live over
I would never dream, no
I still wish you gone
And I will live alone
Yes, I will live alone

And the planets of the universe
Go their way
Not astounded by the sun or the moon
Or by the day
You and I will simply disappear
Out of sight
But I’m afraid soon there’ll be
No light

You will never love again
The way you love me
You will never rule again
The way you ruled me
You will never change again
The way you’re changing

(Stevie Nicks) © 1979 ℗ Welsh Witch Music (BMI)

Official Versions

  1. Album Version (4:46)
  2. Edit (4:21)
  3. Extended Album Version (6:35)
  4. Tracy Young Club Mix (10:27)
  5. Tracy Young Universal Dub (8:08)
  6. Ilicit Club Mix (7:49)
  7. Illicit Vocal Dub (7:32)
  8. Illicit Vocal Dub Instrumental (7:27)

Planets of the Universe (Album Version)

Planets of the Universe (Extended Version)

The Extended Version, containing additional lyrics, appears on the 2001 “Planets of the Universe” CD single.

Stevie Nicks, Planets of the Universe, Trouble in Shangri-La, 2001Billboard Charts

Hot Dance Club Play: #1 (August 11, 2001)

References

Baltimore Sun

Billboard Magazine

Revolver

 

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