Stevie Nicks Trouble in Shangri-La (2001)

Sorcerer

“Sorcerer” is Track 3 on Trouble in Shangri-La. Stevie has recorded several demos of the song since the early 1970s.

Buckingham Nicks Version

Stevie wrote “Sorcerer” in the early 1970s, as she and Lindsey Buckingham started to navigate the Los Angeles music scene and business. Buckingham Nicks rehearsed the song, but did not include it on their debut album.

The Wild Heart Version

In 1983, Stevie rehearsed the song again for The Wild Heart sessions, recording a version that later surfaced on the deluxe edition of The Wild Heart (2016).

Marilyn Martin Version

In 1984, Stevie gave the song to Marilyn Martin to record for the Streets of Fire motion picture soundtrack. Martin’s version, with Stevie on backup vocals, featured a piano-driven arrangement and alternate lyrics.

Trouble in Shangri-La Version

Stevie finally the recorded the song for herself on Trouble in Shangri-La, staying true to the original Buckingham Nicks demo.

“Sheryl [Crow] challenged me to explore different areas of my voice,” Stevie recalls, noting the soulful falsetto that she reaches during the song’s initial verses. “It was fun to do, and it wound up working so well within the song’s arrangement.

Sheryl Crow Edit

Released exclusively on the “Sorcerer” US Promo CD Single

Lyrics

I’m tired
I’m thirsty
I’m wild-eyed
In my misery

Timeless in your finery
It’s a high price
For your luxury

Sorcerer
Who is the master
A man and woman on a star stream
In the middle of a snow dream
Sorcerer
Show me the high life
Come over
Let me put you on ice

All around black ink darkness
And who found lady from the mountains
All around black ink darkness
And who found lady from the mountains
Lady from the mountains

I’m tired
I need you badly
I’m wild-eyed
In my misery

Timeless in your finery
It’s a high price
For your luxury

(Stevie Nicks) © 1972 ℗ Welsh Witch Music (BMI)

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