Song Lyric Sunday — Landslide

The theme for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday is “natural disasters.” I chose the Stevie Nicks song, “Landslide.”

What’s that you say? That song is not about a natural disaster? Of course it is. Just try to tell someone who has experienced a landslide that it’s not a disaster. And Donald Trump claims to have won the Electoral College by a landslide, and that was the epitome of a disaster — a national disaster! In fact, it was an international disaster.

But I digress. “Landslide” was written by Stevie Nicks and performed by the British-American music group Fleetwood Mac. It was first featured on the band’s self-titled 1975 album, Fleetwood Mac, released on the Reprise label. That album was the first Fleetwood Mac album to feature Lindsey Buckingham as guitarist and Stevie Nicks as vocalist.

Stevie Nicks says she wrote the song while visiting Aspen, Colorado, sitting in someone’s living room looking out at the Rocky Mountains and pondering the avalanche of everything that had come crashing down on her, particularly in her relationship with Lindsey Buckingham. She said that her life “truly felt like a landslide in many ways.”

Here are the song’s lyrics.

I took my love, I took it down
I climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow-covered hills
‘Till the landslide brought me down

Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?

Well, I’ve been afraid of changing
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m getting older too

Well, I’ve been afraid of changing
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m getting older too
Oh, I’m getting older too

Oh, take my love, take it down
Oh, climb a mountain and turn around
And if you see my reflection in the snow-covered hills
Well the landslide will bring it down
And if you see my reflection in the snow-covered hills
Well the landslide will bring it down, oh oh
The landslide will bring it down

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13 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Landslide

  1. BuzzCut January 14, 2018 / 5:40 am

    Those words evoke melancholy right now.

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  2. herheadache January 14, 2018 / 6:17 am

    A touching song. A clearly international disaster, yes. Canada isn’t so far away and we are also affected by all that nonsense.

    Oh, how those mudslides in California sounded so awful. I can’t even imagine it.

    Great choice for SLS.

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  3. Brandewulf January 14, 2018 / 7:10 am

    This is a song that always chokes me up. It is especially poignant around the loss of a loved one that has been with you for ages.

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  4. Sight11 January 14, 2018 / 7:48 am

    She has a peculiar voice that invoke sadness. Sensei whose voice is your favourite? I mean that you love to hear (in documentaries, or just you know, in music)..

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  5. J-Dub January 14, 2018 / 8:52 am

    I chose the same song for similar reasons. A landslide IS a natural disaster coming in many forms.

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  6. Helen Vahdati January 14, 2018 / 9:32 am

    Brilliant choice this week. I absolutely love this song, always have. Stevie Nicks’ voice is stunning. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    • Fandango January 14, 2018 / 10:23 am

      Thanks. It’s a sort of melancholy song, beautiful and sad at the same time. Thanks for the prompt.

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  7. ghostmmnc January 14, 2018 / 3:57 pm

    Love this song, and it was on my list of choices, but I featured it awhile back by the Dixie Chicks, so went with another. Thanks for choosing it. 🙂

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