Fleetwood Mac – “Go Your Own Way” Live
Call It Another Lonely Day!
“Go Your Own Way” was written by Lindsey Buckingham. It was recorded by Fleetwood Mac in 1976 and released on January 1977 as a single for their eleventh studio album “Rumours.” Buckingham wrote this while on vacation in Florida. There was a pretty tense atmosphere at that time since the band members weren’t getting along well. Buckingham wrote the track mainly about his complicated relationship with Stevie Nicks.
Mick Fleetwood, the band’s drummer, remembers the tense atmosphere during this time. “…It was hardly a vacation. Aside from the obvious unstated tension, I remember the house having a distinctly bad vibe to it, as if it were haunted, which did nothing to help matters…and that’s where Lindsey played some of his stuff for the album. It was rough but it was great, though the setting didn’t do it justice. We didn’t hear it again until we got to Sausalito.”
Buckingham’s guitar solo was remarkable and even Fleetwood’s “unorthodox drumming” was undeniably beautiful! Though Fleetwood was a little confused as to how Buckingham wanted it to sound, he ended up doing such an amazing job that helped the song take off!
- Number 10 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and U.S. Cash Box Top 100
- Included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list
- Ranked at number 20 in “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” by The Rolling Stone magazine
Stevie Nicks asked Buckingham to remove the lyrics “Packing up, shacking up is all you wanna do”, but Buckingham refused.
It will always be one of Fleetwood Mac’s most unforgettable tracks!