3. 1975: Stevie Nicks writes “Silver Springs” about her relationship with Lindsay Buckingham, and Mick Fleetwood cuts it from ‘Rumors’ to replace it with Buckingham’s “I Don’t Want to Know.”
"I Don’t Want to Know," is not a bad song, but it’s kind of like a well-made roast beef sandwich next to the boeuf Wellington that is "Silver Springs," a song that ‘Rumors’ co-producer and engineer Richard Dashut called "the best song that has never made it to a record album."
The really crazy thing about “Silver Springs” is that it anticipates the revenge Nicks eventually got on Buckingham by going on to be, on her worst day, 100 times better than he is on his best, even though he is very good. That the song (accounts differ as to how much Nicks’ gender prevented her from being recognized as the band’s true master) promised the listener/Buckingham, “I’ll follow you down ‘til the sound of my voice will haunt you / you’ll never get away from the sound of the woman that loves you” and then made good on that promise, is both kind of awesome and creepy. It has become a classic for anyone, man or woman, wishing to express the specific but very common feeling of “fuck I still love you but that’s OK because I’m so much more talented than you are.”
Never more clearly, beautifully, hauntingly portrayed than in this video, which I’ve now watched more than is strictly healthy.