Christopher Sebela

writer, wronger, rearranger

I wrote it for Rumours, and fourteen years ago I walked into the studio and the record was basically done. It was at the Record Plant, and Mick said, ‘Stevie, I need you to come outside to the parking lot cause I need to talk to you for a minute.’ And I knew it was really serious ‘cause Mick never asks you to go out to the parking lot for anything.

So we walked to the huge Record Plant parking lot and he said, ‘I’m taking Silver Springs off the record.’ And, of course, my first reaction was, ‘Why?’ And he said, ‘There’s a lot of reasons, but because basically it’s just too long. And we think that there’s another of your songs that’s better, so that’s what we want to do.’ Before I started to get upset about Silver Springs, I said, ‘What other song?’ And he said, ‘A song called I Don’t Want To Know.’ And I said, ‘But I don’t want that song on this record.’ And he said, ‘Well, then don’t sing it.’

And then I started to scream bloody murder and probably said every horribly mean thing that you could possibly say to another human being, and walked back in the studio completely flipped out. I said, ‘Well, I’m not gonna sing I Don’t Want To Know. I am one-fifth of this band.’ And they said. ‘Well, if you don’t like it, you can either (a) take a hike or (b) you better go out there and sing I Don’t Want To Know or you’re only gonna have two songs on the record.’ And so, basically, with a gun to my head, I went out and sang I Don’t Want To Know. And they put Silver Springs on the back of Go Your Own Way.

— Stevie Nicks on why ‘Silver Springs’ was left off Rumours (a thing I didn’t realize til last night)

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