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Fleetwood Mac - Rhiannon - Live Tusk Tour

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"......Stevie chants amidst a wonderful stagelit luminescence about her noble, golden head. Ten rows back are her true fans, clad in top hats and chiffon scarves; they remember the days when Rhiannon the Welsh mare-goddess alighted onstage like a dark-winged apparition in Fleetwood Mac shows past. "

-- Stephen Davis, 1988

Rhiannon is doubtless Stevie Nicks' signature song. When she performs it live, she IS Rhiannon up there on the stage, in her own world, really. "She was basically possessed," Mick Fleetwood said. Rhiannon is also the song that threw Fleetwood Mac into the stratosphere as a band. The song's popularity became more like a cult following. Thousands and thousands of young women wanting to be like Stevie, dressed like her, singing along with her. Each performance we drain Stevie, as she completely gave herself to the song. This became the mystical attraction that drew people to Stevie Nicks.

Rhiannon is a song that is never left out of any Fleetwood Mac or Stevie Nicks concert and also one that is very special to Stevie herself. She often changes the lyrics. As one person said, perhaps this is because she herself has changed. As she has told the story, while she was a struggling musician in 1974 (shortly before joining Fleetwood Mac) along with her then-boyfriend, Lindsey Buckingham, young Stevie Nicks read a novel, called Triad, about a girl named Rhiannon. She thought it was a beautiful name and decided to write a song about it. She later became fascinated by the story of the Welsh goddess Rhiannon and learned a great deal about her. Her version was slower, much like we heard it on The Dance. In order for it to be a hit single for Fleetwood Mac, it became the rock & roll classic that is heard on the Fleetwood Mac album. Stevie began to sing the version with the piano intro a number of years later. She did not want Rhiannon to be one of the singles from the Fleetwood Mac album because she was afraid that Rhiannon might not make it. Her Rhiannon was not for sale.

It is difficult to put into words the magic the song can evoke. The story of Rhiannon is an interesting one. Rhiannon is the maker of birds, the goddess of steeds, and the protector of horses. Her music has the effect of a pain pill. A person wakes up and hears the birds singing her song and the danger has passed. Stevie has said that she always thinks of that when she sings the song. Stevie wrote her song without prior knowledge of legend. She was pleasantly surprised to realize that the Rhiannon of her song bore a striking resemblance to the actual story. You cannot catch Rhiannon, no matter how close she appears to be wandering. Only when you cry out to her does she respond. Rhiannon left her magical world to marry a mortal king and lost her powers. She did not lose knowledge of them, she knew what would happen and could do nothing about it, which was difficult. As punishment for a crime she did not commit, Rhiannon was forced to carry people around on her back, thus she was called the Mare-Goddess. Stevie often introduced the song by saying, simply, "This is a story about a Welsh witch." And so it is.......

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Albumversion lyrics:
by S. Nicks

Rhiannon rings like a bell through the night
And wouldnt you love to love her
Takes to the sky like a bird in flight
And who will be her lover

All your life youve never seen a woman
Taken by the wind
Would you stay if she promised you heaven
Will you ever win

She is like a cat in the dark
And then she is the darkness
She rules her life like a fine skylark
And when the sky is starless

All your life youve never seen a woman
Taken by the wind
Would you stay if she promised you heaven
Will you ever win
Will you ever win

Rhiannon
Rhiannon
Rhiannon
Rhiannon

She rings like a bell throu the night
And wouldnt you love to love her
She rules her life like a bird in flight
And who will be her lover

All your life youve never seen a woman
Taken by the wind
Would you stay if she promised you heaven
Will you ever win
Will you ever win

Rhiannon
Rhiannon
Rhiannon

Oooooh

Taken by
Taken by the sky
Taken by
Taken by the sky
Taken by
Taken by the sky

Dreams unwind
Loves a state of mind
Dreams unwind
Loves a state of mind

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