Editor’s Note: Song lyrics denoted in bold italics.
Have you ever had one of those moments where the universe just seems to bring everything together at the right moment? While brainstorming for today’s Tuesday Tunes song, I thought of my sister, who checked out Fleetwood Mac’s greatest hits at the library yesterday. She’s been grooving to the tunes of the ’70s lately and it made me think of how much Fleetwood’s songs have touched my soul in the last few years. As my mom is fond of saying, “Oh, everyone owned Rumours in the ’70s” and I can honestly see why. The songwriting is top-notch and incredibly heartfelt, isn’t it? As you can probably guess, though, one song sticks out for me — it sticks out particularly strong, actually…
Fleetwood Mac’s “Songbird”
Is there anyone in the music industry who is stronger than Stevie Nicks? I defy you to find someone with more character than Nicks. She was a true powerhouse, don’t you think? And the fact that she poured so much heart and soul into the music while in the midst of a breakup with bandmate Lindsey Buckingham never ceases to amaze me. Really, though, all the members of the band were each going through heartbreak when they recorded the album, so they’re all pretty gutsy in my book!
*Side note: Let’s just be real for a minute…there is no way I could maintain that level of professionalism and work with an ex while I was in the trenches of heartbreak and loss. I mean, have you read my blog for the last 8 years? I have just a wee bit of trouble, umm, keeping my thoughts to myself.
For you, there’ll be no more crying
For you, the sun will be shining
And I feel that when I’m with you
It’s alright, I know it’s right
For all the emotional turmoil the band was feeling, this song is such a sweet ode to love. It’s simple, sure, but sometimes those are the ones that send the most powerful and effective messages. To me, this one has always read like more of a lullaby than a standard pop song. Maybe that’s why I like it so much and why it made such an impression on me? I’m not sure, but I’m certainly in love with the imagery at the very beginning of the song. I picture a place full of open green fields, blue skies and an endless amount of sunshine. That’s the world you want for the people you love the most and I often hope that’s where my father is — a place where he is surrounded by peace. Even when it comes to the people who are still with us, there are just some people who make you feel safe and loved and protected. Those people are the treasures of our lives and we want to hold on to them for as long as we can. We never want to let them go.
To you, I’ll give the world
To you, I’ll never be cold
‘Cause I feel that when I’m with you
It’s alright, I know it’s right
It’s no secret that I am so grateful for all the wonderful people in my life. My family means the world to me and I honestly don’t know what I would do without them. They’ve seen me through the scariest times in my life and never left. They’ve stuck by me and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to thank them enough for that.
And the songbirds are singing, like they know the score
And I love you, I love you, I love you, like never before
And I wish you all the love in the world
But most of all, I wish it from myself
I spend a lot of time wondering how I can show my appreciation for my family. I want them to know that I NEVER take them for granted. I think I’ve said “thank you” millions of times and, honestly, I don’t think it’ll ever be enough. I’ve got so many incredible people in my circle and every day, I hope they know just how special and loved they are. Always.
I have dreams of big gestures and piles of presents to as a way to show my love, but in the end? This song shows us the power of three simple words: I. Love. You. True, it’s not on par with hiring a skywriter, but maybe that’s the point. These simple words can — and do!! — have such a huge impact on people. We can forget that sometimes when we get swept up in the whole “thinking big” mentality, you know?
P.S. OK, in re-reading this, I’m realizing just how gushy I got this week. Definitely didn’t expect that…feel free to get a tissue if you need one! xoxo