Silver Springs, Fleetwood Mac Live, Milwaukee, WI – June 24, 1976.
“There’s some really amazing songs on this album. There’s one called ’Silver Springs’ that has a lot in it about Christine and me. It’s very sad. It goes: “Your man is seeing another woman, did you say she was pretty, did you say that she loved you, I don’t want to know about it…” It’s really sad.
Then at the end it has a tremendous build up – “Time cast a spell on you, but you won’t forget me, I could have loved you but you wouldn’t let me, I’ll follow you down till the sound of my voice haunts you – you’ll never get away from the sound of the woman who loved you…" That’s repeated over and over for about five minutes. By the end of it, you’re in tears, I’m screaming ”Give me just a chance, was I such a fool" and it’s just terribly sad.”
It must be an extraordinary, cathartic experience to perform.
“Yes, it brings me back always. But that’s good. When we did that once onstage, I almost did start to cry. When I wrote ‘Silver Springs’ I hadn’t written the part about “the sound of my voice”, and when I started doing a rough vocal, it just came out.
When I finished, everyone said, isn’t it strange that you would say that without thinking…
Stevie’s voice wanders off, repeating the instinctively meaningful lyric almost to herself – “I’ll follow you down till the sound of my voice…“ rather than saying, you know, the memory of me, or my face, or something, I dwelt on the sound of my voice.
“Because I suppose, as far away as Lindsey goes from me, he’ll never get away from the sound of my voice, ever. And John will never get away from the Christine’s voice. On a literal level. It’s very heavy.” – Sounds, October 1976.