Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way




"Go Your Own Way" is a song by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac from their eleventh studio album, Rumours (1977). The song was released as the album's first single in December 1976 on both sides of the Atlantic. Written and sung by Lindsey Buckingham, it became the band's first top-ten hit in the United States. "Go Your Own Way" has been well received by music critics and was ranked number 120 by Rolling Stone magazine on their list of 500 greatest songs of all time in 2010, and re-ranked number 401 in 2021. They also ranked the song number one on their list of the 50 greatest Fleetwood Mac songs.


Recorded in three separate studios, the track was developed over a period of four months. Like most tracks of the Rumours album, none of the instruments were recorded live together; the tracks were instead completed through a series of overdubs. Lyrically, "Go Your Own Way" is about Buckingham's breakup with bandmate and former lover Stevie Nicks.


Like most tracks on Rumours, the lyrical content of "Go Your Own Way" documents personal strain in relationships between band members. Buckingham wrote "Go Your Own Way" as a response to his breakup with fellow Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks, whom he had known since he was 16 years old. "I was completely devastated when she took off," Buckingham noted. "And yet I had to make hits for her. I had to do a lot of things for her that I really didn't want to do. And yet I did them. So on one level, I was a complete professional in rising above that, but there was a lot of pent-up frustration and anger towards Stevie in me for many years." Writing the song helped Buckingham come to terms with reality, despite his fallout with Nicks.






Lyrics



Loving you

Isn't the right thing to do

How can I ever change things that I feel?


If I could

Baby I'd give you my world

How can I

When you won't take it from me?


You can go your own way

Go your own way

You can call it another lonely day

You can go your own way

Go your own way


Tell me why

Everything turned around

Packing up

Shacking up's all you wanna do


If I could

Baby I'd give you my world

Open up

Everything's waiting for you


You can go your own way

Go your own way

You can call it another lonely day

You can go your own way

Go your own way