Meaning of Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac

Roman Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, who performed together as part of Fleetwood Mac, lasted about eight years. Over time, the feelings of the partners cooled, which led to parting and could not but affect their work. Broken love is dedicated to the famous song Go Your Own Way (“Go your own way”), which has become the hallmark of the legendary band.

History of the song Go Your Own Way

Lindsey wrote the composition while on vacation, which the members of Fleetwood Mac spent in a rented house on the ocean. By that time, relations had deteriorated not only among former lovers. Other members of the team also did not get along very well with each other.

Drummer Mick Fleetwood recalls:

It could hardly be called a vacation. In addition to the obvious tension that no one talked about, the atmosphere in the house was frankly bad, as if it were haunted, which did not help the situation at all … And then Lindsey performed something he had composed for the album. The material was rough, but magnificent …

Play On, 2014

The meaning of Go Your Own Way

Undoubtedly, in the words of the composition, Lindsey refers to Stevie, and Nicks herself admitted this:

Of course, the song has a message. And besides, it’s not very pleasant.

Q, 2009

She is said to have asked Buckingham to remove the line “packing up, shacking up is all you wanna do”, but the writer refused to edit the lyrics. Stevie later recalled:

I was extremely outraged that he told the whole world that all I wanted was to “drop everything and have fun” with different men. He knew it was a lie. It’s just a phrase spoken in the hearts. Every time these words were heard from the stage, I wanted to go up and kill him. He knew this and really manipulated me. As if he wanted to say: “I will make you suffer for the fact that you left me.” And I suffered.

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Mick Fleetwood also recalled this incident:

There was some controversy around the line “packing up, shaking up”, which seemed unfair to Stevie, but Lindsey was adamant. It sounded something like this: “Damn it, girl!”


The couple finally broke up during the period of studio work on Rumors. Moreover, John and Christian McVie broke up at the same time. It seemed that under such circumstances the record might not see the light at all, but the team nevertheless coped with the task.

Release and achievements

The Rumors album was scheduled for release in February 1977, but the band members insisted that the single be released in December 1976, by Christmas. It must be admitted that such a move turned out to be very successful for promoting the record. The song rose high in the charts and fueled public interest in the album. Suffice it to say that about eight hundred thousand pre-orders were made.

Go Your Own Way has been covered by many famous musicians, including The Cranberries, Jellyfish and Lissie (No. 54 on the UK Singles Chart).

Rolling Stone magazine will include the song in the list of the five hundred greatest songs of all time.

Clip Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac

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Go Your Own Way Lyrics Fleetwood Mac

Loving you
Isn’t the right thing to do
How can I ever change things
That I feel?
If I could
Maybe 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

Go Your Own Way Lyrics Fleetwood Mac

To love you –
Not the point
But how can I change
My feelings
If I could,
Maybe I would give you my world
But how to do that,
If you don’t want to take it from me

You can go your own way
Go your own way
Can you call it
Another lonely day
You can go your own way
Go your own way

Tell me why
Everything turned out like this
drop everything
And have fun – that’s all you want
If I could,
Baby I’d give you my world
open up
It’s all waiting for you

Song quote

Dreams and Go Your Own Way are what I call “twin songs”. They are the same song written by two people about the same relationship.

Mojo, 2013

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