Our list looks at the Real Meanings Behind Songs On Stevie Nicks’ The Wild Heart LP. Stevie Nicks was riding high off the success of her debut album Bella Donna and Fleetwood Mac’s Mirage album when she released The Wild Heart. She could have hit the sophomore slump with this album, but she didn’t. Stevie Nicks was still recording with Fleetwood Mac when she released this project. Stevie Nicks wrote the album after the death of her best friend. She continued the same style that she used on Bella Donna with this project. Stevie Nicks had a lot of guest musicians on the album. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, David Foster, Prince, Mick Fleetwood, Toto’s Steve Lukather, Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band member Roy Bittan and conductor Paul Buckmaster.
The Wild Heart was released in June 1983. The album peaked at number five on the Hot 200 charts. The album was number five for seven consecutive weeks. The album has three singles and they all appeared in the Top 40 on the Hot 100 charts. The album features the singles “Stand Back,” “If Anyone Falls” and “Nightbird.” The Wild Heart sold over two million copies. Our list of the Meanings Behind Songs On Stevie Nicks The Wild Heart LP will feature the meanings of the songs on the album.
Real Meanings Behind The Songs On Stevie Nicks The Wild Heart LP
# 1 – Wild Heart
The first song on our list of the Meanings Behind Songs On Stevie Nicks’ The Wild Heart LP is “Wild Heart.” The song is an abstract song about having a “wild heart.” Stevie Nicks thinks everyone has a “wild heart.” The theme of the song is about the movie Wuthering Heights. The track is about the couple Heathcliff and Cathy. She thought of them as one person. Stevie Nicks wrote about them not being together or apart. She wanted to convey the power and the drama she felt during the deathbed scene in the movie. She loved all the things Heathcliff said to Cathy during the deathbed scene.
“Wild Heart” is also a dedication to her friend Robin Anderson. She wrote this song as well as the album as a dedication to her friend who died of cancer. She was heartbroken when she lost her. She lost her friend while she was recording the album. Her heart died when her friend passed away. The song has another meaning to it. The “Stand Back” singer talks about her relationship. She was in love with Lindsay Buckingham when she wrote the song so fans thought the track could have been about him as well. Stevie Nicks feels the song will get you through the terrible times you are going through. It takes you on a journey to survival and recovery. She believes everyone has a “wild heart”. She thinks it’s great that everyone has a “wild heart.”
# 2 – If Anyone Falls
The next song on our list of the Meanings Behind Songs On Stevie Nicks’ The Wild Heart LP is “If Anyone Falls.” The singer and songwriter wrote this song because she was inspired by musician, composer and record producer Waddy Wachtel. She was talking about ending one relationship and starting a good one. She didn’t care about anything else, but the person she was dating. She was crazy about him. He was the person she wanted to be. She thought he was a genuine rock and roll star who loved the Rolling Stones. Waddy Wachtel was one of the strongest people she ever met. They felt like they became one with each other and no one was going to interfere in their relationship.
They aren’t together anymore, but his spirit never left her. Stevie Nicks was in awe watching Waddy Wachtel on stage. She felt safe with him by her side. Her relationship with him was a combination of music and love. She was heartbroken that they didn’t perform together anymore. She was filled with joy at the idea that he would always be with her even though time has passed. “If anyone falls” in love, they have won the game. Waddy Wachtel is playing the guitar on the song. “If Anyone Falls” is the second single from track. It peaked at number eight on the Rock charts and number eight on the Hot 100 charts.
# 3 – Gate and Garden
“Gate and Garden” is a song about escapism. The “Leather and Lace” song is about where she goes to in order to take her mind off of things. She escapes everything by thinking about places she goes and the things she does. Stevie Nicks goes to her private world that belongs to her and no one else will go there. The diva believes that everyone should have their own secret garden where they could escape to in order to get away from what’s bothering them. The song is a metaphor for protecting your heart. She wants you to use your safe place to help you avoid having your heart broken.
Stevie Nicks talks about how it feels if someone tries to steal your safe place. She informs listeners that it’s a scary time when someone tries to take away your safe place. You put other people ahead of you and you forget about yourself. She wants you to know that your place is everywhere. You just have to find the gate and keep everything safe. She wants you to keep the gate guarded so you can protect your heart. The song was in Stevie Nicks diary until she decided to share it with the world.
# 4 – Enchanted
“Enchanted” is an intense song about a rock star who sends flowers instead of showing up for something important. She thinks that it’s typical of musicians (or anyone with money) to spend money on something and not give your time. It’s easy to buy something and not be there for the person who is hurting. Stevie Nicks talks about how it feels to be the receiver of that. The character in the song is a strong woman and dealing with someone who doesn’t want to be there for her. She wished he had the courage to stay with her, but he didn’t. She believes he enjoyed being “enchanted” by her, but that’s it. He wasn’t interested in getting to know her. He didn’t have any intention of getting to know her.
She wished the guy well, but he broke up with her. He didn’t want to stick around with her through the hurdles she faced. He tried to throw money at her so he didn’t have to be there. He was after the lustful side of their relationship and didn’t want to deal with the meaningful side of it. This has happened to the singer quite a bit in her lifetime. Men don’t try to stay in her life long enough to appreciate her and the love she would give to them. They are “enchanted” for a short period of time, but they walk away from her. They refuse to see the entire person. They only see part of her. Stevie Nicks wouldn’t disclose who she’s talking about on “Enchanted.” She has been linked to different people in music so this song could be about one of them.
# 5 – Nightbird ft. Sandy Stewart
The next song on our list of the Meanings Behind Songs On Stevie Nicks’ The Wild Heart LP is “Nightbird.” The song is a spiritual calling for people. “Nightbird” is about a myriad of things. The song is an awakening for people. She wants them to prepare for the worst things in life. She wants you to be prepared for the worst things that can happen to you. She also talks about the feeling she had when she lost her best friend. She was heartbroken when she lost her best friend. The loss was a harsh reminder that being a rock star doesn’t stop you from being hurt. You feel the same pain as everyone else.
Stevie Nicks wants the song to inspire people. She talks about the reality of death. She talks about how having money doesn’t stop you from pain. Having everything you want will not stop you from losing someone you love. The singer and songwriter wanted to dedicate “Nightbird” to Robin Anderson. She wanted to inspire people to do research that will help save your life. Stevie Nicks and Sandy Stewart hoped they inspired people to want to do better with this song. She would love for someone to find a cure to beat deadly diseases. “Nightbird” is an extension of “Edge of Seventeen.” Some of the lyrics are featured in this song. Both songs are about losing someone you love. “Nightbird” was the third single from the album. The single peaked at number 33 on the Hot 100 charts and number 32 on the Rock charts.
# 6 – Stand Back
“Stand Back” is about a woman who wanted to marry the love of her life. He wanted to get married to her, but she turned him down. He was devastated by that. He walked away from her. Stevie Nicks waned him to come back, but he didn’t do it. When she was ready to get married he didn’t’ want to be married to her anymore. She was heartbroken because she always thought they would be together forever. The singer didn’t like how he wasn’t there for her when she lost her friend. She expected him to comfort her, but he abandoned her. She warned him that he would be standing in a line behind the other men who wanted to be with her.
Stevie Nicks wanted this song to be about empowerment too. She wanted the guy who lost his chance with her to know that she’s moved on with her life. She was with a new man and he had to wait his turn the same way everyone else did. He didn’t like the idea of her being with other men, but he had to live with it. This song is possibly about Lindsay Buckingham because they were together when her friend Robin Anderson died. She wrote lyrics about someone who wasn’t there for her during a devastating loss. Stevie Nicks married another man even though she wanted to be married to him.
The singer and songwriter heard Prince’s song “Little Red Corvette” while she was in the car with her husband. She loved the track and started humming along with him. She decided she wanted to use this song to help her create “Stand Back.” Stevie Nicks told Prince about the song, and she wanted to use it for her track. Prince showed up at the studio and played on the track. She was surprised that he wanted to be part of the song. The diva credits Prince for the song being a hit. “Stand Back” is the first single from the album. It peaked at number five on the Hot 100 charts and number two on the Rock charts.
# 7 – I Will Run To You ft. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
“I Will Run to You” is a reflective song about a relationship. They believe if you are in love with each other, you should tell each other how you feel. It is better to confess to your feelings than to keep them bottled up. They are determined to be with each other. They are willing to follow the other wherever they want to go. They want the other to make up their mind so they can be together. They express how lonely they have been without the other. They aren’t ready to confess how they feel about each other even though they enjoy the time they spend with each other.
Tom Petty wrote this track for Stevie Nicks. She was pleasantly surprised that he wrote the track for her because he didn’t have to do it and she didn’t ask him to write it for her. He wanted to write something nice for her and he did just that. They enjoyed recording songs together so it made sense that they sang this track together. They have a deep relationship with each other. Stevie Nicks didn’t like to have relationships with male singers, but their relationship was perfect. She enjoyed his songwriting style. The song peaked at number 35 on the Hot 100 charts.
# 8 – Nothing Ever Changes
“Nothing Ever Changes” is about a woman putting a man on notice for his choices. She lets him know that she drives him crazy even though they aren’t together anymore. She advises him to look at his life and he’ll realize that nothing changes. She said she could make him come alive again. He blames her for what he’s going through even though they aren’t together anymore. She advises him to come back to her since he can’t seem to get over her. She said she could make him feel alive again. The singer insists that she’s gone, but she’s still with him. He will never get over her.
This track is basically about a woman who knows that a man is unhappy without her. She knows that he’s miserable and going crazy because she’s not around anymore. She’s willing to take him back if he comes back to her. This song was supposed to be the answer Lindsay Buckingham’s single “Go Insane.” In the song, he blames her for why he went through personal demons. She believes he did it to himself. He keeps repeating the same patterns and expecting different results. She reminds him that she’s never far from his mind even though they broke up. She is his inspiration and is the reason why he can write angry songs. She wants him to deal with their relationship. If he doesn’t come back, nothing can be saved.
# 9 – Sable on Blond
“Sable on Blond” is about the end of a relationship. She dealt with a breakup and moved into her dream house. She should have been happy about it, but she wasn’t. She was miserable because she was alone. She had to learn to live with herself. The dream house was a nightmare for the singer. The singer had to learn how to live in silence. She realized that she couldn’t make everyone pay for the mistakes she made because she only has herself to blame. She was the one who decided to live this life. Stevie Nicks was glad that her ex couldn’t see her alone at her dream house.
Stevie Nicks wanted “Sable on Blond” to be similar to Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams.” The track describes how she felt when she moved into her dream house. She wasn’t happy because she lost the man of her dreams. The song could be about producer Jimmy Iovine. The title is a combination of her hair and her ex-boyfriend’s hair color. The track is about their relationship ending. They didn’t break up, but they weren’t living in the same house. They were going through the motions. She would fantasize about her ex-boyfriend driving by her house. She realized she had to be dreaming because there was no way he could drive by and see her in her house.
# 10 – Beauty and the Beast
The last song on our list of the Meanings Behind Songs On Stevie Nicks’ The Wild Heart LP is “Beauty and the Beast.” This song is not to be confused with Peabo Bryson and Celine Dion’s version of the song. The song is about people who are considered beauties or beasts. The song is based on the 1946 Jean Cocteau version of Beauty and the Beast. She saw the movie on TV when she was with Mick Fleetwood. Stevie Nicks said in interviews that the song is about Mick Fleetwood. She compared him to “beauty and the beast.” She thought he was similar to the beast. Stevie Nicks thought that her relationship with Mick Fleetwood was similar to the movie. Stevie Nicks thought the plot matched their fairytale romance.
The ”Bella Donna” singer realized their relationship couldn’t work because he was married and divorced. It also didn’t work because they were in Fleetwood Mac together. Lindsey Buckingham couldn’t handle them being together and in the group. Mick Fleetwood talked to Lindsey Buckingham about them being together and they broke up. The song is important to Stevie Nicks. It gives details about what she was going through at the time she wrote this track. The song talks about her life and that everyone is kind or cruel. She discovered who the beauty and beast were in the song. She didn’t disclose who was who, but she does know the answer.
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