It’s quite common in the music industry for artist to write about their romantic relationships, the good and the band. Whether it’s about falling in love, or it’s a break up anthem it’s usually about their personal experiences. It was no different for Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham as the singer has written songs about his ex-partners.
For example, Lindsey revealed to Stereogum in 2018 that the single ‘Down on Rodeo’ from his 2006 album ‘Under the Skin,’ is a track about his relationship with the late actress Anne Heche. Even though the singer admitted they weren’t together for long, it was still a relationship that he wrote about in a track.
Here’s what the frontman explained about how he saw Heche and their relationship:
“That [Down on Rodeo] was about Anne Heche, who I was dating for about a year. I think more broadly it was just about people who spend all their time window shopping through their life. I don’t mean literally window shopping. I mean looking through the window at stuff and not going in and engaging, or keeping a distance.”
He added that there were guards up on both sides that kept them from truly opening up to one another. Lindsey expressed:
“Even relationships that you’ve had for a long time, a lot of people don’t get beyond a certain point. I mean, I could be one of them. I don’t really know, but it’s the idea of connection through the glass. It was just an analogy to being down on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and window shopping looking at all the pretty stuff.”
‘Down on Rodeo’ isn’t the only track that Lindsey wrote about a woman. The singer also wrote several songs about his relationship with his bandmate Stevie Nicks. One track that stands out is the first single off the band’s ‘Rumours’ album, ‘Go Your Own Way’ that Buckingham wrote after their breakup.
When discussing the meaning behind the song, Lindsey shared with Classic Rock in 2013 that he had a lot of feelings to overcome, he explained:
“I’ve known Stevie since I was 16 years old. I was completely devastated when she took off. 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.”
You can read Lindsey Buckingham’s 2018 interview with Stereogum here and listen to ‘Down on Rodeo’ as well as ‘Go Your Own Way’ below.