The Dance by Fleetwood Mac

1997, 1 track, 4 mins 12 sec

      Official 1
      Rhiannon (Live from Midnight Special 1976)
      Live 1
      Rhiannon (Live)
      Live 2
      Rhiannon (Live from US Festival 1982)
      Live 3
      Static Image 1
      Rhiannon (Covered by Taste of Country)
      User Cover 1
      Rhiannon (Covered by Jodi Mash)
      User Cover 2
      Rhiannon (Covered by Caroline Lisk)
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      Rhiannon (Covered by Katherine Winston)
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      Rhiannon (Covered by madape13)
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“Rhiannon” has to be one of Fleetwood Mac’s most rockin’ grooves. It is very unpredictable in the way it swings from part to part, cresting over these really awesome peaks where Stevie Nick’s wail totally gels with the bass bumping into higher, happy places, and then the energy subsides and the bass and melody is really subdued, haunting, and cool. This interesting arrangement is what keeps the song fresh, especially when it jumps into gear, as aforementioned; “All your life you've never seen, a woman taken by the wind, would you stay if she promised you heaven, will you ever win?” Thought provoking lyrics, asking the listener to approach a woman like Rhiannon with caution, for she is a wild child – a free spirit, and she just might break your heart if you can’t handle her urgency for freedom. The title character also sounds like the life of the party, the prettiest girl in the dance hall, and one who gives the most passionate love. All eyes are on her, including the man who the narrator speaks to; “Rhiannon rings like a bell through the night and, wouldn't you love to love her, takes to the sky like a bird in flight and, who will be her lover?” The Who will be her lover line is fascinating, because logic would posit that if she is such a catch, why isn’t she taken? The answer probably is that she is a man eater, impulsive with her affection, and certainly hasn’t found what she is looking for yet. We have an image of a woman who is single every weekend, playing the field just like the boys, but it would seem love may be her goal, rather than a meaningless hook up. She is definitely the type of girl who a meek man would be too intimidated to approach, but someone who he idolizes from afar. The folky funk present truly never gets old, and whenever the song switches gears in such a striking, heavy way, from verse to chorus, we listeners all whip our bodies accordingly, re-living the roller coaster ride of a song we have heard so many times already.

Written by @taylor

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Song Info



Stevie Nicks


  • Aug 19, 1997


  • 7-inch 45 RPM


  • Reprise


  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Keith Olsen


  • Rock
  • soft rock


"Rhiannon" is a song written by Stevie Nicks and originally recorded by Fleetwood Mac on their eponymous album in 1975; it was subsequently issued as a single the following year.
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