Dreams

Now here you go again, you say
You want your freedom
Well who am I to keep you down
It’s only right that you should
Play the way you feel it
But listen carefully to the sound
Of your loneliness
Like a heartbeat drives you mad
In the stillness of remembering what you had
And what you lost, and what you had, and what you lost

Thunder only happens when it’s raining
Players only love you when they’re playing
Say women they will come and they will go
When the rain washes you clean, you’ll know, you’ll know

Now here I go again, I see the crystal visions
I keep my visions to myself, it’s only me
Who wants to wrap around your dreams and,
Have you any dreams you’d like to sell?
Dreams of loneliness,
Like a heartbeat, drives you mad
In the stillness of remembering, what you had,
And what you lost and what you had and what you lost

Thunder only happens when it’s raining
Players only love you when they’re playing
Women, they will come and they will go
When the rain washes you clean, you’ll know

About the Song

Stevie Nicks wrote “Dreams” during the recording of Rumours in 1976. It describes the romantic breakup of her and bandmate Lindsey Buckingham, whom she had been dating for many years.

Stevie wrote the song in what she has described as Sly Stone’s basement at The Record Plant in Los Angeles, which was actually office space that had been converted into a grand recording studio, dubbed “The Pit”.

Released on March 24, 1977, “Dreams” was the second single from Rumours, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on June 18, 1977. It became Fleetwood Mac’s first and only single in the U.S.

Also Appears On

  • Fleetwood Mac Live (1980)
  • Greatest Hits (1988)
  • 25 Years: The Chain (1992)
  • Rumours – DVD-Audio (2001)
  • Rumours – Super Audio CD (2001)
  • The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac (2002)
  • Rumours Expanded & Remastered (2004)
  • Crystal Visions: The Very Best of Stevie Nicks (Dreams feat. Stevie Nicks by Deep Dish) (2007)
  • Rumours – Deluxe Edition (2013)