Sable on Blond

The Wild Heart 1983“Sable on Blond” is track nine on The Wild Heart, following “Nothing Ever Changes” and preceding “Beauty and the Beast.”

“I wrote this when I came off the Bella Donna tour, one of the most exhilarating and beautiful experiences I’ve ever had. And I moved into my new dream house, but it was more of a nightmare because it was cold and empty. I only had my piano. There were no phones, and I was alone, freezing, with nothing. It was like going from heaven straight to tell without stopping off for a burger on the way. I was devastated. I moved into my closet with my quilt and pillows and my writing stuff. My clothes were hanging in my face, and I took my little stereo in there, and that’s where I lived. But the song really is about learning to live with Stevie; learn to be a stranger, learn to live in silence, learn not to call on everybody else to get you out of everything or make everybody else pay for what you’re going through because you’ve chosen this life. Like Arthur learned from Excalibur, you do not ever call on your most precious magic unless you are literally out of other choices.”

Musicians

Piano: Roy Bittan
Bass: Kenny Edwards
Drums: Mick Fleetwood
Guitar: Waddy Wachtel
Synthesizer: Sandy Stewart
Background vocals: Sharon Celani & Lori Perry

Produced by Jimmy Iovine. Recorded at Studio 55, Los Angeles

Lyrics

Learn to be a stranger
Blond on blond
In silence she says, “Excalibur”
I beg of you now
What was it that fell
Was it

One fallen leaf
Like the feather that it was
Was it freedom by choice
Or, baby, was it love

Was it a thorn in your side
Something that you hide
Something you don’t touch
Because it hurts too much
Ooh…

Well, have you come to see
That my face is not seen
Ooh, outside my frost covered windows
Oh, and just how deep
Do you hold that dream
In your hands each night
This time
In your hands each night
This time

Oh, was it you
I heard calling
Which voice
Well, I know that you are going
Which voice
Did I force you to remember
In the sacred name of love

Well, to be brave
Save the stranger
Sable on blond
Dark upon light
Because it hurts too much

Just how deep
Do you hold that dream
Oh, in your hands each night
In your hands each night
Oh, in your hands each night

Ooh…
What was it that fell
Ooh…
I beg of you now
What was it that fell

Well, this time I think it was you, babe
Well, this time I think that it was you, babe
Wo…
Wo…

This time
Ooh, well I think it was you, baby
This time
Ooh, well I think it was you, baby
This time
Oh, well I think it was you, baby
This time
Oh, well I think it was you, baby
This time
Oh, well I think it was you, baby

(Stevie Nicks)
© 1982 Welsh Witch Music (BMI) Admin by. Sony/ATV Songs, LLC)

Reference
Modern Records. (1983). Stevie Nicks: The Wild Heart [Press release].