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“Sara” by Fleetwood Mac

“I’d go anywhere, anywhere, anywhere. Ask me and I’m there. Ask me and I’m there, I care.”

Drowning in the sea of love
Where everyone would love to drown
But now it’s gone
It doesn’t matter what for
When you build your house
Then call me home

Hold on
The night is coming and the starling flew for days
I’d stay home at night all the time
I’d go anywhere, anywhere, anywhere
Ask me and I’m there
Ask me and I’m there, I care

In the sea of love
Where everyone would love to drown
But now it’s gone
They say it doesn’t matter anymore
If you build your house
Then, please, call me home

Sara
You’re the poet in my heart
Never change
And don’t you ever stop
Now it’s gone,
No, it doesn’t matter anymore
When you build your house
I’ll come by

Sara
Sara

(There’s a heartbeat
And it never really died, it never, never really died)
Oh Sara,
Would you swallow all your pride
Would you speak a little louder
Singing, all I ever wanted


Q. What is the song “Sara” about?

A.“Sara” is mainly about Stevie’s three-month affair with Mick Fleetwood in 1978. The first half of the song is about their romance. The lyric “and he was just like a great dark wing within the wings of a storm” specifically refers to him.

But, like many of Stevie’s songs, “Sara” alludes to different things, such as her relationship with Eagles drummer Don Henley; the lyric “when you build your house, call me” is about Henley.

For many years, it was rumored that she had become pregnant with Henley’s child. “I believe, to the best of my knowledge, [that Nicks] became pregnant by me. And she named the kid Sara, and she had an abortion – and then wrote the song of the same name to the spirit of the aborted baby,” Henley told GQ magazine in 1991. “I was building my house at the time, and there’s a line in the song that says, ‘And when you build your house, call me.’”

Incensed by Henley’s disclosure, Stevie addressed the abortion in a 1994 radio interview. “He blew it on the fact that I had an abortion,” Stevie explained to Mary Turner in 1994. “He told a big magazine that… I would never have told that—I would never have told the world that. 92 phone calls from Don and 800 apologies later, well, that story’s out now.”

In 2014, she confirmed the pregnancy to Billboard magazine. “Had I married Don and had that baby, and had she been a girl, I would have named her Sara. But there was another woman in my life named Sara, who shortly after that became Mick’s wife, Sara Fleetwood.”

Some fans believe that the lyric “there’s a heartbeat and it never really died” refers to Stevie and Don’s unborn child. Another related song is “Goodbye Baby,” which Stevie wrote around the same time. (“Goodbye Baby” is known as “The Tower” among demo collectors.)

In 2015, Stevie confirmed in the liner notes of the Tusk reissue that the Sara referenced in the song was, indeed, her best friend Sara Fleetwood, who assisted her during the recording of the song.

“My friend Sara was there when I wrote it. She kept the coffee going and kept the cassettes coming and made sure we didn’t run out of batteries, and it was a long, long night recording that demo. She was a great songwriter helper. Sara was the poet in my heart. She likes to think it was all written about her, but it really wasn’t. She’s in there, for sure, but it’s written about a lot of other things, too.”

During this period, Stevie was also romantically linked to Eagles songwriter J.D. Souther. Further in the Tusk liner notes, she revealed the following:

“Mick was the “great dark wing within the wings of a storm,” but when I was going with Mick I was hanging out with J.D. Souther and he kept saying, ‘You do know this relationship with Mick is never going to work, don’t you?’ And I said, ‘Well, when I get out of it, I’ll let you know.” And so there’s bits and pieces of him there talking to me.”

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