"Fall From Grace" as written by and Stevie Nicks....
I choose to be his confidant
And to keep him from the fire
I choose to be quietly discreet
If that is his desire
I touch with gossamer wings
To be quiet around you
There is so much going on
You could easily

[Chorus]
Wake up with a stranger
It's not something you plan
One night in a world of pain
And you finally understand
Not all the king's horses, not all the king's men
Could put it back together

You say you wouldn't do this for very long
The applause from it all is so defining
Well it bounces off the wall at you
When the miracle is happening
High priestess, she's the keeper of the peace in this
Twice as much, intensified
What people will do
To get, this, high

[Chorus]

And now alone in my room
As it all begins again
Was I so wrong
Why am I always so intense
In this same place I sit
The same place as before
Well I came all the way here
Just to watch you walk out that door

I didn't ask when you shook your head
I always accepted what you said
As the truth and the truth only
Well it's not enough that you depend on me
And it's not enough that you say you love me
It's not enough to just save face
Because sometimes
You just fall from grace
Sometimes
You just fall from grace

Maybe I am calmer now
Maybe things are fine
Maybe I made the whole thing up
Maybe it isn't a lie
Maybe the reason I say these things
Is to bring you back alive
Maybe I fought this long and this hard
Just to make sure you survive
Just to make sure you survive


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"Fall From Grace" as written by Stevie Nicks

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    General CommentThis song is definetely a rocker! Especially live..Stevie really gets into this one, she's awesome as always
    BlueCrystalMirroron June 19, 2003   Link
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    General CommentStevie Nicks has said this song is about Fleetwood Mac and how crazy everything is when they tour.

    To me, the first verse is about Mick Fleetwood, not Lindsey Buckingham. She had to try to keep her affair with Fleetwood a secret because she was already in a tenuous situation working with her ex-boyfriend in a band/dysfunctional family. The last line leading to the first chorus is almost a warning, both to Fleetwood and herself: "You could easily wake up with a stranger."

    As for that first chorus, she realizes that her dalliances for a fleeting moment of gratification could all fall apart on her, hence her "one night in a world of pain." She also realizes that if her affair's found out, "not all the king's horses, not all the king's men could put it back together."

    In the second verse, she seemingly turns her eye toward Christine McVie with the line, "You say you wouldn't do this for very long," almost suggesting that Christine has a subtle longing for approval by adding, "the applause from it all is so defining."

    She references herself by saying, "high priestess, she's the keeper of the peace in this," harkening back to her comment on Fleetwood Mac's Behind The Music episode that she was the peacekeeper in the band. She also realizes that the vagaries of success are a powerful drug in themselves by singing, "what people will do to get this high."

    She again refers to herself when she realizes she's "alone in my room as it all begins again," by realizing how intense she and her emotions are, "was I so wrong, why am I always so intense." She likely refers to Buckingham's abrupt 1987 departure from Fleetwood Mac, but she could also refer to Christine McVie's 1998 retirement when she says, "well I came all the way here just to watch you walk out that door!"

    She realizes at one point that fame -- or someone -- isn't all they're cracked up to be, hence her lines, "I didn't ask when you shook your head/I always accepted what you said as the truth/And the truth only." She turns her eye back to Buckingham, now assured of her own success as a solo artist and her place in Fleetwood Mac and all but snarls, "well it's not enough that you depend on me and it's not enough that you say you love me/it's not enough to just save face." Even so, she could also be thinking from Buckingham's perspective just a little bit and almost directing that line at herself.

    "Because sometimes, you just fall from grace." Nicks realizes, as she's said before "you could be the darling one minute and you could be nobody the next." And she realizes it could be her fault or nobody's fault.

    In the final coda, Nicks seemingly saves her parting shot for the doctor who prescribed Klonopin. "Maybe I am calmer now/Maybe things are fine/Maybe I made the whole thing up/Maybe that isn't a lie." But also, maybe she needs to be in that intense place to be the kind of rock star she wants to be.

    "Maybe the reason I say these things is to bring you back alive," could be a reference to someone -- Buckingham? staging an intervention with her -- or her staging one for Fleetwood to get him to kick his drug habit. "Maybe I fought this long and this hard just to make sure you survive." To me, that's directing it at herself -- she had a long, hard fight to make sure she survived her drug addictions.
    destinyruleson September 02, 2008   Link

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