Loving you
Is it the right thing to do?
How can I ever change things
That I feel?

If I could
Baby I'd give you my world
How can I
When you won't take it from me?

You can go your own way
Go your own way
You can call it
Another lonely day
You can go your own way
Go your own way

Tell me why
Everything turned around
Packing up
Shacking up is all you wanna do

If I could
Baby I'd give you my world
Open up
Everything's waiting for you

You can go your own way
Go your own way
You can call it
Another lonely day
You can go your own way
go your own way


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  • +4
    General CommentI imagined this as a person in a relationship with/wanting someone who has low self-esteem or complains all the time. The singer is telling the one he loves that life is what they make of it.... you can either bitch and moan and "call it another lonely day," or you can go the other way and make the best of it. The singer is trying to convince her/him of this but the object of his affections won't listen or "take it from me".
    He doesn't understand why this person he is in love with won't open up or realize the great potential she/he has.
    joan_of_snarkon October 28, 2008   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThis is absolutely the most bitter, f-you break up song there is.
    The I give up, you are an effing retard song. Maybe the lyrics aren't *so* scathing but the tone in how it is sung is absolutely bitter and scathing. Yet melodic and catchy.
    And I find it hilarious that a lot of people I know just don't even have a clue about this song.
    wayupnorthon March 02, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentMy friend tells me; Lindsey wrote this pretty much out of spite for Stevie. He wanted to marry her, she wanted to be free and live for the music. Didn't want to have a kid in the middle of her musical career and what not. So, after she turned him down, she can go her own way... But he was still madly in love.

    "Shacking up is all you wanna do", she likes him, but not enough to marry. Just be with.
    IndridCold1311on September 16, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOh, god...this song is the best. Lindsey Buckingham is completely underrated....his vocal delivery on this song is as good as it gets. I guess the meaning is fairly self explanatory- the break down of a relationship (stevie plus lindsey= one of the great musical soap operas, forever recorded on these great tracks. I agree they play it up for drama now-and probably did then, too- but what great music).
    csuzanneon March 09, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningActually, most of you are right. It is about Lindsey and Stevie. Lindsey wrote most of his songs about Stevie. The dude was head over heels in love with her, I don't know if the same could be said about Stevie, but Lindsey wasn't exactly the most perfect boyfriend. They had a pretty bad past together. You guys might know about all the drug usage, abuse, etc.

    Lindsey used to do crazy stuff like sleep with his guitar. But needless to say, Stevie got tired of his antics and left him.

    Here is my interpretation of his lyrics:

    Loving you
    Isn't the right thing to do
    How can I ever change things
    That I feel
    (Lindsey thinks that loving Stevie was a bad thing, mixing personal and business, but he fell head over heels for her.)

    If I could
    Maybe I'd give you my world
    How can I
    When you won't take it from me
    (Realizing it's too late, he would have gave her his "world", meaning everything he had in him. But she's already made up her decision and is adamant to staying broken up)

    You can go your own way
    Go your own way
    You an call it
    Another lonely day
    You can go your own way
    Go your own way
    (They obviously had broken up in the past, hence "you can call it another lonely day", but this time she means it and the chorus, which has a much more higher tone to it expresses his desire to stay in the relationship and hope it comes clear to Stevie)

    Tell me why
    Everything turned around
    Packing up
    Shacking up is all you wanna do
    (At that time, Stevie was done with the coke, but Lindsey was still on drugs and Stevie wanted stability. Lindsey could not give her that)

    If I could
    Baby I'd give you my world
    Open up
    Everything's waiting for you
    (Again, he keeps repeating that line. Kind of like a guy being dumped. You get hurt, you repeat the same thing like "Baby, please come back")

    You can go your own way
    Go your own way
    You an call it
    Another lonely day
    You can go your own way
    go your own way

    (No, Stevie made up her mind and so has Lindsey)
    Outfielderon January 15, 2012   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionThere are two ways I enjoy it.

    One, it's a very rhythmic rock and roll tune with pristine percussions and guitar. For melody and tune, it's one of the best. There's the classic guitar lick that's so sorely missing in later mishmashing of banalities called rock.

    Two, this is an angry song! If I'm in a breakup with a former lover, dang, this song says it perfectly. You can go your own way!

    Combine the two, and it's singing-songwriting genius. Bravo Lindsey & Stevie for sustaining your romantic tensions! LOL
    verykenon March 06, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLindsey Buckingham wrote this as a message to Stevie Nicks. It describes their breakup, with the most obvious line being, "Packing up, shacking up is all you want to do." Stevie insisted she never shacked up with anyone when they were going out, and wanted Lindsey to take out the line. He refused.
    kmk_natashaon March 26, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentspunheart: That bullshit theory of yours is ridiculously sexist. Too bad for you your theory is also wrong.
    Heaton December 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHey IndridCold1311, thanks for hitting the nail on the head!
    This song quite pointedly speaks of a rejected proposal

    "pack'in up, shack'in up's all you want to do" It's over cause she won't marry him.

    He'd give her his all, "my world", if only she'd let take it, but she declines.
    So there's nothin left to do but go your own way. If only Lindsey knew how long that would take him to get over it...

    Who said Lindsey Buckingham never wrote her a love song. It might be delived in a bitting and angry tone but under all of that, is a man scorned by the woman he so clearly loves.
    awellwrittensongon January 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationMost people take this song as an angry breakup song. To me it's not an angry one. It's the nicest possible breakup, which in some ways hurts so much more, for much longer. Me and my girlfriend were together for 5 years and we broke up before both going separate ways at university. We don't hate each other. I know I still love her, but it relates so much to this song, saying that you can go your own way. Amazing song, brilliance
    nckkllyon December 11, 2013   Link

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