"Sara" as written by and Stevie Nicks....
Wait a minute baby
Stay with me awhile
Said you'd give me light
But you never told me about the fire

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

And he was just like a great dark wing
Within the wings of a storm
I think I had met my match, he was singing
And undoing, and undoing the laces
Undoing the laces

Said Sara, you're the poet in my heart
Never change, never stop
But now it's gone
It doesn't matter what for
But 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, yeah
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
When 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


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"Sara" as written by Peter Wolf Ina (efh) Wolf

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  • +5
    General CommentI remember as a child -- only source of music was the car radio, over which I had no control. And a song would start playing, and if it grabbed me I'd concentrate so intently, trying to drink in every note above the racket of the engine knowing that it might be days, months or ever til I'd hear it again. This was one of those songs...
    shannon_r_whiteon November 26, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti just looked it up.... wow i was kinda right..
    The inspiration for the song was a combination between Sara Recor-Fleetwood who was Mick Fleetwood's then girlfriend (she later became his wife) as well as a friend of Stevie's, & Stevie's fondness for the name -- the song is in part a dedication to the spirit of an aborted child that would have been named Sara (hence the "Sara, you're the poet in my heart/Never change, never stop" & "there's a heartbeat, and it never really died" lines). I hope that helped to answer your question. Though of an intensely personal nature, it's such a beautiful song... has always been one of my favorites
    libragrl4musicon July 17, 2005   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationMy mom and I listened to the song a lot, trying to think of what the song could be, and I turned up the song really loud in my room to hear the quiet parts (I never could hear them though...)

    The "All I ever wanted to know was that you were sleeping", was that someone important to the singer, a grown up person or a baby, died and the singer wished the person hadn't. Or it was a baby that died, or people thought the person or baby would die, but he/she didn't.

    Though at the end, I was really sad and cried because it seemed like the person or baby did die.

    The "never change, never stop", I thought was the singer telling someone that they were fine the way they were, and that person was a good person, but he/she changed a lot and so the singer thought that nothing mattered anymore.

    The "drowning in the sea of love" I think is like doing anything for someone you love, or loving someone enough to die for them but for some reason "it's gone", as if no one loves or cares anymore, maybe.

    I also really thought that the "build your house" part was about a mom talking to her child, telling her/him that even when they grew up she would always be around and would come visit, not in a prying parent sort of way, but a loving, supportive way.

    My name is Sarah, and my mom told me that she always thought of me when she listened to this song, and she told me not to change. I thought that I would keep being a good person and be kind to people.

    Anyway, that's just my thoughts and interpretation on the song!
    Serasiaon June 16, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSara was my favorite [song] ~ for that kind of song. Sara was, and is, the love of my life. There are different kinds of favorites. You have your miserable favorites and your happy favorites. I can't pick just one [song].
    ~Stevie Nicks, Arizona Living Magazine, September 1983



    Dreaming...and the wind became...crazy! And he hugged me, gently.
    ~Stevie Nicks, additional ending lyrics from an unreleased, 7 minute version of Sara







    Sara was pretty much about Mick. So, he was the 'great dark wing'. And, ah, it was about everything that was going on at that particular time, too, but he was the, the reason for the, you know, the beginning of it.
    ~Stevie Nicks, MTV Fanatic, 1998
    marquiceriseon January 28, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSara [is my most personal song] It's about myself, and what all of us in Fleetwood Mac were going through at the time. The true version of that song is 16 minutes long. It's a saga with many verses people haven't heard.
    ~Stevie Nicks, Us magazine, July 1990



    [On who Sara is] Probably my alter ego, my other self.
    ~Stevie Nicks, Montreal Interview





    I wrote Sara on the piano, by myself. The original Sara was 16 minutes long. Like about nine more verses than what you hear on the record. It got edited down to 14 minutes, down to 11 minutes, down to 9 minutes, down to 7 minutes, down to 4 minutes and 40 seconds. I was to the point where I went, 'Is the word Sara even going to be left in the song?'

    I knew that Sara would be very popular because I loved writing that song. I've had more fun writing that...I remember the night I wrote it. 'I sat up with a very good friend of mine whose name is Sara, who was married to Mick Fleetwood. She likes to think it's completely about her, but it's really not completely about her. It's about me, about her, about Mick, about Fleetwood Mac. Its about all of us at that point. There's little bits about each one of us in that song and when it had all the other verses it really covered a vast bunch of people. Sara was the kind of song you could fall in love with, because I fell in love with it...
    ~Stevie Nicks, Tommy Vance show, May 1994



    [On whether the line in the song Sara, 'When you build your house, I'll come by' is about Don Henley, whom she was dating at the time?] (laughs) That is true. He did [build the house]. And I was in it before he finished it.
    ~Stevie Nicks, Us magazine, July 1990



    If I ever have a little girl I will name her Sara. It's a very special name to me. I love singing it on stage. It's the absolute delight of my night. There's so much in Sara. And it is ~ the poet in my heart, for sure.
    ~Stevie Nicks, Jim Ladd Innerview, 1979

    There were some great similarities [in the lyrics], and I never said she didn't write the words she wrote. Just don't tell me I didn't write the words I wrote. Most people think that the other party will settle out of court, but she picked the wrong songwriter. To call me a thief about my first love, my songs, that's going too far. [After a few months, the woman's lawyers finally gave up, stating] 'We believe you.'
    ~Stevie Nicks, on her lawsuit over the song Sara, Rolling Stone, 1981
    marquiceriseon January 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have been a Fleetwood Mac fan ever since my mom introduced me to her Dance album when she went to the concert with my aunt. This is one of my favorite songs from Fleetwood Mac, and I have heard about the plagerism that may/may not have went on, but I do know that when I went to the concert in Cedar Falls of July 04', they played it for the 1st time in a long while and it was awesome.
    Golddustwomanon October 05, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI do know that a fan wrote a poem about her daughter Sara and that is how Stevie came up with the song. The writer sued her, BUT she had never copyrighted the poem herself, so it was considered fair game. May not have been nice, but it was not illegal.
    rae_94on November 09, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song seems to be about a woman, Sara, who lives by her ideals even though she has grown up. The narrator of the song (this is supposed to be Stevie, I think) admires this quality about her, and does not want the disappointments that come from life, such as a relationship, to ruin this part of her personality.
    stoolhardyon January 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe reason I think this is about a woman who is grown up is the verse that says,

    "And he was just like a great dark wing
    Within the wings of a storm
    I think I had met my match, he was singing
    And undoing the laces
    Undoing the laces"

    This sounds to me like meeting a man who thinks she is the perfect match and undoing the laces - well to me that sounds like a sexual metaphor. I'm not quite sure whether Sara is supposed to be a child, grown up, or in-between, but the sexual metaphor is what made me think this is about someone coming of age.
    stoolhardyon January 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti'm not too in love with the lyrics, but i LOVE how the song is so well composed. it's incrediably beautiful and it gives me a very calming feeling..like things arent going well in my life, but it'll be okay. ..i guess like a momma's comfort :)
    spunhearton January 26, 2005   Link

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