"Stand Back" as written by Prince Rogers Nelson and Stevie Nicks....
No one looked, as I walked by
Just an invitation would have been just fine
Said no to him, again and again
First he took my heart, then he ran

No one knows how I feel
What I say unless you read between my lines
One man walked away from me
First he took my hand, take me home

[Chorus]
Stand back, stand back
In the middle of my room
I did not hear from you
It's alright, it's alright
To be standing in a line
(standing in a line)
I would cry

Do not turn away my friend
Like a willow I can bend
No man calls my name
No man came

So I walked on down away from you
Maybe your attention was more
Than you could do
One man did not call
He asked me for my love
And that was all

[Chorus]

So I walked on down the line
Away from you
Maybe your attention was more
Than I could do
One man, did not call
Well he asked me for my love
That was all


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"Stand Back" as written by Stevie Nicks Prince Rogers Nelson

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    General Commentanother masterpeice of stevie nicks.
    great great song
    sepronon June 30, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI always thought this song was attributed to Stevie Nicks and not Fleetwood Mac. I know that they have played this song at many Fleetwood Mac concerts though.
    stoolhardyon January 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentStand Back is a favorite because its a lot of fun, its a lot of fun and its a dancing song I mean its like even for me its like you know, hearing when it starts out, I almost feel like I 'm hearing it coming out of a club or something, so that's why its so much fun.
    ~Stevie Nicks, Radio Interview, WMGK Radio, July 1998

    I got married the day I wrote this song. We were driving to Santa Barbara and a new song by Prince came on, so we pulled over somewhere and got the tape. It just gave me an incredible idea, so I spent many hours that night writing a song about some kind of crazy argument, and it was to become one of the most important of my songs. I've been doing this song for years, Fleetwood Mac does it also, and I never get tired of it. 'Stand Back' has always been my favorite song onstage, because...when it starts, it has an energy that comes from somewhere unknown...and it seems to have no timespace. I've never quite understood this sound....but I have NEVER questioned it.

    I become a different person, and I like that, because usually I make up my OWN characters...but the lady in 'Stand Back' was not my idea. By the way, Prince did come into the studio the night I called him and told him about the song, and he played incredible synthesizer on it...and then he just walked out of my life, and I didn't see him for a long time.

    It was extraordinary...
    ~Stevie Nicks, Timespace Liner Notes, 1991

    I phoned Prince out of the blue, hummed a melody, and he listened," says Nicks of the latter hit's gestation. "I hung up, and he came over within the hour. He listened again, and I said, 'Do you hate it?' He said, 'No,' and walked over to the synthesizers that were set up, was absolutely brilliant for about twenty five minutes, and then left. He was so uncanny, so wild, he spoiled me for every band I've ever had because nobody can exactly re-create - not even with two piano players-what Prince did all by his little self.
    ~Stevie Nicks, Rock Lives, by Timothy White,1991

    I can't even really tell you what Stand Back is about. Stand Back's kinda about more than one thing. There was a lot going on when Stand Back was written so it kinda pulled together all the things that were happening so it wasn't about one thing. It was written very quickly and I really did hum along to Little Red Corvette. ...and of course, now you can go home and do it too. If you search you will be able to find it. So, it was kinda more built around that whole thing, you know? Stand Back and Dreams are my two favorite songs to perform on stage.
    ~Stevie Nicks, Jim Ladd Interview, 1998

    [On what the lyrics You'll be standing in a line mean] To be standing in a line…like a welfare line… to be standing in a line waiting to get money or something… to be standing in a line waiting… you'll be standing in a line. It was another angry song! (laughs)
    ~Stevie Nicks, Jim Ladd Interview, 1998



    Standback comes from a place unknown even to me. A hush surrounded it from the very beginning~and a feeling that it had always been was there from the first. 'Standback' lives in it's own timespace. It never belonged to me, it has always belonged to the world~and to Prince, who inspired the entire song.
    ~Stevie Nicks, Timespace Tourbook, 1991
    marquiceriseon January 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIve heard Stevie say in interviews that this song is about a bad arguement....kinda makes sense.
    HediFanon February 26, 2008   Link
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    MemoryHere's one...I went to the Whisky in Hollywood to see John Mayall and I was standing with friends waiting for a table. Stevie was there and she looked over at me and we just looked at each other for a few seconds. It was a total connection...I of course fell in love right there. She came over and walked pass me and went upstairs, I wanted to follow but one of my friends got sick and we had to drive him home, never to return that night. Every time I hear this song it reminds me of standing in a line at the Go-GO...ha!
    rob1184134on May 07, 2016   Link

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