"Tusk" as written by and Lindsey Buckingham....
Why don't you ask him if he's going to stay?
Why don't you ask him if he's going away?
Why don't you tell me what's going on?
Why don't you tell me who's on the phone?

Why don't you ask him what's going on?
Why don't you ask him who's the latest on his throne?
Don't say that you love me!
Just tell me that you want me!

Just say that you want me
Just tell me that you


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"Tusk" as written by Lindsey Buckingham

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  • +3
    General Commentone of the fan site's has an interpretation of the song, and here's what I got out of it.....................
    Right after Lindsey broke up with Stevie, she had an affair with Mick Fleetwood (who was still married). They didn't tell Lindsey about it, but he still knew about it. So whenever he says "why don't you ask him..." he's wondering why Mick's wife hasn't been more suspicious, and whenever he says "why don't you tell me..." he is refering to himself and stevie. The site also said that Mick used to refer to his manhood as his tusk, which if this was a way for Lindsey to get back at stevie and mick, then that meaning of the word tusk would fit well...
    sumwhatfunnyon January 30, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is pure MALE. It shows the male fears of both abandonment and mistaking sex for love. The tusk is a horn that also signifys "male". It could also be saying, I don't want emotional entanglements as they are often painful and unrequited so just let me me be the one to "do you".
    Maagson June 21, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHalf of the song is cocaine paranoia.

    The other half is an inside joke (the band had started to refer to a penis as a "tusk" after seeing a phallic-shaped elephant tusk while on tour).

    It's all set to the USC Trojan Marching Band playing in an empty Dodger Stadium. Why? Why not? Fleetwood Mac were the biggest band in the world, and they weren't going to rest on their laurels...at least Buckingham wasn't. He was going to push the envelope and see what they could do. The album itself is brilliant, but what amazes me even more is that this song, as bizarre and surreal as it is, was actually a Top 10 hit late in 1979.
    leamancon March 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song kicks ass. Yay for Lindsey Buckingham.
    euphoria00on May 11, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAt the time Tusk - as used by the male members of the band - was s slang for the male member. it is a very male song full of jealously and male lust. Quite sexual actual. When Stevie heard they were going to name the album Tusk, "Rumour" had it, she wanted to quit.
    penguinbloozon February 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm surprised nobody made the connection between "wearing horns" and having a woman cheat on you (cuckolded).
    sara134983on May 09, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, and i always remembering hearing my parents listening to Fleetwood when i was young, especially this song. its cool how in the background everyones just kinda doing there own this and the beat rocks! well anyways i think its about basically some girls man who is possibly cheating on her. but i could be wrong.
    alternativeaddict06on July 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentah i love this song a lot. i love the live verison with the USC marching band.
    poohblueskyon June 30, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song came up in discussion after i saw them when they toured in March 2004. it being one of my fave FM song, it shows what was going on in the band as it imploded around itself as relationships in the band ended and things got ugly. still an awsome song though.. powerfull.
    Fractalon April 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love it!! When rock musicians put horn arrangements in their songs, it makes them so much more awesome. And yes, the live performance with the USC marching was kick ass!!!
    ckm4everon May 10, 2004   Link

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