"Destiny Rules" as written by and Nicks....
Maybe we were together in another life
Maybe we are together in a parallel universe
Maybe our paths are not supposed to cross twice
Maybe your arms are not supposed to go around me

I hear about you now and then
I wonder where you are and how you feel
Sometimes I walk by and I look up to your balcony
Just to make sure that you were real
Just to make sure that I can still feel you

When I see you again,
As I always do
It appears to me that
Destiny rules
And the spirits are ruthless with the paths they choose
It's not being together,
It's just following the rules
No one's a fool

Six weeks in a foreign country, how the time flew
I didn't speak the language, but somehow I knew
That that would be the only time that we could be alone and foolish
We said we'd never come home

When I see you again,
As I always do
It appears to me that
Destiny rules
And the spirits are ruthless with the paths they choose
It's not being together,
It's just following the rules
No one's a fool

I like the coastal cities, I like the lights
I like the way the city blends into the ocean at night
It's like living on a working river; the coastline is glittering
Like a diamond snake in a black sky

When I see you again,
As I always do
It appears to me that
Destiny rules
And the spirits are ruthless with the paths they choose
It's not being together,
It's just following the rules
No one's a fool

Just following the rules, no one's a fool
Just following the rules, no one's a fool
Just following the rules, no one's a fool
No one's a fool


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    General CommentTo me, this song is all about Stevie Nicks and her relationship with Lindsey Buckingham. She harkens to the past with the first line, "maybe we were together in another life," suggesting that her and Lindsey's heady early days in Fleetwood Mac were almost a lifetime ago. She also acknowledges the thought some people have that she and Lindsey are still together with, "maybe we are together in a parallel universe."

    She realizes that she can't have Lindsey and she also realizes that he'll always play an important role in her life: "I hear about you now and then/I wonder where you are and how you feel." She wonders how real her connection is with Lindsey and she wants that connection to remain -- somehow: "Sometimes I walk by and I look up to your balcony/Just to make sure that you were real/Just to make sure that I can still feel you."

    In the chorus, she once again tries to make peace with the fact she can never have Lindsey and she realizes that destiny doesn't allow them to be a couple. However, destiny also doesn't allow them to stay separated from each other for very long.

    In the second verse, she could be referring to how crazy life with Fleetwood Mac is by referring to being in a foreign country and "how the time flew." The line, "I didn't speak the language, but somehow I knew" is loaded with meaning -- perhaps she realizes that some things are better left unsaid, or that some things just didn't need to be spoken, they're just understood.

    Her reference to "Illume (9/11)" is one of the intriguing elements of "Destiny Rules." This time, she's not referring in some way to the calamity at the World Trade Center. This time, it's more of a self-examination of the near-calamities in her life, a way of trying to restore some normalcy to a woman used to the crazy rock 'n' roll lifestyle.
    destinyruleson September 01, 2008   Link

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