"I wanna be a star...I don't wanna be a cleaning lady"

Wait a minute baby
Stay with me a while
Said you'd give me light
But you never told me about the fire

Ooh hoo...
Ooh hoo...

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...

Ooh hoo...
Hoo hoo...
Ooh hoo...

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...

Drowing in the sea of love
It's where everyone would love to drown
And now its gone
It doesn't matter what for
No sorrow for sorrow
You can have no more

Said Sara, you're the poet in my heart
Never change...never stop
But now it's gone
It doen't matter what for
But when you build your house
Oh 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 (undoing) I'm there...yeah
Ask me and (undoing) I'm there...'cause I care
(The laces....the laces)
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
If 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...

Oh, dreaming...
And the wind became...crazy
And he reached her gently
Dreaming and the wind became....crazy
And there the heartbeat...
When it never really died

Dreaming (Ooh)...never really died (Ooh why)
Would you swallow all your pride (Ooh)
Could you speak a little louder (Ooh why)
Dreaming (Ooh)...
All I ever wanted (Ooh why)
Was to know that you are(Ooh) dreaming (Ooh why)
But there's a heartbeat and it never really dies (Ooh)
Never really died (Ooh why)
No, it never really died (Ooh why)
Never really died (Ooh why)
Could you speak a little louder (Ooh)
Swallow all your pride (Ooh why)
...(Ooh why)
Never change (Ooh why)..never change (Ooh)
And the wind (Ooh why) became...
It became (Ooh why) crazy...(Ooh why)
(Ooh why) And listen for that (Ooh why) crazy wind
Because it will make you (Ooh why) dream a while
And (Ooh why) there's a heartbeat
(Smile for my darling)
Well it never really died
Dreaming...and the wind became (Ooh why)
(Smile for my Sara)
Became crazy...(Ooh why)
(Smile for my Sara).......

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    Sara 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

    Sara [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 29, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    Stevie was a "cleaning lady" before she joined FM. I believe it was her producers house that she cleaned.

    GypsyDuston April 18, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    Supposedly, the song is about an abortion.

    "Among the women he dated was Stevie Nicks, who wound up pregnant by him and had an abortion. (She sang about their unborn child on the Fleetwood Mac track Sara.)"


    walterbyrdon July 02, 2011   Link
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    My Interpretation

    The first and second verse is about one night Stevie and Mick slept together in which much to Stevie’s surprise, had the kind of sparks most only dream of having, including Stevie’s friend, Sara, whom had a crush on Mick. Because their affair was secret, the only time they could meet was at night, so Stevie would stay home and wait for Mick’s call to meet him somewhere the rest of the band wasn’t. She’s the starling who would literally fly anywhere to be with him, which were random places as he may have been married at the time as well. (When you build your house, call me home.) The bird references are throughout as she is the starling, he is the great dark wing she found comfort in and the laces he undoes are on her boots he’s taking off. The wings of the storm were Stevie and Lindsey breaking up along with Christine and John divorcing. Knowing nothing could ever come of their affair, they ended it. Mick was then free to pursue Sara and visa versa. (Said) Sara, you’re the poet in my heart is Sara and Mick proclaiming their love for each other in their eventual marriage. There’s a heartbeat and it never really died means in spite of everything, the love was still there between Stevie and Mick because it never ran it’s course and faded out, they had to end it because their band was more important. The implication is they would be together otherwise.

    Marcifyedon April 15, 2019   Link

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