"Illume (9-11)" as written by and Nicks....
Illume says the candle that I burn
A reflection in the window
All the way to Point Dume
Illume-like it dances
I am a cliff dweller
From the old school

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

I am alone now
With my thoughts
Oh how we could make it
Of how we could get out
What we've been through
All of the trauma
The smell of Nag Champa
Shadow of a stranger

I will not take you for granted
I wouldn't trade it for jade
Or for diamonds
Not for a minute
Not for anything
I need you to be there
Just remember when I am haunted
That I was just scared

I am alone now
What I saw on this journey
I saw history go down
I cannot pretend
That the heartache falls away
It's just like a river
Oh, it's never ending
I cannot pretend
That the heartache falls away

Because I
It's just like a river
It's never ending
It's just like a river
It's never ending

I am alone now
What I saw on this journey
I am alone now
What I saw on this journey


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    General CommentOne of my favorite songs on the record is called Illume. I wrote it about what happened on 9-11.
    ~Stevie Nicks, Ask Stevie, nicksfix.com, 2003

    Illume is a very interesting song actually. I wrote it after September 11th, you know, so it was one of the first I wrote after those tragedies. It’s just about making it, you know. I was sitting there, thinking about those horrible tragedies in October of 2001, and I was sitting there with just me in the room, and the candle was lit. I love candles, you know. And my heart was still so heavy from everything, and I didn’t know quite what would happen, and we were all like that, confused.

    I didn’t set out to write a September 11th song, it just happened. It goes “Illume, says the candle that I burn, a reflection in the window,” and that’s just about the inspiration for the song. And I tell you, my heart was so very heavy and full at this time, I was so confused. And then there are some other parts…( Pause)

    “And I am alone with my thoughts, And how we could make it – And what we have been through, all of the trauma.” I also wrote one called “Get Back on the Plane,” and a song called “The Towers Touched the Sky,” but it was just too depressing.
    ~Stevie Nicks, Queen of Rock Interview, 2003

    I was in New York on 9/11 during my tour. I've never been a political person, but suddenly I felt like I was in the middle of history. We were at the Waldorf with all these foreign diplomats. It was very scary. I watched people jumping (from the twin towers) on a Mexican TV channel. We put wet towels in the windows to keep out the burning iron smell. Illume is a poem about 9/11 and about getting through it and getting back home.

    Part of me wanted to pack my bags and cancel the tour. But my parents and friends like Tom Petty and Don Henley kept saying, 'People paid to see your show, and if they're willing to go out in this frightening world, don't you dare come home.' It was hard to walk on stage and not burst into tears. I was almost hysterical. All my songs suddenly seemed to be about 9/11.
    ~Stevie Nicks, USA Today, April 28, 2003

    Thursday Night
    Back at the beach

    Illume
    Says the candle that I burn
    A reflection in the window
    All the way to point Dune
    A cliff dweller from the old school-

    I like the coastal cities
    I like the lights
    I like the way the ocean blends
    Into the city at night
    Like living on a working river
    The coastline is glittering-
    Like a diamond snake-
    In a black sky

    And I am alone with my thoughts
    And how we could make it-
    And what we have all been through
    And all of the trauma-
    With the smell of Nag Champa
    Like a kiss- like a stranger-
    What we have seen on this journey
    Are what legends are made of-

    I will not take you for granted
    My friend, my dear one, my love-
    I wouldn’t trade you for jade…
    Or for diamonds~
    I need you to be there~
    Please~
    Remember when I am haunted
    That I was just scared-
    And when I remember
    That day in my life-
    I will remember that you-
    Were there-

    Stevie Nicks
    Oct. 11th, 2001
    ~Stevie Nicks, Online Journal, nicksfix.com, 2001
    marquiceriseon January 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI would like to add that there is a misspelling on these lyrics, it is Nag Champa not Champra. Nag Champa is a popular incense brand made of from Indian sandalwood. The scattered and the slow panic of this song is an excellent account of what Americans went through. Mick really makes this song with the percussion.
    sarabuckinghamon March 26, 2009   Link

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