January 14.2014 – The Story Behind “Landslide” by the Dixie Chicks

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The song “Landslide” is written by Stevie Nicks and performed by Fleetwood Mac. It was first featured on the band’s 1975 eponymous album Fleetwood Mac. Along with “Rhiannon”, it would be Nicks’s first original contribution to the band upon joining. A live version was released as a single 23 years later from the live reunion album The Dance.

Stevie Nicks has said that she wrote this song while she was contemplating going back to school or continuing on professionally with guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. Their album Buckingham Nicks had been dropped by Polydor Records and she and Buckingham were not getting along. She wrote the song while visiting Aspen, Colorado, sitting in someone’s living room “looking out at the Rocky Mountains pondering the avalanche of everything that had come crashing down on us … at that moment, my life truly felt like a landslide in many ways”.

The Dixie Chicks then covered “Landslide” on their 2002 album Home. This rendition, featuring the group’s trademark two- and three-part harmonies reached the Top 10 of both the pop (number 7) and country charts (number 2) as well as several other charts. It became the Dixie Chicks’ only number 1 single (to date) on the adult contemporary chart. Lead singer Natalie Maines said she was attracted, in part, to the song because she was then the same age that Nicks was when she initially performed it.

LYRICS:
I took my love and I took it down
I climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well the landslide brought me down

Oh, mirror in the sky
What is love
Can the child within my heart rise above
Can I sail thru the changing ocean tides
Can I handle the seasons of my life

Well, I’ve been afraid of changing ’cause I built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Children get older
I’m getting older too
Well…

Well, I’ve been afraid of changing ’cause I built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Children get older
I’m getting older, too
Well I’m getting older too

So, take this love and take it down
Year and if you climb a mountain and ya turn around
And if you see my reflection in the snow-covered hills
Well the landslide brought me down
And if you see my reflection in the snow-covered hills
Well maybe
Well maybe
Well maybe the landslide will bring you down

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