Lindsey Buckingham

FLEETWOOD MAC                                                                   1977                                                                   Warner Brothers Records #8304

The lead single from the album, RUMOURS. Chart: #10. Time: 3:36.
Flip Side: "Silver Springs". Released in U.S.A , Dec. 1976.

Recorded at The Record Plant, Saulsalito, California, USA; Wally Heider Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA and Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida, USA.
Produced by Fleetwood Mac, Richard Dashut and Ken Caillat.

Wikipedia: The song was written on a vacation in Florida in a house the band rented. By this point, the members of Fleetwood Mac were not getting along very well. The band didn't hear any of these early recordings until they returned to Sausalito. ..... The song is about the complicated relationship between Buckingham and his bandmate Stevie Nicks. None of the other members knew they were writing about each other until the album was released.

On Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, it came in at #120.


   Lindsey Buckingham - lead vocals, guitar
   Stevie Nicks - backing vocals
   Christine McVie - keyboard, synthesizer
   John McVie - bass
   Mick Fleetwood - drums


"'Go Your Own Way's' rhythm was a tom-tom structure that Lindsey demoed by hitting Kleenex boxes or something. I never quite got to grips with what he wanted, so the end result was my mutated interpretation. It became a major part of the song, a completely back-to-front approach that came, I'm ashamed to say, from capitalizing on my own ineptness. There was some conflict about the 'crackin' up, shackin' up' line, which Stevie felt was unfair, but Lindsey felt strongly about. It was basically, 'On your bike, girl!'""


"I've known Stevie since I was sixteen years old. I was completely devastated when she took off. And yet I had to make hits for her. I had to do a lot of things for her that I really didn't want to do. And yet I did them. So on one level I was a complete professional in rising above that, but there was a lot of pent-up frustration and anger towards Stevie in me for many years."


"Like everything else on RUMOURS, it was very, very autobiographical. I remember writing it in a bunch of Holiday Inn's, It was at a time when both Christine and Stevie wanted to move on. It was a feeling they encouraged in one another"

"a bitch of a record to make"

"It moves along like a train building up speed, a lot of people thought the rhythms were kind of weird. I remember trying to show Mick Fleetwood a drum part for the song. But it wasn't his style, so he did it his own way. As it turned out, his was was better."

STEVIE NICKS - Rolling Stone

"I very much resented him telling the world that 'packing up, shacking up' with different men was all I wanted to do. He knew it wasn't true. It was just an angry thing that he said. Every time those words would come onstage, I wanted to go over and kill him. He knew it, so he really pushed my buttons through that. It was like, 'I'll make you suffer for leaving me.' And I did."

YOU TUBE LYRIC VIDEO YOU TUBE LIVE 1977 Loving you Isn't the right thing to do How can I ever change things That I feel If I could Maybe I'd give you my world How can I When you won't take it from me You can go your own way Go your own way You can call it Another lonely day You can go your own way Go your own way Tell me why Everything turned around Packing up Shacking up is all you wanna do If I could Baby I'd give you my world Open up Everything's waiting for you You can go your own way Go your own way You can call it Another lonely day You can go your own way Go your own way