Do you always trust your first, initial feeling? Special knowledge holds truth, bears believing I turned around And the water was closing all around Like a glove Like the love That had finally, finally found me Then I knew In the crystalline knowledge of you Drove me through the mountains Through the crystal-like and clear water fountain Drove me like a magnet To the sea To the sea To the sea, yeah How the faces of love have changed, turning the pages And I have changed, oh, but you, you remain ageless I turned around And the water was closing all around Like a glove Like the love That had finally, finally found me Then I knew In the crystalline knowledge of you Drove me through the mountains Through the crystal-like and clear water fountain Drove me like a magnet To the sea To the sea To the sea, yeah To the sea, yeah
Remade for Fleetwood Mac [The White Album] (1975)
Alternate Version Released on "Practical Magic" Soundtrack
Wow, I love this song! It is all about true love, and it has great imagery. How often do we get to hear Lindsey sing something so pure and untouched by tragedy or bitterness? (Of course, Stevie wrote it)! There is one thing mentioned that will resurface again, but as a problem: changing - for instance, Landslide. At this point, though, "you remain ageless" is meant as a compliment!
She's said that line about "you remain ageless" was written about her father. I don't really think much of the song is actually about Lindsey directly. It's a song about love, but I think it's a song about the different kinds of love she's experienced or can foresee experiencing in life.
I don't know about bitterness, but whose to say that "Crystal" wasn't partially inspired by tragedy? The only time someone can remain ageless is when they exist as a memory, when they aren't around anymore, for whatever reason. No one can ever really know what inspires an artist, but just maybe "Crystal" isn't so much about love as it's about looking to the memory of someone you once loved and using the strength you find there to help you overcome conflict. Or, perhaps, overcoming the fear of having lost someone you love - so that you can move on and love other people, but knowing that the memory of the person you loved will always be with you. Just a thought.
I dont think that being ageless has anything to do with death. I think it has to do with a snapshot in time, that one can feel in the heart. I always look at my mother as a 35 year old woman, because thats what my snapshot is (my mom is now 62). Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I think that emotions can ring from that same timespace. Stevie has many references to rivers and how they run back to the sea. I think she sees this particular natural aspect as a form of timelessness, as a form of true beauty. I think the And the water was flowing all around me like a glove lyric represents Stevies continuing ideal to see an object for its romantic view.
Crystal, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful songs ever written, much better than Landslide- but without the adulation. Its a simple declaration of loyalty and reverence that is so badly missing in todays music.
to me... its a beautiful and simply done song..and it too is ageless ...in the sense, that it sounds just as good now as it did thirty years ago.. of the versions done, the Buckingham Nicks version, the white album , and the one she did for Pratical Magic, my favorite is the white album.
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