Long Distance Winner

 

Written by S. Nicks

Sunflowers and your face fascinate me You love only the tallest trees I come running down the hill But you're fast, you're the winner Long distance winner Not unlike the blue-white fire You burn brightly in spite of yourself I bring the water down to you But you're too hot to touch You're too hot to touch You love somebody Save their soul Tie them to your Heaven Erase their Hell Love the lifestyle If you feel it Don't try to change them You never will Sunflowers and your face fascinate me You go into the dusty pink day I come calling unto you But you run, you're the winner Long distance winner Oh, yeah, you're the winner Long distance winner, yeah Love somebody Save their soul Tie them to your Heaven Erase their Hell Love the lifestyle If you feel it Don't try to change them You never will Sunflowers and your face fascinate me You love only the tallest trees I come running down the hill But you're fast, you're the winner Long distance winner Oh, yeah, you're the winner Long distance winner, ah, yeah You're the winner, ah, yeah You're the winner

WEBMISTRESS speculates:

I think this song expresses a fundamental problem in Stevie and Lindsey's relationship: Lindsey's perfectionism. He's always "the winner" - he only wants the best - the "tallest trees." I think Stevie admires this quality but at the same time it's hard on her - she doesn't feel like she can live up to his standards. Perhaps she's even a little insecure - she's talked about how, at the time, she watched him become more and more of a genius every day and how that was very "gratifying" to her. Still, it probably was intimidating as well. This song hints at those conflicting feelings - it compliments and complains at the same time.

However, she seems to be willing to live with this perfectionism in order to keep the relationship going - although Lindsey is often "too hot to touch," if you love somebody, you "don't try to change them." Instead, you "love the lifestyle if you feel it," even if that lifestyle is hard to live with. At this point Stevie seems to think that maintaining their love is worth dealing with his perfectionist attitudes - so, here, she's still trying to catch up, still "running down the hill" to him.

 

BIRD IN FLIGHT speculates:

I totally agree with everything you understand about this song. I'd like to add that the "too hot to touch" part could refer to when he is mad, as he sort of seems(ed) to get at times....and she feels she can't get near him to touch him.

Also I wonder if he is a manic depressive sort....it sounds like she tries to save him and she "ties him to her heaven" which means she tries to bring all of her happiness into him but really she can't always do that because she knows one can't ever change another without some effort by the other person, but she tries to "erase" his hell (his blue moods, maybe how down he gets on himself). She can't change him so she'd better like that way of life with him (love the lifestyle).


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