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's 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 You can go your own way Go your own way You can call it Another lonely day Another lonely day 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 You can call it Another lonely day You can go your own way...
Live versions appear on "Live" (1980), "The Dance" (1997), "Live in Boston" (2004) and "Live at the Bass Performance Hall" (2008)
Rough outtake version appears on the "Rumours" Reissue (2004)
This is not only a terrific song, it really makes you feel for Lindsey! He starts out with the frustrating fact that although he knows loving Stevie is destroying him, he can't help it - he can't just turn it off and "change things that [he] feel[s]". He mourns that he wants to give her so much, but he can't - she "won't take it." The chorus changes to defiance - Fine, then, "go your own way", but it'll be "a lonely day." The verse gets back to that sadness however - what went wrong? Why does she just want to "pack up and shack up"? Doesn't she want more? Lindsey is saying he could give here more - "his world, everything". Notice in this verse he changes the "maybe" to "baby" - he's not going to pretend anymore that he's blase about it. He desperately wants her to give their relationship another try.
In *Go Your Own Way* I think Lindsey is trying to figure out why Stevie left him. He says *If I could baby I'd give you my world, how can I when you won't take it from me* He still loves Stevie, but she won't take him back.
I think this was simply Lindsey at the end of his rope with trying to guess what Stevie wanted from him through all of her "mysteries" and game-playing. He wants it all up front. Either let's be together, or let's be apart. Stevie talked a lot about needing to gain some independence from Lindsey, but I think that gaining independence from Stevie was just as important to Lindsey at a certain point. What the message of this song boils down to is this: He loves her, truly wants to be with her, and is doing his best to give what he can and be what she wants, but he can't magically change to meet all the demands she's placing on him. He essentially says, "I'd give you my world", but if she can't see or appreciate that he's doing the best that he can, then maybe "loving you isn't the right thing to do."
There is a slight sadness or wistfulness in the words to this song, because Lindsey loved her and truly wanted to remain with her and hoped she'd understand the urgency of his message here. But there's also an overriding determination in this song to let her know the ball is in her court. "The decision is yours. I want you stay and we can do this together. But if you leave, don't turn back and look to me to still be there for you in all the ways you want." I hear a determination in the music and words to either make it work with her if she decides to make the commitment to him that he's wiling to make to her, or make it on his own if that's what he has to do. The guitar solo is a very strong and determined. It's a fantastic song.
Have you seen the documentries???????????????
Lindsey was a nutter!!!!!!!!!(to much charlie).....granted so was Stevie but Stevie never chased Lyndsey with a knife.Lindsey had an evil temper in those days when he was on coke but it was all different when he wasn't on it......stop givin' Stevie all the flack.Lindsey almost stabbed Stevie Nicks at the climax of an arguement......[WM says: I've never heard of this, and don't know if it's true.] it swings both ways but I think Stevie was slightly saner.
my thoughts on the song....
my uncle used to play it to me when i was 4 (brings back memories of driving down the country lanes where i live in a convertable tr6 with rumours playing real loud), when rumours first came out and i have loved it ever since....prob more now than ever cos i understand the lyrics alot more cos most people i think have listened to that tune and thought to themselves "god....that sounds familiar"(the lyrics to go your own way)".......i love micks drums towards the end of the tune as well....its in my top five tunes of all time id say.
KEVIN A. speculates:
First off I think that this is one pf the best songs ever. The thing that has always bugged me about it though is that I know that it wasnt based on facts. Yes Stevie left Lindsey and he did take it hard as did she but it wasnt like she was shacking up or anything like that. She was sick of him going to bed with his guitar. she didnt want to be second best to him so she choose to end it. He got angry and wrote the song and it killed her to hear those words. This wasnt written in the frame of a broken heart but more like revenge.
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