Listen to the wind on the water Listen to the waves upon the shore Try to sleep, sleep won't come Just as I begin to fade Then I remember When the moon was full and bright I would take you in the darkness And do the tango in the night Tango... I keep the dream in my pocket Never let it fade away Inside, outside No loneliness in this dream Then I remember When the moon was full and bright I would take you in the darkness And do the tango in the night Tango...
It isn't too hard to figure out what Lindsey is singing about here - sex. As early as Lola My Love on Buckingham Nicks Lindsey has been doing it and he's been at it ever since! However, it seems that this is a little more wistful - "sleep won't come" - all he can do is remember those beautiful nights when he held her close. Of course, I think he's talking about Stevie - big surprise there! I always think that. At any rate, the second verse is heart-breaking - a dream is all he has left, he "keep[s] it in [his] pocket" because, although he's lonely, in the dream he can still be happy. Oh, and I love the guitar solo at the end!
I think this song is about a very healing encounter Lindsey had with someone. It's a song where sex is the overt subject, but emotional and spiritual healing are the underlying topics. The comfort, both physical and emotional, of this memorable encounter renews his heart and mind. After the wrenching break-up with Carol, he was left feeling very unsure of himself and lonely and wondering if he could find another "big love." With this person he experienced something that felt so loving and healing at a time when he was so hurt, that he never wants to forget this time with her. "I keep this dream in my pocket, never let it fade away."
During those long and lonely nights when he was still struggling through the lingering unhappiness over losing Carol, and trying to work with Fleetwood Mac under difficult circumstances, Lindsey can turn to this amazing memory and feel a warmth that brings him some peace of mind. If it's anyone we know, and it may not be, my money is that this song is about the first time he made love to Cheri, who eventually was his live-in love for 12 years. It's a powerful song in passion and sound that affects me deeply.
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