While my first instinct, of course, was that this song was about Lindsey, Stevie said in an interview that it was not about him. So who IS it about? I think it's about Robin. She misses her. She remembers what a good friend she was and how she could always go to Robin for advice and counsel, ask her "questions about love and about pain and about strained relationships/about fame". OK, here's the puzzler - if this is about Robin, who is "he"? Maybe the "he" is a brief mention of Lindsey as someone else who she used to confide in, but since the breakup she can't, and needs Robin even more.
She talks about how it seems like yesterday Robin was there, in the background, "invisible" (I think the "my" is speaking in Robin's voice). Robin walks in and out of her life, and Stevie is sorry that she isn't there now. Stevie wishes she could have spent more time with her, but she was always touring, from "London to Paris", always having to say goodbye to Robin (although Stevie took Robin with her on the Rumours tour, when Robin "settled down" and got married she was no longer able to do so). And now, she's in Heaven, going "up to her place." Still, Stevie misses her.
At first, I also thought it was about Lindsey, but at my last listen, I got a different meaning. I think "I Miss You" is about when Stevie goes out on the road and has to leave her family. She's close to her parents, and the line "Paris to Rome, London to Paris" is about all of her touring and never getting to spend time at home. "about fame as only he could explain it to me" I think is about her father. She seems very connected with him. "the invisible girl, that was her name" was probably about how Stevie was always traveling, no one could see her, she "walked in and out" of town to tour. This is a pretty song, and I think Stevie feels very bad about leaving her family and friends everytime she has to.
I also thought this was about Lindsey and then she said it wasn't.
Maybe she was to embarrassed to admit to missing him. Anyway last time I sat down and listened I thought she was talking about Don Henley. It was the chorus that did it for me especially, "About fame as only he could explain it to me." Because Stevie has said Don taught her about the rock and roll lifestyle.
I agree with all of you. This is my interpretation. I think she is talking to Robin, Robin is who she misses. She has so many questions, the first one is about Love and about pain, about strained relationships, that is Lindsey.
The about Fame as only he could explain it to me, that is Don.
She wants to talk to Robin about her life, about Lindsey and Don.
She also misses her laughter.
Paris to Rome, London to Paris. I am not sure exactly where Stevie was when Robin died but I know she was on the road and I think she was going back and forth to see Robin towards the end, always having to say goodbye to her, not knowing if it would be the last time she would ever see her, and she couldnt bear it.
I think she asked Lindsey to play on it because he was friends with Robin too, they were all childhood friends together. That is my take on it, I think she is talking to Robin. I absolutely love this song, it is my favorite on the album. Oops showing my age. CD I mean.
As much as I don't like to speculate on these things there are only two songs of Stevie's I have a butt load of questions about and this is one. I love this song soooo much. Sorry gang but it has to be about either Tom Petty (think about comments made about Tom re: his influence & advice for TISL,) Don Henley or maybe even Joe Walsh. It is my distinct opinion it has to be about someone else who has fame and she's had an intimate relationship with. Maybe Lindsey but I don't think so.
i agree with you in that i think she is talking about robin throughout most of the song... but i had also read somewhere, after the t.i.s.l. album was released, that she said she had written this song about someone who was a very close friend ( male) who had died while they were on the dance tour.
I have nothing to base this on other than a "feeling." For some reason I think of Rupert Hine. He seemed to be the one man/relationship in her life that she really respected his opinion and experience. She's said how he was different than other men she'd known, more worldly, mature and experienced. He strikes me as the most stable and levelheaded of her lovers. Someone she would turn to with "...so many questions..." There affair/relationship never really played out as something happened and they couldn't be together anymore (as she said). I remember an interview she did with Sheryl Crow where she said there was one man who could have dealt with her lifestyle and that she could have been happy with. Someone in the music business, but who wasn't threatened by her success and fame. Sheryl asked "Who?" and Stevie said something like, "I'll tell you later." LB? Right! Don Henley? Don't think so. Joe Walsh? Sounds like he couldn't commit to dinner much less a relationship. Mick? Again, RIGHT! Though he may have been a boring musical influence on Stevie, I always got the feeling she felt the most secure, loved and understood with Rupert Hine.
I have to say...I MISS YOU...is a pleasant surprise. It is a beautiful and lush song with a beautiful vocal by Stevie. It is delicate confessional.Stevie has already gone on record to say this song is NOT about Lindsey..that people would be surprised to know who "THE REAL" love of her life was! I think this song is about Rupert Hine.He produced OSOTM and she gave him such glowing reviews all over the liner notes. It was very personal and sudden that they "could never be together"...very mysterious. He lives in London. He is older..she said he blew her away with his honesty & wisdom. I think he was "the one"...the one that got away!
She finally met someone who was older and wiser..had money..had everything in common with..and for some reason...he told her he could not be with her.
Perhaps it is still a mystery to Stevie - "I have so many questions..." I feel the love of her life was Rupert Hine. She was connected to him in a way that only she and Rupert will truly know. "Paris to Rome..London to Paris" was her going back and forth to get to Rupert Hine.
It is kind of refreshing to know her life did not stop at Lindsey/Mick/Don. I think she wanted to grow up then and claim this relationship...but Rupert could not deal with her pending addictions to drugs at the time and he took a pass. I think her biggest regret is Rupert and not having herself together when he was right there.
"Her heart settles down...She's back on that staircase on the way up to her place."
She went home....