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Never Going Back Again

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Written by Lindsey Buckingham.

Contributors to this interpretation included: Hayley, Lauren, Karen, Calamity, Ocean, Janet, Marlene, Drew, Miss Scarlett, Joanne, StephanieNicks98, Blackcat, Anusha, Steph, Ann, Ava, Stephanie M, Stacey A, and Lesley.


From the depths of the pain, heartbreak, and utter lunacy of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours comes a song that seems separated from the heartbreak and pain that laces the other songs' cores. The song "Never Going Back Again" is, at best, a statement of optimism, hope, and happiness. The song, and its simple acoustic guitar, sounds beautiful and uplifting, while the lyrics are slightly darker.

Lindsey has stated that this song was written about a woman he became involved with after his devastating breakup with Stevie Nicks, whom he was in a relationship with for almost seven years. The woman made Lindsey see, at least temporarily, that life after his breakup with Stevie could be just as fulfilling and sweet. She put "the wind back in his sail."

She broke down and let me in
Made me see where I've been

This line can be interpreted as Lindsey saying that the woman he met after Stevie, his new girlfriend, let him into her life and helped him see where his life and relationship to Stevie was. His new girlfriend allowed him and their relationship to become intimate--something maybe he felt that he couldn't experience after Stevie.

Been down one time
Been down two times
I'm never going back again.

Lindsey's making a positive statement here. His new girlfriend has truly lifted his spirits and shown him that there is life after his relationship with Stevie and that itıs possible for him to be happy without her. Lindsey knows that he's been unhappy and "down" before, knows that he'll be unhappy again, and yet is telling Stevie and himself that he's never going back to the kind of heartache he experienced at the end of their relationship. By doing this he's expressing optimism in himself and his choices.

You donıt know what it means to win
Come down and see me again

"Winning" is a common theme in many of both Lindsey's and Stevie's songs. The theme has been used in numerous songs of Stevie's, like "Long Distance Winner" from Buckingham Nicks amongst others. Also, "winners and losers" play a prominent theme in another very moving song that Lindsey wrote, "Go Insane." It seems to be very important to both of them to truly "win, " to be happy in their lives, loves, and music. Here, Lindsey feels that he is ahead, winning. He's successful musically, as well as romantically. He's viewing life as a competition, maybe, and feeling glad that he is winning.

Been down one time
Been down two times
I'm never going back again

Lindsey is reinforcing his belief that after seeing how happy he can be, he is determined never to revisit the pain heıd been experiencing.

There will always be amounts of happiness and unhappiness in life. You can deal with your feelings or you can shove them into a corner and ignore them completely. As well, you can overcome them and see the light at the end of the tunnel. You can realize that with every bit of happiness, unhappiness may follow, and with every bit of unhappiness comes just a little bit of happiness. "Never Going Back Again" was Lindsey's way of semi-healing the pain he felt over the break-up of his relationship with Stevie and his sudden success, as well as his way of realizing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Lindsey is stating in this song that even though he has experienced both happiness and unhappiness in life and will continue to do so, he feels positive and truly knows "what it means to win."

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