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That's All For Everyone

Lyrics

Written by Lindsey Buckingham.

Contributors to this interpretation included: Stephanie M., Janet, Juliana, Les, Stacey A and Villavic.


"That's All For Everyone" is perhaps Lindsey Buckingham's most haunting song on Fleetwood Mac's Tusk album. It tells a story of a man who is struggling ... with his role in the band, and about his future in general. It is apparent that he wants and needs to branch out, both personally and professionally. He is feeling suffocated in a sense ... which brings about these feelings of wanting to leave Fleetwood Mac. Like many of Lindsey's songs, the music, perhaps even more so than the lyrics, convey his desperation and indecision.

That's all for everyone
That's all for me
Last call for everyone
Must be just exactly what I need

His time with Fleetwood Mac is coming to an end ... he needs to leave and do his own thing, so to speak. However, you can hear the indecision in there ... "MUST be just exactly what I need" ... like he isn't sure, but he THINKS so. His inner-struggle is very apparent.

I call for everyone
I cry for more
That's all for everyone
Must be just exactly what I need
That's all

In this verse, he conveys his frustration with the fact that the rest of the band questioned his direction with Tusk and gave him a hard time about it ... it was too "to the left" for its time ... and Lindsey seems to be asking here for the rest of the band to trust him. He wants and needs their approval ... and he doesn't seem to be getting it, so he expresses at the end of this verse once again his need to leave the band and do his own thing. That way, he won't have anyone else to answer to.

I need somewhere to go
That's all
Must be what I need
That's all
I need someone to know
Last call
Exactly what I need

In this verse, Lindsey seems to be trying to convince himself that leaving the band is the best decision ... he's reassuring himself. He needs to take all of his fresh, creative ideas somewhere else ... a place where they will not be questioned, second-guessed ... and also be appreciated. However, one also senses his struggle with the idea of letting the band down ... something he doesn't want to do.

I can't stay
I can't deceive
That's all for everyone
Must be just exactly what I need
So that's all for everyone
That's all for me
Last call for everyone
Must be just exactly what I need
That's all

Here, we see that Lindsey can no longer pretend ... he can no longer hide his feelings of wanting to leave the band. Leaving is the best thing for him. Remember, he was not always comfortable with the compromising situation that a band creates ... he wanted more freedom to use and follow his own ideas. In order to do this, he must leave the band.

I need somewhere to go
That's all
Must be what I need
That's all
I need someone to know
Last call
Exactly what I need
That's all for everyone
That's all, that's all, that's all, that's all

His repetition of the lyrics here indicates that he is still trying to convince himself that leaving the band is the best thing for him ... but once again, he is having difficulty making the decision. He may have been blowing off some steam with this song, but it is certainly an indication of his struggle with the final decision ... which thankfully, was to stay and tough it out with the band.

It is interesting that Lindsey's vocals, as well as the music, have a very dreamy, floating feel to them. He is making a very gentle statement here, as opposed to saying "I'm outta here ... .goodbye forever!" ... almost like he is playing out a fantasy in his mind. The song also has a very lonely feel to it ... which could signify his feelings of isolation and separation from the rest of the band members.

As we all know, Lindsey ended up staying with Fleetwood Mac for 8 more years ... but this song was his way of crying out for more ... almost a warning to his fellow bandmates. He was letting everyone know just how close he was to leaving the band ... in the subtle, wistful way only Lindsey can execute so perfectly.

Transcribed to HTML by Marty Adelson.

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