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Thatís Enough For Me


Written by Lindsey Buckingham.

Contributors to this interpretation included: Anusha, Pepper, Janet, Joanne.

Everytime that you make me smile it's the same old way it used to be
And that's enough for me
Everytime that sleep don't come it's the same old pain that used to be
And that's enough for me
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, mmm, ah, oh
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, mmm, ah, oh
Everytime that sleep don't come it's the same old pain it used to be
And that's enough for me
And that's enough for me
And that's enough for me

Clocking in at just under two minutes, "Thatís Enough For Me" heralds the coming of the 1980s, describes the loss of a relationship, and recalls the 1950s songs which inspired Lindsey Buckingham to begin his musical career. Strangely enough, Lindsey probably spent more time describing the song, in his interview in Songwriters on Songwriting, than the actual length of the song. Here are his remarks:

"Oh, yeah. I like that. Yeah. Thatís like Stray Cats meets something from outer space. Thatís a really heartfelt thing. I donít know what to say about that. Sometimes itís hard to comment on subject matter because it may have a specific reference for you and you sort of compose that over somebody elseís and it may just take away . . ."

"That must have something to do with Stevie. This was something that was done in my bathroom. I think I had just gotten the bug from the New Wave stuff that was coming over. It wasnít any particular artist but just the spirit of that, which is why Tusk came out the way it did."

"I donít know, thatís an interesting song because itís so fast. It couldnít be any faster. And itís really raucous but itís sad. That was kind of a reference to a rockabilly sensibility that had gone all wrong, kind of bubbling over with guitars."

In this sparse song, Lindsey describes the bittersweet feelings he had about continuing to work with Stevie after their break-up. While he enjoys being with her, each moment of joy reminds him of the loss he has suffered. But, he is willing to endure the pain of the loss, because the bittersweet joy is enough to sustain him through, at this point.

The song, while describing his emotions, conveys his pure enjoyment of music. In spite of the difficulties in his personal life, he is able to find happiness in creating music. Even though the topic is his loss, Lindsey creates a sound which is joyful. Or, as Lindsey says, "raucous." In fact, he uses the structures, simplicity, and speed of this song to imitate the rockabilly style of the 1950s, especially of Elvis, who was an early influence on Lindseyís musical development. The music of the 1950s has come to symbolize the simplicity of that era, and certainly for Lindsey, his childhood love of music was a time of simplicity, which had long been eclipsed by the complexities and turmoil of the fast paced life he led as a member of the musical soap opera that was Fleetwood Mac. By using the sounds and feel of the 1950s, Lindsey conveys his love of music in this song. And, like the smile and the pain, the music is enough for him to continue in a situation which reminded him daily of his pain.

Like the rest of Lindseyís contributions to the Tusk album, Thatís Enough For Me reflects Lindseyís desire to move Fleetwood Mac into the 1980s and to incorporate the new sounds of punk and new wave into his musical repertoire. It is for this aspect of the song that John Stewart, a member of the Kingston Trio, one of Lindseyís musical influences, and, later, a musical collaborator, singled Lindsey out for praise and wrote "Coming Out of Nowhere" to express his admiration of "Thatís Enough For Me":

"It's the only time I've written a song about another song. Lindsey accomplished in songwriting and in record making what I didn't think anyone was going to be able to do again. He came up with a new form. He came up with a combination of ingredients that made something entirely new . . . . I felt it would be neat to write a song telling the folks that the 80s are upon us. It has happened."

In less than two minutes of music, Lindsey Buckingham manages to recall the music of his youth, look forward to the music of his future, and express his bittersweet longing and acceptance of the end of his relationship with Stevie Nicks. Though these forces would continue to shape his career, departure, and reunion with Fleetwood Mac as well as his solo outings, Lindsey would manage the pressure by delving into his music, which always has provided him with the strength and the outlet to endure the troubles of the coming years while managing to combine his innocent love of music with a lifetime of experience to create music which is inspired and inspiring.

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