Stevie Nicks sings about a man who has her heart and she wants him to give it back. She tries to stop loving him, but she just can’t. He makes it easy for her to love him and she can’t help it. She thinks that they will always be together forever. She knows that it will end someday but she doesn’t want to believe it. This song is about the ups and downs of a relationship in the music industry.
The song was released in 1981 and is the first single from her debut solo album Bella Donna. It was written by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, who also played guitar on it along with bassist Ron Blair and drummer Donald “Duck” Dunn, but Nicks recorded the vocals herself. It was produced by Jimmy Lovine, who was working with Petty at the time.
It was the last collaboration between Nicks and Petty before his death in October 2017. The pair performed it together at Ohana Festival in 2017 and it has since become one of their biggest hits. Their voices intertwine effortlessly, bringing an emotional depth and a sense of longing for liberation to the track.
This iconic collaboration is a timeless anthem that has left an indelible mark on music history and popular culture. Their voices are inextricably linked as they bring to life the complexities and pains of heartache. It is a testament to the genius of both artists that this track has stood the test of time and remains one of their most important works.