Song of the Day #3,945: ‘Edge of Seventeen’ – Stevie Nicks

Our next 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee is Stevie Nicks, who has been eligible as a solo performer since 2006. This was her first nomination. Nicks is already in the Hall of Fame as a member of Fleetwood Mac, who were inducted in 1998. Nicks is the first woman inducted into the Hall of Fame twice, a feat accomplished by 22 men.

As a solo artist, Nicks has released eight studio albums, four of which went platinum and two gold. Her most successful, commercially and critically, was her 1981 solo debut, Bella Donna.

Bella Donna reached #1 on Billboard’s album charts, sold four million copies, and featured the his ‘Edge of Seventeen,’ ‘Leather and Lace,’ ‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around’ and ‘After the Glitter Fades.’ It’s a great album, less iconic than Fleetwood Mac or Rumours, but clearly a product of the same fierce talent behind some of those albums’ best songs.

As first I questioned whether Nicks’ solo output was sufficient to grant her entry in the Rock Hall, but I’ve come around on the topic. For one thing, it’s crazy that no woman has managed the two-time feat before now. Tina Turner (in alongside Ike) and Diana Ross (in with The Supremes) are the most noteworthy omissions on that front.

Also, Nicks has had a stronger solo run than I expected in terms of sales. And most of all, her status as a musical and cultural icon has lasted for decades and transcended her work with Fleetwood Mac. When my daughter is stanning Stevie Nicks because of her presence on American Horror Story in 2014, you know she’s bigger than any band.

[Chorus]
Just like the white winged dove
Sings a song
Sounds like she’s singin’
Whoo-whoo-whoo
Just like the white winged dove
Sings a song
Sounds like she’s singin’
Whoo, baby, whoo
Said, whoo

[Verse 1]
And the days go by
Like a strand in the wind
In the web that is my own
I begin again
Said to my friend, baby (everything stops)
Nothin’ else mattered
He was no more
(He was no more)
Than a baby then
Well, he seemed broken hearted
Somethin’ within him
But the moment
That I first laid
Eyes on him
All alone on the edge of seventeen

[Chorus]
Just like the white winged dove
Sings a song
Sounds like she’s singin’
Whoo, baby, whoo, whoo
Just like the white winged dove
Sings a song
Sounds like she’s singin’
Said, whoo, baby, whoo
Said, whoo

[Verse 2]
Well, I went today
Maybe I will go again
Tomorrow, yeah, yeah
Well, the music there
Well it was hauntingly familiar
When I see you doin’
What I try to do for me
With their words of a poet
And a voice from a choir
And a melody
Nothin’ else mattered

[Chorus]
Just like the white winged dove
Sings a song
Sounds like she’s singin’
Whoo, baby, whoo, whoo
Just like the white winged dove
Sings a song
Sounds like she’s singin’
Said, whoo, baby, whoo
Said, whoo

[Verse 3]
The clouds never expect it
When it rains
But the sea changes colours
But the sea
Does not change
So with the slow graceful flow
Of age
I went forth with an age old
Desire to please
On the edge of seventeen

[Chorus]
Just like the white winged dove
Sings a song
Sounds like she’s singin’
Whoo, baby, whoo, whoo
Just like the white winged dove
Sings a song
Sounds like she’s singin’
Said, whoo, baby, whoo
Said, whoo

[Verse 4]
Well then suddenly
There was no one left standing
In the hall, yeah, yeah
In a flood of tears
That no one really ever heard fall at all
When I went searchin’ for an answer
Up the stairs and down the hall
Not to find an answer
Just to hear the call
Of a nightbird singin’
(Come away)
(Come away)
(Come away)

[Chorus]
Just like the white winged dove
Sings a song
Sounds like she’s singin’
Whoo, baby, whoo, whoo
Just like the white winged dove
Sings a song
Sounds like she’s singin’
Said, whoo, baby, whoo
Said, whoo

[Bridge]
Well, I hear you (well, I hear you)
In the morning (in the morning)
And I hear you (and I hear you)
At nightfall (at nightfall)
Sometimes to be near you
Is to be unable to hear you
My love
I’m a few years older than you, my love
(I’m a few years older than you)

[Chorus]
Just like the white winged dove
Sings a song
Sounds like she’s singin’
Whoo, baby, whoo
Said, whoo
Just like the white winged dove
Sings a song
Sounds like she’s singin’
Whoo, baby, whoo
Said, whoo

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,945: ‘Edge of Seventeen’ – Stevie Nicks

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I don’t have a problem with her solo inclusion in the Rock Hall for the same reasons you have stated – most particularly because she is a legend. In terms of order of admission, though, I think both Turner, Ross and CAROL KING should have been in before Nicks.

  2. Peg says:

    I agree Dana. What is stanning?

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