Startling Poetry: Rhiannon

I know a lot of people won’t agree that song lyrics are poetry, but… well, this is my blog so my rules 🙂

Anyway, I’ve heard this song many times before as background music or as just snippets on the radio. Never paid much attention to it. Never paid much attention to Stevie Nicks or Fleetwood Mac, for that matter. But the other day, I really listened to it via the live performance recording below. Maybe it’s this specific recording. Maybe it just caught me on the right day or in the right frame of mind, but I really heard the haunting melody for the first time, really listened to the poetry of the lyrics.

So, here you are (though the video is one of the first live performances of the song, the lyrics below that are from a much later live version). Enjoy!

“Rhiannon” by Stevie Nicks

Lyrics – version from The Dance CD (live)

Rhiannon rings like a bell through the night
and wouldn’t you love to love her?
She rules her life like a bird in flight
and who will be her lover?
All your life you’ve never seen
a woman taken by the sky.
Well would you stay if she promised to you heaven?
Would you even try?
And he says, “Rhiannon, Don’t go.”
And he says, “Rhiannon, stay.”
And he says, “I still cry out for you.
Don’t leave me, don’t leave me.”

Rhiannon rings like a bell through the night.
And wouldn’t you love to love her?
She rules her life like a bird in flight.
And who will be her lover?
All your life you’ve never seen
a woman taken by the sky.
Well would you stay if she promised to you heaven?
Would you even try?

She is like a cat in the dark,
then baby, she is your darkness.
She rules her life like a fine skylark,
when the sky is starless.
Once in a million years a lady like her rises.
Oh no, Rhiannon, you cry, but she’s gone
Your life knows no answer, Your life knows no answer.

Rhiannon….(4*)

She rings like a bell through the night.
And wouldn’t you love to love her?
She rules her life like a bird in flight.
And who will be her lover?
All your life you’ve never seen
a woman taken by the sky.
Well would you stay if she promised to you heaven?
Would you even try? Say, would you even try?

Rhiannon….(3*)

Dreams unwind
Love’s a state of mind
Your dreams unwind
Love’s a state of mind
Your dreams unwind
And still it’s hard to find, I know.
Your dreams unwind
And still it’s a state of mind, I know
Dreams unwind
And still it’s hard to find, I know
Dreams unwind
And still it’s a state of mind, I know

Take me like the wind, child
Take me with the sky
Take me now
Take me like the wind, baby
Take me with the sky
All the same
All the same
All the same, Rhiannon
All the same
Baby, all the same
All the same

And he still cries out for her,
“Don’t leave me now.”

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