Go Your Own Way
Fleetwood Mac Lyrics


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Loving you
Isn't the right thing to do
How can I ever change things
That I feel?

If I could
Baby, I'd give you my world
How can I
When you won't take it from me?

You can go your own way
Go your own way
You can call it
Another lonely day
You can go your own way
Go your own way

Tell me why
Everything turned around
Packing up
Shacking up is all you want to do

If I could
Baby, I'd give you my world
Open up
Everything's waiting for you

You can go your own way
Go your own way
You can call it
Another lonely day
You can go your own way
Go your own way

You can go your own way
Go your own way
You can call it
Another lonely day
Another lonely day
You can go your own way
Go your own way
You can call it
Another lonely day

You can go your own way
You can call it




Another lonely day
You can go your own way

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Fleetwood Mac's song "Go Your Own Way" seem to be about a relationship that is ending or has ended due to the singer's partner not wanting the same things as the singer. The first verse establishes that loving the partner isn't the right thing to do because the singer can't change the way they feel about the relationship. The second verse expresses how the singer would give their partner their world if they could, but the partner won't accept it. The chorus repeats the title phrase "go your own way" several times, implying that the singer wants their partner to pursue their own goals and dreams, even if it means being alone. The bridge laments how everything turned around and how the partner only wants to "pack up" and "shack up" with others. The final chorus repeats the title phrase several more times.


The song's lyrics were written by the band's lead guitarist, Lindsey Buckingham, and are believed to be about his romantic relationship with the band's singer, Stevie Nicks. The two were in a turbulent relationship throughout the 1970s, and this song is thought to be Buckingham's response to Nicks breaking up with him.


Line by Line Meaning

Loving you
Despite my feelings for you, being with you is not the right decision for me.


Isn't the right thing to do
Our relationship is unhealthy and not good for either of us.


How can I ever change things
There is nothing I can do to fix our relationship and make things better.


That I feel?
Despite knowing that our relationship is not good for me, I still have strong emotions for you.


If I could
If I had the power to change our situation, I would do anything to help us.


Baby, I'd give you my world
I would give you everything I have, if only you would accept it.


When you won't take it from me?
Despite my offers to help, you refuse to accept my love and support.


You can go your own way
You are free to live your life without me and pursue your own happiness.


Go your own way
I am not going to hold you back from doing what you want with your life.


You can call it
You might see our separation as a difficult or lonely time, but it is necessary for both of us to grow individually.


Another lonely day
Being apart from each other might be a difficult and lonely time but it is for the best.


Tell me why
I am confused about how our situation turned out this way and why things are falling apart.


Everything turned around
Our relationship has changed and things are no longer the way they used to be.


Packing up
You are leaving our relationship behind and moving on with your life.


Shacking up is all you want to do
You are only interested in pursuing physical relationships and not building emotional and mental connections.


Open up
There are many opportunities waiting for you if you leave our relationship behind and pursue your own path.


Everything's waiting for you
Your life is full of opportunities and potential, waiting for you to seize them.


You can call it
You might see our separation as a difficult or lonely time, but it is necessary for both of us to grow individually.


Another lonely day
Being apart from each other might be a difficult and lonely time but it is for the best.


You can go your own way
You are free to live your life without me and pursue your own happiness.


You can go your own way
You have the power and freedom to pursue any life path you choose.


You can call it
You might see our separation as a difficult or lonely time, but it is necessary for both of us to grow individually.


Another lonely day
Being apart from each other might be a difficult and lonely time but it is for the best.


You can go your own way
You are free to live your life without me and pursue your own happiness.




Lyrics © TuneCore Inc., Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Lindsey Buckingham

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Comments from YouTube:

@TheHypernaught

Most of the songs on Rumours is Stevie and Lindsey sniping at each other and that's what makes it brilliant. Kudos to them for keeping the band together under all that pressure and creating brilliant tunes.

@insomniacbritgaming1632

the band literally stayed together because none of them were ever in the same room at the same time, the band Loathed each other

@clansome

@InsomniacBrit Gaming Everyone was breaking up then, it wasn't just Stevie and Lindsey but also Christine and John and even Mick Fleetwood was separated if I remember right. That said Stevie and Lindsey's songs AT each other were classics.

@clansome

@J Chan Can't have been nice singing his "F**k off" lyrics all the time, especially after it became a hit.

@styphlynne8253

Right? singing "And if you dont love me now you will never love me again" OMG got me through so much sh*tz

@clansome

@J Chan Extract from Rolling Stone (from Wikipedia) "Nicks later explained her feelings about the line: "I very much resented him telling the world that 'packing up, shacking up' with different men was all I wanted to do, he knew it wasn't true. It was just an angry thing that he said. Every time those words would come onstage, I wanted to go over and kill him. He knew it, so he really pushed my buttons through that. It was like, 'I'll make you suffer for leaving me.' And I did."

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@mindchime

RIP Christine. Your vocals will never die on this song.

@GunsNBudder

Christine was backup in this song. She's barely audible, if at all.

@thegreyman4920

Lindsey Buckingham sings this song...

@davanmani556

I liked Christine the best when she was singing background and playing the Hammond and Fender. I had a creep crush on her. I loved when she tuned her instruments on demos and live shows. It sounded symphonic.

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