“’Cause I feel that when I’m with you,
It’s alright, I know it’s right.
And the songbirds are singing,
Like they know the score,
And I love you, I love you, I love you,
Like never before.”
“Songbird,” which is known to be a part of Fleetwood Mac’s defining album, Rumours, was first released as a B-side of the single “Dreams.” Straying away from the heavier rock tunes on this album, “Songbird,” written by Christine McVie, consists of only her vocals, which are accompanied by her piano and some acoustic guitar played by Lindsey Buckingham. This song was Christine McVie’s solo song on the album, which successfully showcased her individual talents apart from the rest of the group.This emotional ballad captures McVie’s sacrifice of true love through her touching lyrics that glide along her melody and beautiful piano playing. According to McVie, “Songbird” is the song that held the band together during the troubling times they were facing while recording Rumours. Though Fleetwood Mac struggled with issues like drugs, divorce, and departure due to religious devotion, “Songbird” reminded them of the love they had all once shared, and may perhaps be the reason they were able to eventually complete Rumours and release it.
When listening to this song for the first time, it was easy to immediately feel the incredible amount of emotion that McVie has put into the tune. There is just something about acoustic song – bringing it back to the very basics – that plucks at my heartstrings in ways that songs with lots of instruments and overproduction do not. “Songbird” is love, heartbreak and sacrifice in its rawest form – sung through soulful lyrics in front of a piano.
This song is only one of many incredible tunes that make Rumours the phenomenon it has become, and is definitely worth listening to. The full track can be found here: