Published Oct 09, 2020Ahead of sharing her 24 Karat Gold live album and concert film later this month, Stevie Nicks has shared a new single.
Marking her first new solo material in six years, the Fleetwood Mac member has shared "Show Them the Way." You can hear it alongside a Cameron Crowe-directed video below, where you'll also find a note from Nicks about the song's genesis.
Nicks co-wrote "Show Them the Way" with Greg Kurstin, who also performs on the track alongside Dave Grohl, Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, and backing vocalists Sharon Celani and Lori Nicks.
Crowe writes in a statement of his own that "Show Them the Way" is "among Stevie Nicks' best, most personal songs."
"Within hours of hearing the song we were already putting together the video about her 'dream about a dream,'" he recalls. "'Show Them the Way' began as a poem, and grew into one of her strongest musical tracks. It feels like both a gift and a fever dream about hope and promise. We finished the video on the full-moon with a whole lot of passion and excitement about immediately sharing it with the world right now."
The year was 2008…I was in St Charles, Illinois. It was cold, snowing ~ and it was winter ~ February. I was there to edit a concert film. It's like making a record. You go to the studio everyday ~ come home ~ sit down with your dog ~ and turn on the tv.
It was the Democratic Primaries. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were fighting over who would be the candidate for President. I started watching the documentaries being aired from the late 50's up to the present. Mostly the fight for civil rights ~ The dreams of John Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Bobby Kennedy and John Lewis ~ and all the hidden figures that surrounded them. I was hypnotized. This went on for two months.
One night I had a dream. A dream that was so real that I was pretty sure it had happened. It was a cinematic story. It had a beginning, a middle and an end. Every detail, every color, every smile ~ was there. I started writing the story the moment my eyes opened.
I was invited to a party ~ to play piano and sing a few songs. It was a benefit. There were political people there. It felt ~ really important. I was just the piano player, the voice, part of their dream.
I wrote the poem the next day ~ and the music the day after that. I never recorded it until now. I felt that this was its time, its reason. I understood what it meant then and what it means now ~ Please God, show them the way ~ Please God, on this day. Spirits all, give them the strength. Peace can come if you really want it. I think we're just in time to save it.
I hope that this song and its words will be seen as a prayer ~ a prayer for our country ~ a prayer for our world.
I love you always,