Thursday, December 17, 2020

"Everywhere" by Fleetwood Mac

Song#:  3350
Date:  11/28/1987
Debut:  65
Peak:  14
Weeks:  18
Genre:  Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  Featuring two Top 10 hits and another Top 20 entry, Fleetwood Mac's album Tango in the Night had already done well enough to peak at #7 and go platinum. Since its third single, "Little Lies," was a hit reaching #4 Pop and #1 AC, it was decided a fourth single was in order and this track was selected. Like "Little Lies," it was written and sung by Christine McVie. The tune proved be another excellent fit for AC radio and it topped the chart for three weeks. Over on the Pop chart, it looked like it would be another Top 10 for the band, but it stopped just short of that mark. In January of '88 while this song was making its way up the charts, the album would be certified for sales of three million.

ReduxReview:  This was another solid track from Tango in the Night and a good single. I think it was worthy of a quick dip in the Top 10, but it stopped just short. It was a no-brainer that AC would take to the track like a duck to water and indeed it got to #1. Although Lindsey Buckingham's production still had 80s touches, it was less that other tracks on Tango and that gave this song a bit of a timeless appeal. Out of all the singles from Tango, this is the one I hear most often when out and about these days.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  The accompanying video for this song featured a story that closely followed the plot of the 1906 poem "The Highwayman" written by English poet/playwright Alfred Noyes. The plot focuses on a highwayman (basically a person on horseback who robs travelers) who falls for an innkeeper's daughter. The two lovers are betrayed by the inn's stable person and a trap is set to ambush the highwayman. The daughter finds out and in her attempt to warn the highwayman she is killed. The highwayman then seeks revenge and in the process is also killed. The poem ends with the ghosts of the lovers meeting. The poem proved to be very popular and has inspired both film and song. A 1951 film by the same name used the poem for its storyline. In 1997, Canadian singer/songwriter adapted the poem into a folk song. It appeared on her album The Book of Secrets.


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