Music: Edge of Seventeen by Stevie Nicks

MUSIC is a segment that features a song that’s caught my brain. Some new to me, some known to me, all brilliant.

“Edge of Seventeen” came blaring through the car radio over the weekend while I navigated the roads like some kind of modern Mad Max; people desperate to alleviate their quarantine boredom by driving and it shows.

When not otherwise compensating for the poor decisions of others, “Edge of Seventeen” took me back to karaoke nights with the girls. The fierceness of a female trio in heels, good vodka and an open mic. A sigh and huzzah! for a social life past.

“Edge of Seventeen” has an interesting history, largergly centering around the concepts of death and spirit as Nicks witnessed the passing of an uncle. The name of the song also has an origin story, an accidental inspiration born of a southern accent when Nicks misunderstood Jane Benyo’s (Tom Petty’s wife) use of the word “age” for “edge.” Thank goodness for heavy southern accents. As a title, “Edge of Seventeen” sets the stage for the intensity of sound that follows.

Lyrics, Edge of Seventeen by Stevie Nicks. Album, Bella Donna.

[Chorus]
Just like the white winged dove
Sings a song
Sounds like she’s singin’
Whoo-whoo-whoo
Just like the white winged dove
Sings a song
Sounds like she’s singin’
Whoo, baby, whoo
Said, whoo

[Verse 1]
And the days go by
Like a strand in the wind
In the web that is my own
I begin again
Said to my friend, baby (everything stops)
Nothin’ else mattered
He was no more
(He was no more)
Than a baby then
Well, he seemed broken hearted
Somethin’ within him
But the moment
That I first laid
Eyes on him
All alone on the edge of seventeen

[Chorus]
Just like the white winged dove
Sings a song
Sounds like she’s singin’
Whoo, baby, whoo, whoo
Just like the white winged dove
Sings a song
Sounds like she’s singin’
Said, whoo, baby, whoo
Said, whoo

[Verse 2]
Well, I went today
Maybe I will go again
Tomorrow, yeah, yeah
Well, the music there
Well it was hauntingly familiar
When I see you doin’
What I try to do for me
With their words of a poet
And a voice from a choir
And a melody
Nothin’ else mattered

[Chorus]
Just like the white winged dove
Sings a song
Sounds like she’s singin’
Whoo, baby, whoo, whoo
Just like the white winged dove
Sings a song
Sounds like she’s singin’
Said, whoo, baby, whoo
Said, whoo

[Verse 3]
The clouds never expect it
When it rains
But the sea changes colours
But the sea
Does not change
So with the slow graceful flow
Of age
I went forth with an age old
Desire to please
On the edge of seventeen

[Chorus]
Just like the white winged dove
Sings a song
Sounds like she’s singin’
Whoo, baby, whoo, whoo
Just like the white winged dove
Sings a song
Sounds like she’s singin’
Said, whoo, baby, whoo
Said, whoo

[Verse 4]
Well then suddenly
There was no one left standing
In the hall, yeah, yeah
In a flood of tears
That no one really ever heard fall at all
When I went searchin’ for an answer
Up the stairs and down the hall
Not to find an answer
Just to hear the call
Of a nightbird singin’
(Come away)
(Come away)
(Come away)

[Chorus]
Just like the white winged dove
Sings a song
Sounds like she’s singin’
Whoo, baby, whoo, whoo
Just like the white winged dove
Sings a song
Sounds like she’s singin’
Said, whoo, baby, whoo
Said, whoo

[Bridge]
Well, I hear you (well, I hear you)
In the morning (in the morning)
And I hear you (and I hear you)
At nightfall (at nightfall)
Sometimes to be near you
Is to be unable to hear you
My love
I’m a few years older than you, my love
(I’m a few years older than you)

[Chorus]
Just like the white winged dove
Sings a song
Sounds like she’s singin’
Whoo, baby, whoo
Said, whoo
Just like the white winged dove
Sings a song
Sounds like she’s singin’
Whoo, baby, whoo
Said, whoo