Song Lyric Sunday — Yesterday’s Gone

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt, Jim Adams has given us the command to “hold,” “pause,” “stop,” or “wait.” I’m taking a slightly different tack and am going with the word “stop,” but in a more “move forward” way. I’m also going with Fleetwood Mac for the second week in a row. This time it’s their song, “Don’t Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow).”

“Don’t Stop” was a song by the British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac. It was written by vocalist and keyboard player Christine McVie. The song reflected Christine’s feelings after her separation from Fleetwood Mac’s bass guitarist, John McVie, after eight years of marriage. Joining Christine in the vocals was guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. The single was from the band’s megahit 1977 album Rumours. It was one of the band’s most enduring hits, peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard singles chart.

The song was originally going to be titled “Yesterday’s Gone” and the album on which it appeared was also going to be called Yesterday’s Gone. John McVie, about whom the song was written, suggested Rumours as the album’s name because it seemed like everyone in Southern California was talking about the personal drama Fleetwood Mac was going through. Apparently Christine never told John that the song was about him and he hadn’t at the time figured that out. In a magazine interview in 2015, he said, “I never put that together. I’ve been playing it for years and it wasn’t until somebody told me, ‘Chris wrote that about you.’ Oh really?”

The song actually has a positive message to it. Instead of dwelling on the past, one should think about the future and be optimistic about it. Interestingly, the song is often associated with Bill Clinton, who first used it in his successful 1992 presidential campaign. It emphasized his youth and energy as well as personal charisma. At that time when Clinton chose this song as his campaign’s theme song, Lindsey Buckingham had been away from the band since 1987 and Stevie Nicks had left in 1991. But because of Clinton’s use of the song, he was able to get the Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac back together, as Buckingham and Nicks joined John and Christine McVie and Mick Fleetwood to perform at Clinton’s inaugural gala in 1993.

Here are the lyrics to the song.

If you wake up and don’t want to smile
If it takes just a little while
Open your eyes and look at the day
You’ll see things in a different way

Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow
Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here
It’ll be, better than before
Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone

Why not think about times to come?
And not about the things that you’ve done
If your life was bad to you
Just think what tomorrow will do

Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow
Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here
It’ll be, better than before,
Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone

All I want is to see you smile
If it takes just a little while
I know you don’t believe that it’s true
I never meant any harm to you

Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow
Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here
It’ll be, better than before,
Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone

Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow
Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here
It’ll be, better than before
Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone

Ooh, don’t you look back
Ooh, don’t you look back
Ooh, don’t you look back
Ooh, don’t you look back

 

12 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Yesterday’s Gone

  1. newepicauthor October 11, 2020 / 7:57 am

    If all you want is to see me smile, well you just accomplished that by including this song today. That Lindsey Buckingham guitar rift will always make me smile, nice choice Fandango.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. John Holton October 11, 2020 / 3:28 pm

    For a minute, I thought you wre talking about “Yesterday’s Gone” by Chad and Jeremy…

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango October 11, 2020 / 10:38 pm

      That might be a good choice for November 8th, when the theme will be “days of the week.”

      Liked by 1 person

  3. leigha66 October 19, 2020 / 7:58 pm

    Interesting to learn John did not know it was about him all those years they played it. Good song choice!

    Liked by 1 person

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