Stevie Nicks
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The Wild Heart @ 30: ‘It’s a shame that you wanted me, you didn’t try’

“It’s a shame that you wanted me, you didn’t try…”

(Herbert W Worthington III)
(Herbert W Worthington III)

As Side 1 of the The Wild Heart starts to wind down, the tempo starts to pick up with “Enchanted.” Showcasing tight vocals and a strong hook, “Enchanted” is similar to other spry, uptempo songs that Stevie has recorded, such as “I Don’t Want to Know” (with Fleetwood Mac, 1977), “Imperial Hotel” (1985), and “In Your Dreams” (2011). Though it was never released as a single, “Enchanted” received moderate US radio airplay, reaching No. 12 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart. It later became a staple in her concert set lists.

‘Constructive travelling’

Stevie recalls writing the lyrics to “Enchanted” quickly during a car ride to Long Island. “We wrote it last summer (1982) on the way from New York City to Quogue, on Long Island. We wrote it in a car, in the limousine. We heard the instrumental part out of the speakers, and we hooked up our KD-5, which is the savior of our singing lives. So we sang and recorded, and by the time we got there, the song was written. Constructive travelling, I call it.”

Stevie first performed “Enchanted” live on The Wild Heart tour. The song title went on to bear the name of Stevie’s 1998 box set release The Enchanted Works of Stevie Nicks, a three-disc retrospective representing her entire solo work.

Enchanted (2016 Remaster)

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Enchanted vs. Destiny

“Enchanted” is closely related to “Destiny,” another song recorded during The Wild Heart sessions. Both tracks share similar verses but use different choruses. Despite its compelling, power-ballad vocal, “Destiny” was shelved for the time being. Stevie finally recorded the song 10 years later for her fifth solo album Street Angel (1994).

Musicians

Roy Bittan: Piano
Bob Glaub: Bass
Bobbye Hall: Percussion
Russ Kunkel: Drums
Benmont Tench: Organ
Waddy Wachtel: Guitar
Sharon Celani & Lori Perry: Background vocals

Produced by Jimmy Iovine. Recorded at Record Plant, New York

Billboard charts

Mainstream Rock: 12 (July 16, 1983)

Lyrics

(1-2-3-4)

Cryin’ in the morning trying to be strong
Waitin’ for the spring to turn into the fall
Love don’t mean what it says at all
And destiny says that I’m destined to fall

Enchanted
You thought you saw something in my eyes
Enchanted
It’s a shame that you wanted me
You didn’t try

Why the sad face
Oh, darling
Was it my darkness
Shadow light
I mean to cause no trouble for you
That is the story of my life

Enchanted
You thought you saw something in my eyes
Enchanted
It’s a shame that you wanted me
You didn’t try

Enchanted
Wo, it’s just a voice through the night
Enchanted
Well, I hope you make it

You were gone
You were gone from me
When I remember someone
I remember their dreams
In those dreams that no one knows of
My destiny says that I’m destined to run

(Enchanted)
Ooh, you saw something in my eyes
Enchanted
It’s a shame that you wanted me
You didn’t try
Enchanted
Well, it’s just a voice through the night
Enchanted
Well, I hope you make it
Ooh, enchanted
Well, I hope you make it

Wo…
Wo-wo-ho
I hope you make it
Wo…
Wo-wo-wo
I hope you make it
Yay…
Yay-yay-yay
I hope you make it
Yay..
Yay-yay-yay
I hope you make it

(Stevie Nicks)
© 1982 Welsh Witch Music (BMI) / Admin. by Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI)

Stevie Nicks - Enchanted (Live In Chicago)

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NEXT: Nightbird ~ When I call will you walk gently through my shadow… >

References

Modern Records. (1983). Stevie Nicks: The Wild Heart [Press release].
Whitburn, J. (2008). Joel Whitburn presents rock tracks 1981-2008. Menomonee Falls, WI: Record Research, Inc.

For What It’s Worth (2022)

TWO ICONS ONE NIGHT

Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks

March 10, 2023
Los Angeles, CA
SoFi Stadium

April 10, 2023
Arlington, TX
AT&T Stadium

May 19, 2023
Nissan Stadium
Nashville, TN

August 5, 2023
Ohio Stadium
Columbus, OH

August 19, 2023
Arrowhead Stadium
Kansas City, MO

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2022 Tour

Stevie Nicks

Jazz Aspen Snowmass
Snowmass, CO
Labor Day 2022

Ravinia Festival
Highland Park, IL
September 8, 2022
September 10, 2022

Pine Knob Music Theatre
Clarkston, MI
September 13, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Sea Hear Now Festival
Asbury, NJ
September 17, 2022

Xfinity Center
Mansfield, MA
September 19, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Maine Savings Amphitheatre
Bangor, ME
September 22, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Sound on Sound Festival
Bridgeport, CT
September 24-25, 2022

Ohana Festival
Dana Point, CA
September 30, 2022

Hollywood Bowl
Los Angeles, CA
October 3, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

POSTPONED
Ak-Chin Pavilion

Phoenix, AZ
October 6, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

POSTPONED
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

The Woodlands, TX
October 9, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Alpharetta, GA
October 12, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Ascend Amphitheater
Nashville, TN
October 16, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Credit One Stadium
Charleston, SC
October 19, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

PNC Music Pavilion
Charlotte, NC
October 22, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Tampa, FL
October 25, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
West Palm Beach, FL
October 28, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Orion Amphitheatre
Huntsville, AL
October 31, 2022

RESCHEDULED SHOWS

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
The Woodlands, TX
November 2, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Ak-Chin Pavilion
Phoenix, AZ
November 5, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

 

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