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Sister Honey

“Sister Honey” (3:52) is Track 3 on Rock a Little (1985), Stevie Nicks’ 3rd solo album. 

During the “Sister Honey” writing sessions, Stevie drew a picture of a female figure that would become the Sister Honey portrait. “There’s a song called ‘Sister Honey’ that I wrote…with a man whose name is Les Dudek; he’s a guitar player. And he and I wrote this song called ‘Sister Honey’ and right when we were writing it, I started drawing Sister Honey. So Sister kind of came out of this song, and I did it [in my room] and even when it was dark, I would just kind of zero in on throwing color in and mushing it around, and I’d go up to the light for a while and go work on her. And she just grew and she became a person.”

1985 Sister Honey drawing

Lyrics

Sister…

Alright, baby
Alright
(Alright)
Alright, baby
Ooh, alright

Well, I think you will like Sister Honey
She will help you make up your mind
And even if you don’t need her
Tell her you need her
She needs you brother
(Sister)
She needs you brother
(Sister)

Strange fascination
Some kind of temptation
To know Sister
Never having allowed yourself
Do you understand the word pleasure
(Sister)
Well, you say it’s just never crossed your mind
(Sister)
And she believes you

Can we still be friends
The answer’s always yes
Even best intentions turn around one day
Saying

Ow, nobody’s right, baby
Oh, all the time
And a fool never knows what he’s leaving behind
So take some time to know the real story
‘Cause a soul that’s true is your ride to glory
Don’t let that golden hair get in your way, baby
(Sister)
(Sister)

Can we still be friends
The answer’s always yes
Even best intentions turn around one day
Saying

(Alright…)
(Sister)
(Sister)

Come back solemn stranger
It’s your last chance
She’s almost gone now

And she’ll go fast like a jet plane
And then fast like a star stream
She’ll hit you with a fury
Whispering the words one more time, baby
(Alright…)
One more time
(Sister)
(Sister)

And she says don’t let that golden hair
(ooh woo)
Get in your way
(ooh woo)
And she says don’t let that golden hair
(ooh woo)
Get in your way
(ooh woo)

(Sister)
(Sister)

‘Cause she’ll go fast like a jet plane
And then fast like a star stream
She’ll hit you with a fury
Whispering the words, well, one more time now
Just one more time

Well, I think you will like Sister Honey
She will help you make up your mind

(Stevie Nicks/Les Dudek) © 1985 Welsh Witch Music (BMI)

Musicians

George Black Synth bass, guitar, and background vocals
Sharon Celani Background vocals
Les Dudek Guitar
Charlie Judge Synthesizer
Michael Landau Guitar
Marilyn Martin Background vocals
Lori Nicks Background vocals
Stevie Nicks Lead vocals
Rick Nowels Synthesizer
Jamie Sheriff EMU programmer
Maria Vidal Background vocals
Waddy Wachtel Guitar

Production Credits

John Kovarek, Robert Feist, David Leonard, and Gabe Veltri Recording Engineers, Music Grinder, Village Recorders, Westlake Sunset Sound 
George Black and Rick Nowels Mixer
Rick Nowels Producers
Rick Nowels, George Black, and Charles Judge Arrangers

Release History

References

Nicks, S. (1985). [Liner notes]. In Rock a Little [CD]. Los Angeles: Modern Records.

Nicks, S. (1985). Interview.

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