Garbo

Garbo (2016 Remaster)

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Stevie Nicks wrote “Garbo” about the “infamous photo session for the Buckingham Nicks cover.” Despite her reluctance to pose nude on the cover, which would have shocked her parents, Stevie went along with the idea “for art, for the music.” Stevie later reflected on the awkward experience in the acoustic “Garbo,” comparing herself to female movie stars and pondering whether they had done uncomfortable things for the sake of their craft or careers…perhaps Greta Garbo?

During the 1998 Enchanted Tour, the only time that “Garbo” has been performed onstage, Stevie revealed how she spent her last $110 on a beautiful blouse to wear for the photo session, only to be asked to remove it later.

Interestingly, Stevie wrote “Greta” for Street Angel (1994), but it was about a completely different topic!

Lyrics

I love to waltz with a man in a dark linen suit
All alone at a party with someone I knew
From a time gone by turned into stone

You could be Garbo or even Marlene
You could be Marilyn
Or you could forget

I play the part but then all of us do
And I do it so well as I do it to you
In this town full of strangers
In this town full of fools
Venus doesn’t glitter when she stands next to you
When you’re waltzing through stardom
You miss what you lose

Lose yourself in a silvery dress
For you think you must do what you feel you do best
And you mustn’t give it up for you’re still but a guest

You could be Garbo or even Marlene
Or you could forget

Forget…
Forget…
Forget…
You could be Garbo…
You could forget…
You could forget…

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

Musicians

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

Reference

Nicks, S. (1998). Enchanted: The Works of Stevie Nicks.

2022 Tour

Stevie Nicks

🗹  New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
New Orleans, LA
May 7, 2022 

🗹 Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Morrison, CO
May 11, 2022

🗹  The Gorge Amphitheatre
Quincy, WA
May 14, 2022

RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
Ridgefield, WA
June 10, 2022

Shoreline Amphitheatre
Mountain View, CA
June 12, 2022

USANA Amphitheatre
Salt Lake City, UT
June 16, 2022

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
Manchester, TN
June 19, 2022

Ruoff Music Center
Noblesville, IN
June 21, 2022

Jazz Aspen Snowmass
Snowmass, CO
Labor Day 2022

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

Sea Hear Now Festival
Asbury, NJ
September 17, 2022

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

Ohana Festival
September 30, 2022
Dana Point, CA

Edge of Midnight (2020)

Beautiful People Beautiful Problems (2018)

New Release

Stevie Nicks, Stand Back 1981-2017, compilation

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