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Stevie Nicks: Edge of Seventeen Meaning

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Song Released: 1982


Edge of Seventeen Lyrics

Just like the white winged dove...
Sings a song...
Sounds like shes singing...
Whoo... whoo... whoo...
Just like the white winged dove...
Sings a song...
Sounds like shes singing...
Ooo baby... ooo... said ooo

And the days go...

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    anonymous
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    May 6th, 5:07pm report


    I think she is singing about JANIS JOPLIN,collapsing on stage ,Stevie was 17 when she saw her. Just like the white winged dove 'sings a song ,sounds like shes singing' it to me.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 17th, 2013 4:39pm report


    well at the part when shes talking about the clouds not expecting the rain, she talks about how death is rain and we are the clouds not expecting it. so yeah :):)



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    anonymous
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    Mar 25th, 2013 3:27pm report


    Regarding the "only problem" being that Stevie "was 32 when Lennon was killed" -
    Stevie would have been "on the Edge of 17" when she would have seen him (as literally - *literally* - everyone did) on Ed Sullivan. That was *huge.* You have *no* idea just how huge unless you lived during or at least around that time. It was just as big as when they killed Kennedy.
    Think about it.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 2nd, 2013 2:12pm report


    Stevie has already been open about the inspiration of the song (the deaths of her uncle & John Lennon; with the disconnected title rooted in an unrelated and misheard conversation with Tom Petty's ex-wife).

    But putting that knowledge aside and interpreting the words on their own (including the title), the song strikes me as a stunning piece of poetry about the collision of youth and death. Having dealt with a dying loved one, and taken daily walks down seemingly endless hospital corridors, I get a chill every time I hear the part about a flood of tears and searching through hallways for an answer that never comes......



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    overstand
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    Jun 12th, 2012 6:49am report


    I'm not a rock listener but loved this song she's not singing about Lennon or Tommy I've done a lot of research to this song u males are really wrong she is singing about a women's experience losing her virginity to a dog ass male( which most do)the sea changing colors...the flow... looking for him...he bailed the hurt...white wing dove purity listen to what she is saying edge of seventeen becoming a grown up or least women think when doing this. The song she is singing to u ooh, ooh, ooh that's why bloggers don't get any



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    anonymous
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    Mar 24th, 2010 3:45am report


    Great songs allow yourself to correlate them into your life. That's the whole point of music... To get your heart n spirit into a rhythm of emotions and memories. Stevie is very good at doing just that. If you look upon the history of rock n roll, there are artist such as herself, John Lennon and Paul McCartney that have a natural sense to place words, rhythm and harmony into our bio-rhythm. Me... I found it interesting to discover her reasoning behind that song. The beauty of that song is that it inspires one to search for their own meaning. Way to go Stevie... How on earth did you have such forward thoughts, so early in your life? I'll forever by your fan!



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    anonymous
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    Feb 3rd, 2010 2:34pm report


    A MILF wanting to please a 17 year old virgin boy.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 22nd, 2007 11:01am report


    The line 'the sea changes color but the sea does not change' is reputedly a nod to her more esoteric interests -- she doesn't have a reputation as a 'white witch' for no reason, or so I've heard a few people say. The 'sea' line is said to be in reference to a kind of 'initiation' or change in perspective. The line 'crystal visions' in the song 'dreams' is related too, apparently. It's supposedly a cocaine reference, and drugs are associated with visions and mystical initiation and what have you, but the primary underlying theme in a lot of her lyrics ties in with her subtle 'white witch' persona -- or reality.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 12th, 2007 2:30pm report


    Actually you are partially right. The song was written about John Lennon's death. It was also written about her Uncle John's death. They both died around the same time. The line in the song that goes: "I went searching for an answer up that stairs and down the hall. I did not find an answer but I did hear the call of a nightbird." comes from when she and her brother were alone with her Uncle John in the hospital and he died. She did go searching for an answer down the hall. The song is about a few different things as many of her songs are. It's a very personal song for me because I never had a clue what she was talking about until my younger brother died at 23 of cancer and I did go down the hall as she did searching for an answer that I could not find. I listened to the song about a week later and when that line came up I started to cry. I looked up the meaning on her website and was blown away.



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    chicken
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    Jul 15th, 2006 7:52pm report


    Yeah, you are right sorry I should've been more specific because upon further research I've discovered it was partially about Lennon dying and it crushing Lindsey who was really close to him. The term 'edge of seventeen' came from a conversation with Tom Petty's wife in which she misheard her saying "age of seventeen" refering to when they met. Stevie liked the sound of that and wrote a song about it. Stevie met Lindsey at a party when they were around seventeen. So the song is about death and spirits. So yes she wasn't seventeen when Lennon died but the song still relates to his death...just not that line. Thanks for the comment!



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    anonymous
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    Jul 15th, 2006 7:06pm report


    Chicken: The only problem, Stevie Nicks was 32 when Lennon was killed.



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    chicken
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    Jul 11th, 2006 7:42pm report


    This song was written about when Stevie was seventeen and she heard that John Lennon had been shot and she was really upset about it. When she went home to Arizona she found out about the 'white winged dove'. That's a background about how it came about but there's more to it. Her uncle was on his death bed and while Stevie and her brother were at his bed side he started to have problems and they both ran around trying to find someone to help but couldn't find anyone. He died while they were the only ones there. It's actually a very powerful and moving song if you listen to it.

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