Fleetwood Mac: Sara Meaning
Song Released: 1979
Stay with me awhile
Said you’d give me light
But you never told be about the fire
Drowning in the sea of love
Where everyone would love to drown
But now it’s gone
It doesn't matter what for
When you build your...
This is a very personal song for Stevie. It is about a combination of things going on in her life, including the band, her friend Sara Recor and her relationship with Mick Fleetwood, but she considers "Sara" to be her alter-ego and her muse - the "Poet in her heart." Don Henley has said that he believes this is about an abortion Nicks had after he got her pregnant. They dated for about 2 years, and Henley thinks it is a tribute to the unborn child.
anonymous Oct 10th, 2018 10:43am report
anonymous Apr 3rd, 2018 4:08pm report
My interpretation of the song is that at which is very clear. I personally believe that Stevie carried the child unlike many believe and instead of aborating the child like many suspect that she in fact gave the child up for adoption fearing that her lifestyle would not be suited for her little girl at which to her is an will always be her sarah(princess)at the end of the song she is speaking to her child that at which she knows without a doubt would recognize it by her words " you never really died" I do not feel there are many who are actually aware of this including Henley himself and believe that she lives with the fear of hurting all of them with the truth and has for many years and instead keeps it inside hoping that one day her little girl will call and be understanding to her decisions.She has never actually stated that an abortion occurred and media interpretation I believe has in fact been wrong the whole time. But maybe just maybe her little girl is alive and could possibly be in the midst of recording a cd herself dedicating her inspiration to her. Maybe her lil girl has known for many years. Ofcourse this is just my interpretation. AmberLynn
anonymous Dec 12th, 2017 12:10am report
I've heard many interpretations of the lyrics in Sarah. I would like to know when she became pregnant with Henley's child. If this happened after she wrote the song, it's obviously not about that; case closed. Otherwise, it probably is in large part. However, like many song lyrics, it can reference all sorts of things that are totally unrelated and jumbled together that convey a certain theme or emotion. I like to think it's just a snap shot of all the turbulent things that were going on in her life at the time, and if she wrote this after her treminated pregnancy, that is probably a big part, but maybe not exclusively as per Mick and her friend Sarah.
anonymous Dec 12th, 2017 12:05am report
I've heard many interpretations of the lyrics in Sarah. I would like to know when she became pregnant with Henley's child. If this happened after she wrote the song, it's obviously not about that; case closed. Otherwise, it probably is in large part. However, like many song lyrics, it can reference all sorts of things that are totally unrelated and jumbled together. I like to think it's just a snap shot of all the turbulent things that were going on in her life at the time, and if she wrote this after her treminated pregnancy, that is probably a big part, but maybe not exclusively as per Mick and her friend Sarah.
anonymous May 31st, 2017 5:58pm report
Stevie Nicks became pregnant when in a relationship with Don Henley. She chose to abort the child. She called the child Sara, and seriously regretted the choice to have an abortion which sent her into a deep depression. This song is about that choice, her depression and how she wishes she had not aborted Sara.
anonymous Aug 21st, 2016 8:17am report
Stevie was not dating Henley in 1979. So how could she have wrote a song about him?
anonymous Apr 5th, 2016 4:28am report
I have no freakin' clue what this song is about. But the band really pours its heart and soul into it. One of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. In my fathers house there are many mansions. Perhaps Sara's house awaits us all.
JasmineStar Aug 11th, 2009 8:17pm report
Stevie wrote the song Sara, and had a best friend and muse named Sara. it is said that around this time Stevie was in relationship with Mick Fleetwood but this ended when he became involved and later married Sara. I am wondering if she loved Sara on a very deep level, and then when Sara hooked up with Mick maybe Stevie thus writes "and now its gone", the references to building a house, might mean when Mick and Sara were planning to set up house? Another thing artists often do is attempt to express the emotions that those they are close to experience, so maybe she also could have been putting out some of the emotions that she felt Mick was experiencing in getting close to Sara but losing something of his connection with Stevie. Well that is all pure speculation, but the song is indeed lovely hearing a woman write lovingly about another woman.
Surfer_Coyote Nov 19th, 2008 11:02am report
Sara is the name Stevie Nicks gave to the child she aborted that was fathered by the Eagles' Don Henley. The song has to do more with Nicks and Henley's relationship than anything else. The house she refers to in the song is referencing the house that Don was building at the time. Things were complicated between them, and she didn't think that he cared about being a father, so she chose to abort the pregnancy. Henley has said this in numerous interviews, and it appears to be quite an emotional subject for him. I think Stevie really did want a life and family with him, but things fell a part and the decision she made could not be reversed. She longs in heart for what could of been, and even though she doesn't have this child with her physically, she still carries it spiritually and emotionally. Haunting, yet beautiful song.
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