Song of the Day: Stevie Nicks – “Edge Of Seventeen”

Happy birthday to Stevie Nicks, who turns 70 years old today. Here’s one of Stevie’s solo classics, an intense rocker that was inspired by the deaths of her uncle and of John Lennon. Per Songfacts, Nicks once said in a video commentary, “It became a song about violent death, which was very scary to me because at that point no one in my family had died. To me, the white-winged dove was for John Lennon the dove of peace, and for my uncle it was the white-winged dove who lives in the saguaro cactus – that’s how I found out about the white-winged dove, and it does make a sound like whooo, whooo, whooo. I read that somewhere in Phoenix and thought I would use that in this song. The dove became exciting and sad and tragic and incredibly dramatic. Every time I sing this song I have that ability to go back to that two-month period where it all came down. I’ve never changed it, and I can’t imagine ending my show with any other song. It’s such a strong, private moment that I share in this song.” The story of the song’s title is less complex — Tom Petty’s wife at the time Jane said in a conversation with Nicks that the couple met at the age of seventeen, and her accent made Nicks think she said “edge of seventeen,” hence the song’s title. The song was the third single off Nicks’s solo debut Bella Donna and reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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