Landslide – Fleetwood Mac

I took my love, I took downlandslide fleetwook mac
I climbed a mountain, I turned around
And I saw my reflection in a snow covered hill
‘Til the landslide brought it down

Mirror in the sky, what is love
Can the child within my heart rise above
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides
Can I handle the seasons of my life, oh

Well, I’ve been afraid of changing
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
Time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m getting older, too

Well, I’ve been afraid of changing
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
Time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m getting older, too
I get older, too

Oh, I took my love and I took down
Oh, I climbed a mountain, I turned around
And if you see my reflection in a snow covered hill
The landslide brought it down
The landslide brought it down
Oh, oh, oh

The loss of a loved one can have a very big impact on someone’s life.  It could, for instance, make a child lose a part of his or her childhood, or thrust someone into a completely different life he or she may not be prepared for.

The song “Landslide” originally performed by Fleetwood Mac reflects this sentiment very much.  Penned by Stevie Nicks, the song was partly about her relationship with her father as she contemplated amidst the Rocky Mountains, and the conversation they had about choosing between her career and going back to school.  Incidentally, she wrote the song the night before her father was operated on at the Mayo Clinic.

The song has nothing to do with anyone’s death.  But when played during funeral services, it takes a whole new meaning.  As a matter of fact, the song is a good source for funeral quotes you can include in your eulogy.

The song is more about the feelings of those who are left behind than it is about the passing.  The lyrics signify the reluctance of the bereaved to face the reality of the loss, knowing that he or she has spent his or her whole life with the person.  But time can heal all wounds and make him or her stronger or better person afterwards, as the song promises.

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