Throughout the years, I listened to “Sara” by Fleetwood Mac on Youtube. It’s a really nice sounding song, but it’s a sad one, too. Here’s my take on some of the lyrics of this song.
At some point in the past, the writer of this song must of been lonely.
“Wait a minute baby. Stay with me awhile,” sings the writer who just wants some company or wants to hold onto a memory.
Also, the writer sounds like she was misled. The writers says: “Said you’d give me light. But you never told me about the fire.” Perhaps, she has regrets about a bad relationship in the past.
For the writer, though, she must of been conflicted in a past relationship. “Drowning in the sea of love. Where everyone would love to drown. In one breath, the writer talks about being in a “sea of love,” but in the same breath, she talks about “drowning” too.
Apparently, the writer is looking back; but, the writer has moved on at the same time. “But now it’s gone. It doesn’t matter what for.” Maybe, the writer is dying, but nobody really remembers much of anything when it comes down to it.
However, the relationship must of been really good for the writer at one time. “I think I had met my match…”
At one point in the writer’s life, the relationship must of been a real comfort.
“And he was just like a great dark wing. Within the wings of a storm,” remembers the writer.
After all these years, the relationship must of been good enough for the writer to carry a torch. “But when you build your house. Then call me home,” sighs the writer as they drift away singing “home”.
However, some lyrics of the song suggest a darker side to the relationship. The writer sings, “And undoing, and undoing the laces. Undoing the laces.” When you read at these lyrics in a different light, this could of been the writer’s way of telling us that she was losing her mind in the relationship.
Nevertheless, the present must be depressing for the writer, too. “The night is coming and the starling flew for days,” sighs the writer.
The writer was depressed. “I’d stay home at night, all the time.” Still, they could be depressed.
Moreover, now, the writer seems desperate and just wants to get away.
“I’d go anywhere, anywhere, anywhere,” reveals the writer.
Furthermore, the writer of the song seems cynical and bitter too. “Ask me and I’m there, yeah. Ask me and I’m there, I care.” In a cynical and sarcastic way, the writer says “I care.” to the listeners; however, the writer doesn’t care anymore.
The writer only has memories now.
“Sara, you’re the poet in my heart. Never change, and don’t you ever stop
Now it’s gone. No it doesn’t matter anymore. When you build your house
I’ll come by.”
Strangely, the singer sounds like she’s crying at various points in this song. She sings, “Oooooooh, ooooooooo, oooooh.”
Briefly, the song seems to be about a loss of some kind for the writer, which probably was the love of your life type relationship. It’s a really, really sad song when you really think and listen to it. According to the lyrics, something sad must of happened to the writer.