Fleetwood Mac’s Song “Silver Springs” is Based on Silver Spring, MD

by Amy Lusignan

Updated on 3/12/22 with additional information

Fleetwood Mac’s song “Silver Springs” is based on Silver Spring, MD. While many of us love Nicks’ music and the song itself, the title of the song could be one of the reasons people often add an ‘s’ to the end of our beloved Montgomery County… census designated place.

Stevie Nicks, a singer-songwriter for Fleetwood Mac, took inspiration from Silver Spring in Montgomery County for her song, “Silver Springs.”

Primarily a British blues band at first, Fleetwood Mac scored a UK number one with “Albatross”, and had other hits such as the singles “Oh Well” and “Man of the World”.  In late 1974, while Fleetwood was scouting studios in Los Angeles, he heard American folk-rock duo Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, and asked Buckingham to be their new lead guitarist, and Buckingham agreed on condition that Nicks could also join the band.

The addition of Buckingham and Nicks gave the band a more pop rock sound, and their 1975 self-titled album, Fleetwood Mac, reached No. 1 in the United States. Rumours (1977), Fleetwood Mac’s second album after the arrival of Buckingham and Nicks, produced four U.S. Top 10 singles and remained at number one on the American albums chart for 31 weeks. It also reached the top spot in countries around the world and won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978.

Rumours has sold over 40 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums in history. Although each member of the band went through a breakup (John and Christine McVie, Buckingham and Nicks, and Fleetwood and his wife Jenny) while recording the album, they continued to write and record music together.

Nicks has since said the song ‘Silver Springs’ was about the end of her relationship with fellow bandmate Lindsey Buckingham. “I wrote “Silver Springs” about Lindsey. And we were in Maryland somewhere driving under a freeway sign that said Silver Springs, Maryland. And I loved the name…Silver Springs sounded like a pretty fabulous place to me. And ‘You could be my silver springs,’ that’s just a whole symbolic thing of what you could have been to me.”

Silver Springs peaked at 22 on the Billboard Global 200 in 1997 when it was rereleased as a live track. It originally released as a B-side track with the song “Go Your Own Way.”


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Jim November 9, 2020 - 4:57 am

Silver Springs has always been, and is a beautiful song, to me. And, it’s one of Stevie Nicks’ most special songs, in my opinion.

Alton Cook November 9, 2020 - 9:47 am

Absolutely one of her BEST works. The artful simplicity and innocence is beautiful wrapped in delicate melody….so lovely.

For the record November 9, 2020 - 1:12 pm

While I appreciate and applaud artistic sensibilities, there is only ONE spring in Silver Spring, MD. There is no ‘s’ at the end.

KICathy November 9, 2020 - 11:43 pm

CORRECT! THANK YOU! And it is a fantastic song.

Bonnie November 9, 2020 - 2:36 pm

My favorite song. Dedicated to my x-husband!

penny November 9, 2020 - 1:39 pm


Nicole A Hall November 10, 2020 - 12:42 am

Wasn’t it first released in 1977 off of the Rumours album? Why not mention that too?

Amy Lusignan November 10, 2020 - 12:51 am

“Silver Springs” was not originally released on Rumors in 1977. Nicks pushed hard for it to be, but in the end it didn’t make it. It was a B-side track to “Go Your Own Way.”

Vincent F November 10, 2020 - 4:13 am

I’m reading this at 3:12 AM…In Silver Spring ,MD.


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