Rooms on Fire

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"Rooms on Fire"
Single by Stevie Nicks
from the album The Other Side of the Mirror
B-side "Alice"
"Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You" (live) (12"/CD)
Released April 21, 1989
Recorded 1988
Genre Soft rock
Length 4:36
Label Modern
Producer(s) Rupert Hine
Stevie Nicks singles chronology
"Imperial Hotel"
"Rooms on Fire"
"Long Way to Go"
"Imperial Hotel"
"Rooms on Fire"
"Long Way to Go"

"Rooms on Fire" is a song by American singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks. Released on April 21, 1989, it was the first single to be released from Nicks' fourth solo album The Other Side of the Mirror (1989). The 12" single was released in a limited edition poster sleeve in certain territories. The song was successful on both sides of the Atlantic, reaching number 16 on both the UK Singles Chart (Nicks' first ever UK top 40 solo hit and her highest chart position there to date) and the US Billboard Hot 100, and also topped the US Mainstream Rock chart. The single was also highly successful in Canada and New Zealand, reaching numbers 9 and 12, respectively.

In the music video, Nicks is seen holding a baby dressed in white, played by her goddaughter. "Rooms on Fire" was performed sporadically at Nicks' live concerts up until New Year's Eve of 1999, though it has yet to be played live since then.


In a 1989 interview, Nicks gave personal insight as to the meaning of "Rooms on Fire":

"Rooms on Fire is about a girl who goes through a life like I have gone through, where she finally accepts the idea that there never will be those other things in her life. She will never be married, she will never have children, she will never do those [that] part of life."

The song, according to the liner notes of Timespace – The Best of Stevie Nicks, was inspired by Stevie's brief relationship with Rupert Hine.

"The night I met Rupert Hine was a dangerous one. He was different from anyone else I had ever known...He was older, and he was smarter, and we both knew it. I hired him to do the album before we even started talking about music. It seemed that we had made a spiritual agreement to do a magic a fabulous Dutch castle, at the top of the mountain. We recorded it in the formal dining room...where, upon the walls hung all these very old and expensive pieces of art...looking at us...we were never alone."

"It always seemed to me that whenever Rupert walked into one of these old, dark castle rooms, that the rooms were on fire. There was a connection between us that everyone around us instantly picked up on, and everyone was very careful to respect our space...our TIMESPACE, so we all lived at the castle for about four-and-a-half months. I went home with him to England to mix the album at his studio...he left in December. I joined him there in London in January. We left immediately for his studio, Farmyard Studios, somewhere outside London. It was like being in a cottage in Wales, it was a little spooky...the atmosphere was like nothing I had ever experienced. Then something happened to him that simply made it impossible for us to ever be together again. I left him there...the rooms were still burning, but the fire had been stolen from us. It wasn't over love, in had nothing to do with love. It was just a bad situation. I came back to Los Angeles, a very changed woman. And now, long nets of my memory...Now I remember the rooms, the music, and how truly magic the whole thing was..."

"Alright," said Alice, "I'm going back...

To the other side of the mirror."

~Stevie Nicks, Timespace – The Best of Stevie Nicks liner notes (1991)



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