Seven Wonders (song)
|Single by Fleetwood Mac|
|from the album Tango in the Night|
|B-side||"Book of Miracles"|
|Released||29 June 1987|
|Fleetwood Mac singles chronology|
"Seven Wonders" is a song by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac from their fourteenth studio album Tango in the Night (1987). It was released on 29 June 1987, by Warner Bros. Records, as the second single from Tango in the Night. Stevie Nicks performed the lead vocals on the song, written by Sandy Stewart, with contributed lyrics by Nicks. In the song, Nicks remembers a love affair in her past. She sings that even if she should live to see the Seven Wonders of the World, doing so would not compare to the beauty of that romance.
The song was also released as a 12" single, which included an extended remix, a dub mix and an instrumental, "Book of Miracles", which later became the track "Juliet" on Nicks' fourth solo studio album The Other Side of the Mirror (1989). A limited edition 12" picture disc version was also released in the United Kingdom.
In the accompanying music video, Nicks is singing in the center of a stage with the other members of Fleetwood Mac around her, playing their instruments and contributing vocals. On a background diorama, sketches of the Seven Wonders are pictured, including the Taj Mahal, the Roman Colosseum and the Sphinx. Greek pillars are also placed around the stage.
Background and composition
Written by Sandy Stewart, she recorded and submitted a demo to Stevie Nicks without a lyric sheet. Nicks misheard one line as "all the way down to Emmaline", a contribution that gave her a writing credit alongside Stewart. Nicks later said, "I had become so attached to the name Emmaline that we kept it in, and she gave me a small percentage."
Appearances in other media
Pictureplane sampled "Seven Wonders" in the song "Goth Star" from the studio album Dark Rift (2009). Classixx sampled "Seven Wonders" in the song "Hanging Gardens" from their 2013 studio album of the same name. "The Seven Wonders", the season finale of American Horror Story: Coven, opened with Nicks performing the song. This helped the song to reach number 18 on the Billboard Rock Digital Songs chart with sales of 13,000. "Seven Wonders" supplies the title and the leitmotif for the third part of Caren Gussoff's novella Three Songs for Roxy.
Track listing and formats
US 7" vinyl single (Warner Bros. Records 7-28317)
- "Seven Wonders" – 3:38
- "Book of Miracles" (Instrumental) – 4:28
UK 12" vinyl single (Warner Bros. Records W8317T)
- "Seven Wonders" (Extended Remix) – 6:37
- "Book of Miracles" (Instrumental) – 4:28
- "Seven Wonders" (Dub) – 4:32
Credits and personnel
- Lindsey Buckingham – guitars, Fairlight CMI, synthesizer, backing vocals, producer
- Mick Fleetwood – drums, percussion
- Christine McVie – synthesizers, backing vocals
- John McVie – bass
- Stevie Nicks – writer, lead and backing vocals
- Richard Dashut – producer
- Sandy Stewart – writer
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