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"Wild Heart"
Single by Stevie Nicks
from the album The Wild Heart
Genre Rock
Label Modern
Songwriter(s)Stevie Nicks

"Wild Heart" is a 1983 song by the American singer/songwriter Stevie Nicks. It was the third single from her second solo album, The Wild Heart. The song was written in 1981 and first performed during a Rolling Stone photo shoot with her to-be sister-in-law Lori Perry-Nicks. [1] The original demo has the music of Fleetwood Mac's song "Can't Go Back".


In an interview with Jim Ladd in 1983, Nicks said of the song, "The song the Wild Heart is kind of an abstract song, that was written in Long Island, New York. I mean at the same time that Enchanted was written. A long, long time ago, right at the same time that Bella Donna came out." [2]

Album version

Nicks wrote the music of "Wild Heart" for the album version of the song which gave her full writing credits for the song. [3] She made several changes to the lyrics of the song, such as an introduction dedicated to her then recently deceased friend, Robin Anderson. When Nicks played the song to her friend Tom Petty he said it was "epic" [4] The song is over six minutes long.


The video was recorded during a Rolling Stone photo shoot in 1981. It starts with Nicks singing a rendition of " Love in Store", a song by Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie. The video ends with a version of McVie's "Wish You Were Here". The video has been viewed over a million times on YouTube.[ citation needed] The backing music was written by Lindsey Buckingham found in a demo which can also be found on YouTube. [5] It can also be found on the "Deluxe" 2016 reissue of Fleetwood Mac's Mirage album, as a track titled "Suma's Walk".


Video personnel

  • Stevie Nicks – lead vocals
  • Lori Perry-Nicks – harmony vocals
  • Lindsey Buckingham – guitar, additional keyboards
  • Mick Fleetwood – drums, percussion
  • John McVie – bass guitar
  • Christine McVie – keyboards

Album version personnel

  • Stevie Nicks – lead vocals
  • Lori Perry-Nicks – harmony vocals
  • Sharon Celani – backing vocals
  • Sandy Stewart – synthesizer [3]
  • David Munday – guitar
  • Roger Tausz – bass guitar
  • Brad Smith – drums, percussion
  • Dean Parks – guitar


  1. ^ "Stevie Nicks Wild Heart". YouTube. 9 September 2008. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Stevie Nicks on Wild Heart". In Her Own Words. 5 July 1983. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b "The Penguin Discography: Wild Heart". Discog. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  4. ^ "The Wild Heart". Buckingham Nicks. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Can't Go Back/Wild Heart (Instrumental) - Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac". YouTube. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2015.

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