Stevie Nicks Says Taylor Swift Song Helped Her Grieve Christine McVie’s Death

Fleetwood Mac’s Steve Nicks paid tribute to her late friend and bandmate Christine McVie on Monday evening (May 23) at a show in Atlanta, Georgia. The icon, currently co-headlining with Billy Joel, told the audience that Taylor Swift’s song “You’re On Your Own, Kid” has helped her grieve. 

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McVie, known for her exponential songwriting and soaring vocals, died in early December. She was 79. The songbird passed away at a hospital due to a short illness.

During the show, Nicks told the audience how Swift’s chart-topping track had played a vital part in her healing journey after the sudden death. 

“Thank you to Taylor Swift for doing this thing for me, and that is writing a song called ‘You’re On Your Own, Kid.’ That is the sadness of how I feel,” said Nicks about her bandmate’s death. “As long as Chris was, even on the other side of the world. We didn’t have to talk on the phone, we really weren’t phone buddies. Then we would go back to Fleetwood Mac, and we would walk in, and it would be like, ‘Little sister, how are you?’ It was like never a minute had passed, never an argument in our entire 47 years.” 

Through heartwarming hoots and hollers, Nicks continued to reflect on their friendship and explained how she resonated with the lyrics. 

“So, when it was the two of us, the two of us were on our own, kids, we always were,” she shared. “And now, I’m having to learn to be on my own, kid, by myself. So, you help me to do that. Thank you.” 

“You’re On Your Own, Kid” is featured on Swift’s album, Midnights. The hitmaker co-wrote the sentimental ballad alongside frequent collaborator, Jack Antonoff. The track conveys a coming-of-age storyline, which finds the protagonist learning to stand on their own while navigating life. 

From sprinkler splashes to fireplace ashes | I waited ages to see you there | I search the party of better bodies | Just to learn that you never cared | You’re on your own, kid | You always have been, sings Swift in the chorus. 

Nicks will appear next at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, on May 25. For upcoming appearances and tickets, visit 

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