Title: The Ledge

Artist: Fleetwood Mac

Album:Tusk

Year Released: 1979

What It Is: Lindsey Buckingham’s Flying Circus! It’s a delightfully oddball tune which was not expected from Mac at all, especially after two super smash albums. Featured as track two of the sprawling double album, and situation behind the mellow “Over and Over”, Christine McVie’s track that led it off, listeners must have wondered if they were entering the Bizzaro Fleetwood Mac world.

Riffage / Hookage:The bass and guitar riff at the beginning propels the song and starts the weirdness.

Cowbell?: No. Mick Fleetwood hits one snare drum and one cymbal in the entire song until the end.

Words Of Wisdom: “Countin’ on my fingers
Countin’ on my toes
Slippin’ thru your fingers
Watchin’ how it grows
You can love me baby but you can’t walk out
Someone oughta tell you what it’s really all about”

I don’t think Lindsey was quite over Stevie Nicks…or at least not over at his anger, or something.

Mixology Report: It’s a great song to break up a mix, plus it’s short so you can shoehorn it in everywhere.

For The Good Of The Order: The first time I heard this, I did wonder if it was some sort of joke, but then you really can’t mistake the voices of Buckingham, Nicks or McVie on it.

They actually did it live, and Buckingham seems even more sinister in his put down on this version. One wonders how Nicks felt about it. Alas, it’s not on the current tour, so perhaps Lindsey FINALLY got over it…

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