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Fleetwood Mac - Tusk

Identifier

021535

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

The Penguin Lyric Interpreter:

As one plods along the track listing on his or her first listening of Fleetwood Mac’s double album Tusk, the avid listener is exposed to rock marches ("The Ledge"), hypnotizing females ("Sisters of the Moon"), sexual frustrations ("Not That Funny") and accordions ("I Know I’m Not Wrong"). Along this diverse and unusual path, one finds upbeat and sometimes quirky songs that though resemble very little from their previous LP, Rumours, do not totally separate from the Fleetwood Mac much of the public knew and loved.

Then, Track 19 comes along, and things begin to change. Instead of a catchy drum riff, a glorious melody, a piano obstinato, or a bass line, the listener is sucked into a circling array of indiscernible voices and echoes that builds and crescendo into each other. The echoes hypnotize the mind, and the listener is drowned among the organized chaos. Here, even before any music starts, one knows that this is not Rumours II, nor is it anything that has ever been heard. This is something completely different.

And so begins the most experimental track (and also the first single) from Fleetwood Mac’s double album.

Tusk employs Burgundian-European chanting, a marching band, polyrhythms, countermelody, and a Ghanaian drum beat to form a rock version of a tribal march, straight from the pen and psyche of Lindsey Buckingham…..


Additional notes

The lyric interpreter above continues by saying that the words reflect the humiliation, anger and sense of rejection Lindsey felt when Stevie left him, but we feel that the lyrics should be temporarily ignored, Buckingham was never a great lyrics man, it was the music that spoke the most for him and what this music aims for is transcendence from his pain - the pain expressed in his words.  All the things incorporated - the chanting, the drumming, the rhythmic movement and dancing are all very effective methods of obtaining a spiritual experience.

An elephant is symbolic

A description of the experience

Fleetwood Mac - Tusk (live)

Why dont you ask him if hes going to stay?
Why dont you ask him if hes going away?
Why dont you tell me whats going on?
Why dont you tell me whos on the phone?
Why dont you ask him whats going on?
Why dont you ask him whos the latest on his throne?

Dont say that you love me!
Just tell me that you want me!

Tusk! tusk! tusk! tusk!
Tusk! tusk! tusk! tusk!
Tusk! tusk! tusk! tusk!
Tusk! tusk! tusk! tusk!
Tusk!

The source of the experience

Fleetwood Mac

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Symbols

Elephant

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

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