Stevie Nicks says Taylor Swift song helped her after Christine McVie's death

Stevie Nicks Reveals Taylor Swift's Midnight Song "You're On Your Own, Kid" Helps Her Mourning Fleetwood Mac During Atlanta Concert on May 22 Band member Christine McVie, who died of stroke and metastatic cancer in November 2022. In a video posted to social media, the singer shared her gratitude for Swift. "Thank you to Taylor Swift for doing this for me, which is writing a song called 'On Your Own, Kid,'" she said. "That's how sad I feel."

Co-written and produced by Swift with her longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff, "You're On Your Own, Kid" is the latest addition to Swift's renowned Track 5 canon. This means it is an emotionally charged song. In the song, Swift recounts her life from elementary school childhood to awkward adolescence to A-list stardom, outlining all the moments when she realized she'd been alone.

Nicks went on to explain how she connected the song to her life and her decades-long friendship with McVie. "As long as Chris was here, even though we were on the other side of the world, we never had to talk on the phone, we really weren't phone buddies," she said. “Then we’d go back to Fleetwood Mac and walk in and say, ‘How are you, little sister?’ It was like we’d never had an argument in our 47 years.”

After hearing cheers from the audience, Nicks addressed both fans and Swift before ending her performance by nodding to the song's lyrics. "So, when it's just the two of us, we're both on our own, kids, that's how we've always been," she said. "Now, I have to learn to be alone, kid, alone. So, you help me do that. Thank you."

Nicks and Swift have yet to officially collaborate on a song, but they share fans of each other. The two joined forces at the 2010 Grammy Awards, with Nicks performing her Grammy-nominated single "You Belong With Me" with Swift before performing Fleetwood Mac's 1975 classic "Rhiannon." . Later that year, Nicks wrote a piece for Time 100 honoring Swift: "Taylor reminded me of myself, with her determination and childlike nature. It was something so special, Such rare innocence. This girl writes songs that the whole world sings about.”

While "You're On Your Own, Kid" didn't make the setlist for Swift's 2023 Eras tour, she has performed it as one of her "secret songs." There's even speculation that Swift slyly revealed the name of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds' fourth child in the lyrics "Goodbye, Daisy Mae," even though their child hadn't been born yet when the song was released. That's thanks to the singer using their children's names in the song. However, the couple has yet to reveal the name or gender of the newborn.