Stevie Nicks: ‘I turned down Prince’s offer to write ‘Purple Rain’ lyrics’

Ex-Fleetwood Mac singer says she was too “scared” to pen words for classic track

Former Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks has revealed that Prince asked her to write the lyrics for his classic track ‘Purple Rain’ – but she turned him down because she was “scared”.

Nicks became friends with Prince after he played synthesizers on her 1983 single ‘Stand Back’ – a song that was inspired by his own track ‘Little Red Corvette’.

In an interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune, she claimed that after asking Prince if they could collaborate again in the future, he had sent her cassette tape featuring a 10-minute instrumental version of ‘Purple Rain’ and asked her to write lyrics for it.


She said:

It was so overwhelming, that 10-minute track… I listened to it and I just got scared. I called him back and sad, ‘I can’t do it. I wish I could. It’s too much for me.

However, the singer was adamant that she didn’t regret her decision to not accept his invitation, adding: “I’m so glad I didn’t, because he wrote it, and it became ‘Purple Rain’.”

Nicks, who released her seventh solo album ‘In Your Dreams’ earlier this year, has hinted that Fleetwood Mac will reform for live shows and to possibly record a new LP in 2012.

She revealed that the band would “gather again” once she and fellow Fleetwood Mac member Lindsey Buckingham had finished promoting their new solo albums.

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