Stevie Nicks Covers Buffalo Springfield’s ‘For What It’s Worth’

Stevie Nicks published a cover of Buffalo Springfieldher legendary protest song “For What It’s Worth,” saying she always wanted to explore the song.

Not to be confused with her 2011 track of the same name, the new performance features longtime collaborator Waddy Wachtel on guitar, with backing vocals from Sharon Celani. It was produced by Greg Kurstin. You can hear it below.

“I’m so excited to release my new song,” Nicks said in a statement. β€œIt was written by Stephen Stills in 1966. It meant something to me then and it means something to me now. I always wanted to interpret it through the eyes of a woman – and it seems that today, in the time we live in, it has a lot to say.”

Stills wrote the song after a personal experience in Los Angeles. “I had been playing with the bass riff, trying to connect something with the boys in the jungle, over in ‘Nam, with the kids back home trying to get them home,” he said in a recent interview. “I came into town to … this bar called Pandora’s Box. The place held 200 people, but there were at least 2,000 people spilling out into the streets.

“The mayor of Los Angeles goes and says, ‘Get those hippies off the street,’ and they had just developed this riot control tactic with the L.A. police. It totally freaked me out and we turned the car around and I went home. All of a sudden the lights it was all in my head, worlds came together, and the moment I picked up the guitar, I wrote the song. It was all done in 10 minutes.”

Nicks is halfway through the second leg of hers 2022 US tour, which ends on Oct. 28.

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