Buffalo Springfield’s 1966 protest song, “For What It’s Worth,” has been officially covered by Stevie Nicks.
Earlier this week, the renowned Fleetwood Mac vocalist announced the release of her studio version of this song, which she has been covering throughout her current tour with Vanessa Carlton.
In “For What It’s Worth,” the devastating reality of gun violence is highlighted, along with its consequences on children, the extraordinary resistance that results, and the dread it instils in people as a result. The singer has been outspoken about the need for strict gun regulation, thus this initiative aligns with her views on the subject.
The chorus’s silky harmonies are kept, and the cover manages to maintain the original’s instrumentation. The beauty of the lyrics is enhanced by Nicks’ voice, which also carries deep emotion and an almost spoken-word aspect.
The cover was created alongside producer Greg Kurstin, Sharon Celani, and Waddy Watchel from Nicks’ touring band, according to Consequence. The song’s lyrics are given more resonance by Nicks’ “perspective as a woman,” according to Consequence.
Nicks has previously expressed her displeasure about the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse Roe v. Wade on her platform. See here for further details.
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