Tusk at Dusk

Updated on June 20, 2018

The music we grew up with, we hold in our hearts and always will. Yet on occasion there is a melody we used to like -- perhaps from a few wilder moments in our youth when we thought we were immortal -- that doesn't hold the same significance. Has this ever happened to you? We listen after years in absentia, have a brief chuckle at ourselves and shake our heads. I had such an experience while listening to the lyrics in Tusk...

Tusk at Dusk...


So not nearly enough.

Mindless sensuality...

So very passé.

Smoke of black and white

Teases the memory

From the other side of paradise.

Hanging up, I smile,

Watching the colors move,

Lucent, texturing...

In humble fruition.

'Tusk' - Fleetwood Mac


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    • Genna East profile imageAUTHOR

      Genna East 

      10 days ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Dolores. Well said. I still love the music in Tusk; it's the lyrics that tell another story. And I now appreciate Frank Sinatra in ways I never imagined possible years ago. I guess we are all a song in process. Thank you for the visit and comment. :-)

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      Dolores Monet 

      11 days ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi Jenna, just as you suggest that some old songs we used to love just don't do it for us, I am thinking about some old songs that I used to hate and now love. We change and our tastes change but some songs have such an associate meaning that it is that meaning that takes over.

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      Genna East 

      8 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Nell. Good to see you. :-)

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      Nell Rose 

      2 months ago from England

      Love the words of your poem! and the music too, never heard it before! Good to see you Genna!

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      Genna East 

      2 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Mark. :-)

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      Genna East 

      2 months ago

      Thank you, Mark. :-)

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      Mark Tulin 

      2 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Love this. The images are captivating as the power of music.

    • Genna East profile imageAUTHOR

      Genna East 

      3 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Red. I just love the music to this song...but I'm afraid the lyrics don't carry the same impact for me anymore. Good to see you -- I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

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      3 months ago from Canada

      That has to be one of my all-time fav Fleetwood Mac albums. Lovely words!

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      Genna East 

      4 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Ruby. In our home, music was practically an integral part of everyday life, so I know exactly what you mean. It's part of our DNA, my friend. Thanks so much for the visit; I loved your comment. Enjoy your Sunday.

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      Ruby Richert 

      4 months ago

      This is like a stroll down memory lane! MUSIC what would we do without it? Music has been a main factor in my life. My mother loved music, the radio was on at least 15 hours a day. We used to listen to The Grand Old Opry on Saturday night and dance a jig. Then when I got older I found I liked all kinds of music, like my mother, my radio is rarely turned off. Now on my way back up to listen to the video. Cheers my talented friend.

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      Genna East 

      4 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Bill Holland

      Hi Bill. I agree. Life has its nuances -- some are subtle; others hit us over the head. But it leaves us with changes in our perspective and feelings, in retrospect. Thank goodness we have music! :-) Thanks so much for that kind and thoughtful comment.

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      Genna East 

      4 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Maria Jordan

      Hello dearest Maria. I agree that Buckingham's departure came as a bit of a surprise, and FM has had lineup changes over the years as other groups sometimes do. Tusk was pretty innovative. The throaty, scratching of the guitar strings in the intro almost sounds like a busy signal. I think the marching band from Dodger Stadium that grazed the background with an overtaking sweep really makes the song in terms of musicality. My son played the snare drum in his high school's marching band, and they sometimes played Tusk as part of their routine; it was a favorite of his. The lyrics to the song are another "story". :-)

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      Genna East 

      4 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Ann Carr

      Hello Ann. You are so right. Sometimes the music evokes sense memories...others vivid...others in smoke of black and white. I enjoyed your comment. Thank you.

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      Genna East 

      4 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @John Hansen

      Hi John. I know exactly what you mean. Love the music to Tusk. But the lyrics stir a different response at Dusk. Thank you for that thoughtful comment. :-)

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      Genna East 

      4 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Verlie Burroughs

      Hello. Nice to see you, and thank you for that kind comment. I love your poetry, so I'm especially appreciative that you "got" Tusk at Dusk. Enjoy your day.

      @Peggy Woods

      Hi Peg. The Big Band era was innovative for its time...each style of music, from each era, tells its own story, doesn't it? Thank goodness we have music -- one of the miracles of humanity.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautifully written my friend. Yes, the same experience for me,many times,out of the blue, no logic at all, a visceral response to a song I've heard many times. Strange!

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      Maria Jordan 

      4 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      LOVE, LOVE Tusk and your take on these immortal lyrics, dear Genna.

      Fleetwood Mac without Lindsey Buckingham makes me sad yet I know change is inevitable.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 months ago from SW England

      I know what you mean! Music evokes so many things from the past, so unexpectedly.

      Nice one, Genna.


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      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes, Genna. It happens to me all the time. Mostly I still like the tunes but now and again I hear one for the first time in years and just shake my head...how could I? Nice verse by you.

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      Genna East 

      4 months ago from Massachusetts, USA


      Hi Mike. Thank you. My mind travels off in strange tangents at times. But briefly.

      The Tusk lyrics shadowed the affair Nicks had with Buckingham who was married at the time. 'Why don't you ask him if he's going to stay? Why don't you ask him if he's going away? Just tell me that you want me.' And more, they represent excess, lust, doubt and escape from a reckoning with the past and the times. Where are we now -- at dusk -- and what did we learn by virtue of "hanging up"?

      It's always good to see you. Thanks for the comment.

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      Genna East 

      4 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Frank Atanacio

      Hi Frank. Isn't odd how our musical tastes change over the years? Years ago I used to hate opera, but now love it. So I know what you mean about the Big Band era. Each era, each style, has something important to convey about the life of the times. Thank you for the comment.

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      Genna East 

      4 months ago from Massachusetts, USA


      Hi there. That is for sure. Although I can't say that I know anyone who completely changed; perhaps their lifestyles, perhaps when they reached the age of 30 and reality came knocking. Then again, I've always thought that the 20's are for learning some of life's most important lessons. Thanks so much for the thoughtful comment and visit.

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      I grew up hearing my parent's music from the big band era but also music from the 1960s like the Beatles, the Beach Boys, etc. Some of the folk songs in those days were in protest to the Vietnam War. "Blowin in the Wind" comes to mind.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      4 months ago from Canada

      Really nice play on change Genna. Love the way your mind works. "Hanging up, I smile" perfect. Great song!

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      4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Genna - "Fruition" - you have only just begun. Fleetwood Mac, had some stirring words to offer us, that is for sure. Nice to see you take a moment to express your creativity.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 months ago from Shelton

      I've recently started to big band music and I actually love it... but I was a big Queen and Little River band fan, now not so much.. nice hub Genna East

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      4 months ago from USA

      It’s funny how the years can make us different people altogether.


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