She said, ‘I met him at some point during the age of 17.’ But I thought she said, ‘The edge of 17.’ I said, ‘Jane, can I use that? " While the song is said to be partly about John Lennon’s murder, Nicks added that it’s also “a little bit about Tom.” That was Jane talking about Tom,” she revealed of the lyrics about a broken-hearted soul.“I bet a lot of people thought I was talking about me, but I was chronicling their relationship as she told it to me.” The world is not ready for my memoir, I guarantee you,” she said.And we went to a Young Life meeting – which was a religious meeting that simply got you out of the house on Wednesday nights – and um, he was there and I was there and we sat down and played California Dreaming. I didn't see him again for two years and he called me up and asked if I wanted to be in a band...And so, I was in this band with him for three and a half years – a band called Fritz." Buckingham was in a psychedelic rock band named Fritz, but two of its musicians were leaving for college.
After Fritz disbanded in 1972, Nicks and Buckingham continued to write as a duo, recording demo tapes at night in Daly City on a one-inch, four-track Ampex tape machine Buckingham kept at the coffee roasting plant belonging to his father, Morris.“All of the men I hung out with are on their third wives by now, and the wives are all under 30.If I were to write what really happened between 1972 and now, a lot of people would be very angry with me.To support herself and Buckingham, who wrote music while recovering from mononucleosis, Nicks worked a variety of jobs, which included waiting tables and a stint cleaning engineer/producer Keith Olsen's house, where Nicks and Buckingham lived for a time before moving in with Richard Dashut. While there, Buckingham landed a guitar-playing gig with the Everly Brothers, and toured with them while Nicks stayed behind working on songs.During this time, Nicks wrote "Rhiannon" after seeing the name in the novel Triad by Mary Leader.