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Fleetwood Mac — Hypnotized
Album: Mystery To Me
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Total ratings: 2610









Released: 1973
Length: 4:39
Plays (last 30 days): 1
It's the same kind of story
That seems to come down from long ago
Two friends having coffee together
When something flies by their window
It might be out on that lawn
Which is wide, at least half of a playing field
Because there's no explaining what your imagination
Can make you see and feel

Seems like a dream
(They) got me hypnotized

Now it's not a meaningless question
To ask if they've been and gone
I remember a talk about North
Carolina and a strange, strange pond
You see the sides were like glass
In the thick of a forest without a road
And if any man's hand ever made that land
Then I think it would've showed

Seems like a dream
(They) got me hypnotized

They say there's a place down in Mexico
Where a man can fly over mountains and hills
And he don't need an airplane or some kind of engine
And he never will
Now you know it's a meaningless question
To ask if those stories are right
'Cause what matters most if the feeling
You get when you're hypnotized

Seems like a dream
(They) got me hypnotized
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I can never forget how this used to Space/Time Warp my friends and I. A trippy time to be alive; shag carpet rec rooms, bean-bag chairs, LavaLites, 1st weed
Such an incredible song. So defining of a specific time in my life. Gorgeous.
GREAT TUNE!!   This is my favorite Fleetwood Mac tune.  Thanx RP!   
I remember way back in the day hearing the drum intro and thinking it was Eagles "Heartache Tonight".  Of course it's not quite the same.
This is my favorite Fleetwood Mack song that I didn't know was a Fleetwood Mack song until I heard it hear, and read all about it.  With Bob Welch ! I learned that too.
 xc.farmer.antoine486 wrote:

EZ 10!




I Agree!! Totally!!   
I remember this was on the radio the night my boss at AES Data offered me a ride home in Winter of 79 or 80. Good old Neil B. Great tune.
Definitely some strange ponds in North Carolina...
EZ 10!
Well...I saw him with the band "Paris"...way back when.

I think they opened for Nektar. 

Yikes. 
 
I know the Pointer Sisters version. Until today I didn't knew, that this song is from Fleetwood Mac.
AHHH...such a great song. I have this dubbed onto a cassette and was my only pre Buckingham/Nicks exposure at the time. Need to add this to my collection, again for the first time.

Thanks for keeping these gems alive, RP has introduced me to their back catalog and I am enriched muscially. As a poster below noted, once FM added Buckingham/Nicks to the line up, radio forgot about all these albums...shame.
 kurtster wrote:

I live in trailer park.  You have a problem with people who live in trailer parks ?

Mine's paid for and the property taxes on it are $250 a year.  {#Nyah}

And this is a 10.  Maybe my favorite Mac song of all of them.


Possibly a reference to the trailer park in the Trailer Park Boys tv series, a Canadian show based in Nova Scotia. Check out a few of the early shows in the series and this will make sense. 
Great song btw.
To segue into Everybody Wants To Rule The World.
 Stratocaster wrote:

Haunting tune. And the line about the Mexican flying over mountains and hills - just so spooky!


I've wondered if that lyric is a reference to Carlos Castañeda's The Teachings of  Don Juan.
Play this more often!!! ...My favorite Fleetwood Mac tune!!!  
 mrtuba9 wrote:

Some times I skip this one FM song, even though I like it. I always look to see my rating vs. the average. I nailed it with an 8!!!




It's a 10!!!
GREAT!!! ICONIC!!!  I haven't heard this in a long time! Thanx RP!
Have not heard this in forever. It was my introduction to Bob Welch FM. This was as far back I went in the pre-LB/SN FM at that time. I should have this on some tape format I recorded in the late 70's.

I think there's a Bob Welch album in that medium somewhere, too.

So smooth and jazzy.
Haunting tune. And the line about the Mexican flying over mountains and hills - just so spooky!
Some times I skip this one FM song, even though I like it. I always look to see my rating vs. the average. I nailed it with an 8!!!
Absolutely modern. It doesn't seem written in 1973.
I always loved this song.  For about 40 years, I never knew who the artist was....  Then to find out it was FM!  I would have never guessed.  I was never exposed to their earlier stuff.  A few binge listens later, and I have since become a big fan of that particular phase of FM!  And at the same time, finding other classics that I'd heard before, but never knew was FM...  
 jp33442 wrote:
Pre nicks and buckingham had some gems and this is one if them, and gave it a nine
 

Years ago a co-worker commented that he’d seen a concert video of Fleetwood Mac. He said it was great because they were playing a lot of their old stuff. I immediately thought of ‘Oh Well’, ‘Hypnotized and ‘Black Magic Woman”. He was talking about songs from ‘Rumours’. That’s when I first realized I was getting old.


 jrackerman wrote:
Have loved this song for 46 years!
 
Wow! That's right.
I remember when I first bought my truck. My wife and I were dating. We would park above Palm Desert on an off road trail which is now the famous "Bump and Grind" hiking trail. We would listen to this on 8 track in the dark looking at the lights below.
We're still together... and still have my truck. And I still listen to this album.
Not on 8 track though.
Pre nicks and buckingham had some gems and this is one if them, and gave it a nine
It´s a dark rainy day in locked down Germany  ... but here I am in Paradise
With Love from the Baltic Sea to the Pacific

  Birgit
First time to hear. What a cool sound. I would never had said that was Fleetwood Mac.
 

                                                      {#Music} 
 unclehud wrote:
A GREAT ALBUM!  'Twas before that trampy slut ruined the band -- and I don't mean Christine McVie.

This, plus Miles Away, plus Crazy Eyes.  Massively chillout music. 
 
Yeah, I prefer non-trampy sluts first, then non-slutty tramps. Trampy sluts are definitely #3.
 DW4554 wrote:
Is it just me or was Bob Welch challenged in pronunciation of hypnotized? Seems like the rest of the band was as well. Sounds like they are all singing hypMOtized. 

Maybe it's a Brit thing. Good tune in any event. RIP Bob and Wendy.   
 
Good call. I've always pronounced it "hypmotized" but have spelled it hypnotized (and I'm not British). Never noticed that before.
Sounded perfect on FM radio back in 1973, and still sounds great. Spooky and cool with that plaintive chatty guitar; and the bass and drums in unison. 
And yet again radio paradise rescues my tattered wandering soul.
 BCarn wrote:
 unclehud wrote:
A GREAT ALBUM!  'Twas before that trampy slut ruined the band -- and I don't mean Christine McVie.

This, plus Miles Away, plus Crazy Eyes.  Massively chillout music. 
 
Classy comment. Try keeping that level of critique in the trailer park.
 
I live in trailer park.  You have a problem with people who live in trailer parks ?

Mine's paid for and the property taxes on it are $250 a year.  {#Nyah}

And this is a 10.  Maybe my favorite Mac song of all of them.
Is it just me or was Bob Welch challenged in pronunciation of hypnotized? Seems like the rest of the band was as well. Sounds like they are all singing hypMOtized. 

Maybe it's a Brit thing. Good tune in any event. RIP Bob and Wendy.   
 BCarn wrote:

Classy comment. Try keeping that level of critique in the trailer park.
 

excellent song and album cover!
Absolutely great!
One of their best songs from a musical and lyrical perspective
 everettwa wrote:
Probably around '04 or so a co-worker was telling me about seeing them in concert and how great it was to hear them play their old stuff. I immediately though of 'Hypnotized' and 'Oh Well'. He was thinking or 'Rumors'. 
Suddenly, I felt old.

Me too. I was thrilled when my daughter told me she was Fleetwood Mac fan , but then I realized she was a post-Heroes Are Hard to Find fan. Which is all good, but I think the cream is mostly in the 'before' times.
Mick Fleetwood's drumming is always bang on, even with all the different styles of the songwriters in FM, love this, never heard it before
An easy song to love. Almost hypnotic.
I first heard FM in college, after Fleetwood Mac came out in '75. Liked it a lot, and thought, "I wonder what else they've done?" Picked up this, Bare Trees, and Kiln House. What a surprise. Awesome in a different way, but still unexpected.

It's hard to compare FM pre- and post-Buckingham/Nicks, so I won't go down that rabbit hole. Chacun a son gout.
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
When this came out I was waiting tables in a beach town, one of the first things I did on the job was install a radio in the wait station and tune it to K-94, the "underground" station that served the mid-Atlantic.

Not long ago I was hanging with some friends from that period and they reminded me of the times this would come on the radio and I would stand and listen, ignoring the tables which needed service and the cooks crying for me to pickup my orders.

RIP Bob Welch.
 

K-94  FM QUAD
 unclehud wrote:
A GREAT ALBUM!  'Twas before that trampy slut ruined the band -- and I don't mean Christine McVie.

This, plus Miles Away, plus Crazy Eyes.  Massively chillout music. 
 
Gee who peed in your Cheerios 
 NickDanger wrote:
Ever have a song in your head, one you haven't heard for some time, and you turn on RP (or the radio) and there it is!

This just happened to me...
 
Hmmm... Seems like a dream....
Didn't know this great track, thanks B&R, you've guilted me into my second donation. 
 unclehud wrote:
A GREAT ALBUM!  'Twas before that trampy slut ruined the band -- and I don't mean Christine McVie.

This, plus Miles Away, plus Crazy Eyes.  Massively chillout music. 
 
Classy comment. Try keeping that level of critique in the trailer park.
{#Drummer}
 unclehud wrote:
A GREAT ALBUM!  'Twas before that trampy slut ruined the band -- and I don't mean Christine McVie.

This, plus Miles Away, plus Crazy Eyes.  Massively chillout music. 
 
Who ruined what? Please explain.
A GREAT ALBUM!  'Twas before that trampy slut ruined the band -- and I don't mean Christine McVie.

This, plus Miles Away, plus Crazy Eyes.  Massively chillout music. 
Ever have a song in your head, one you haven't heard for some time, and you turn on RP (or the radio) and there it is!

This just happened to me...

Thank you, Bill and Rebecca!
 TreborG2 wrote:
Things I never knew... I had NO idea this was FM ! seems I've got a lot of music listening to do!! Thanks RP ! :D
 
I was about to post the same thing!!! 7-->8
my favorite pre-Buckingham/Nicks FM track
 Blijj wrote:
I think T. Dolby must have been listening to this before writing "Ability to swing".
 
Good catch. I totally hear it!
Outstanding Sonic Piece!
this is my absolute favourite Fleetwood Mac song! nice to hear it on RP
{#Devil_pimp}zesty ! very interesting mac album great cover of yardbirds for your love
My very favorite Mac! 10
 Segue wrote:
Oh wait. Already rated it Godlike. ... is that a 20? {#Roflol}{#Heartkiss}

 
YES !!
Great track!
 nagsheadlocal wrote:

My favorite song from my favorite FM album. The "mid-career" Fleetwood Mac is the band I prefer, with Welch, Kirwan, et al, and with Christine McVie getting to display some of her considerable songwriting skills.
 
Totally agree. Funny - I only listen to pre-Rumors, my daughter is Rumors onward.
 volnomad wrote:
An awesome haunting song from a long forgotten, but very good album during the Bob Welch phase of the Mac.

 
My favorite song from my favorite FM album. The "mid-career" Fleetwood Mac is the band I prefer, with Welch, Kirwan, et al, and with Christine McVie getting to display some of her considerable songwriting skills.
Oh wait. Already rated it Godlike. ... is that a 20? {#Roflol}{#Heartkiss}
Have loved this song for 46 years!
Genius! The MOOD!
An awesome haunting song from a long forgotten, but very good album during the Bob Welch phase of the Mac.
When this came out I was waiting tables in a beach town, one of the first things I did on the job was install a radio in the wait station and tune it to K-94, the "underground" station that served the mid-Atlantic.

Not long ago I was hanging with some friends from that period and they reminded me of the times this would come on the radio and I would stand and listen, ignoring the tables which needed service and the cooks crying for me to pickup my orders.

RIP Bob Welch.
How good is this!!!{#Fire}
 slikr wrote:
max volume = 10
 
Ours go to 11.
max volume = 10
Bob walked that thin line between stupid and clever. Songs like this: genius. His tin foil hat conspiracy stuff: flaky.

The first song I ever got from iTunes.
{#Dancingbanana_2}
{#Fever} great version of the yardbirds for your love on this as well
RIP Bob...
I love this song...so creative when you think about it...something only a very talented band like Fleetwood Mac could produce.

{#Drummer}

{#Meditate}
I remember recording this off of the radio on my Teac Cassette deck around 1975. Lots of time rewinding and re-playing:)
For some strange reason, this song has been going through my head today. Thank you, Bill and Rebecca! I haven't heard this for years....
Haunting song, triggers off some good memories, check out the bare trees album.
Cool music, goofy lyrics.
 KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:
 it got the boot.
 
Everything I've uploaded got the boot. lol Haven't tried in years. 
I just love "Why" off of this album.
Christine McVie at her best.

I wish Bill would add it.
I uploaded years ago... it got the boot.
I don't care... I'll try it again!
 OHMish wrote:

But wasn't this made with the new members?

 
Sort of......this was the Bob Welch (on vocals here BTW) incarnation and included Christine McVie. Post Kirwan and way past Green/Spencer, but before Nicks/Buckingham obviously.
So good!
 Webfoot wrote:
What would I change?  Nothing.  10

 
Yes, so did I
 buddy wrote:
The real Fleetwood Mac before that pop duo joined the band.

....kidding...kind of.... 

 
But wasn't this made with the new members?
If you need more of this than the monthly RP-dose: It's on Soundcloud
Still perfectly transporting.
What would I change?  Nothing.  10
Wow. So many wonderful memories of evenings hypnotized by the Welch-era Fleetwood Mac. Great stuff!
First song I ever bought in iTunes.

There's no explaining what your imagination can make you see and feel.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

He had some success in the late 70s as a solo act, based mainly on a re-recording of "Sentimental Lady".
I'd say he had about as much success as his talent warranted.
From Wiki:
On June 7, 2012, at the age of 66, Welch committed suicide in his Nashville home at around 12:15 p.m. He was found by his wife, Wendy, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest; a nine-page suicide note and love letter had been written to Wendy.
According to her, Welch had undergone spinal surgery three months earlier, but doctors told him that he would not fully recover.
He was in serious pain and he did not want his wife to have to care for an invalid.


 
Oh, I haven't known it. This was the best time of FM
 below72 wrote:
Bob Welsh - "he coulda been a contenda"
 
He had some success in the late 70s as a solo act, based mainly on a re-recording of "Sentimental Lady".
I'd say he had about as much success as his talent warranted.
From Wiki:
On June 7, 2012, at the age of 66, Welch committed suicide in his Nashville home at around 12:15 p.m. He was found by his wife, Wendy, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest; a nine-page suicide note and love letter had been written to Wendy.
According to her, Welch had undergone spinal surgery three months earlier, but doctors told him that he would not fully recover.
He was in serious pain and he did not want his wife to have to care for an invalid.

The real Fleetwood Mac before that pop duo joined the band.

....kidding...kind of.... 
Bob Welsh - "he coulda been a contenda" 
Christie Mc. lives a mark on every song she performs on. 
Thanks Bill reading Mick Fleetwood's autobiography he gets into this period of the bands history, quite interesting as this added a new sound to them, thanks for making RP always interesting. 
This one isn't on Spotify. Therefore I am always thrilled to hear it on RP.
Great song.
coloradojohn
(A Mile High and then some, Cherry Creek, Denver)
Posted: Jul 09, 2012 - 09:24
 

How well I can recall a journey made across the frozen Great Plains in a blizzard around Thanksgiving of '92, in the steady old smoothly purring '61 Impala; the special brownies were kicking in, the ex- who was then a new and mostly good wife was installed next to me calmly embroidering an exquisite lace tablecloth for my mother's coming birthday, and when this number came on, she said, "who is singing?" and I told her and she said that they were known in Mexico but not so much for this earlier stuff which she said that she really liked and I had to agree it was absolutely fabulous and was glad I'd known it when it broke. The ice flying by underneath us was slippery but navigable in The Long Iron Beast, and when they closed I-70 we drove on up to I-80 and with the help of such amazing music as this — we were well hypnotized as this album played through at least twice — made our way all the way over and then down to KC as planned. 17 hours later, on arrival, my eyes felt like someone had taken them out and rolled them across a machine-shop floor and my shoulders were tied in knots, but a long sleep put me right and ready to Feast like a Chieftain. Some of those people, things, and connections live on only in memories, but that's the way it is. RIP, Bob Welch, and Thanks!

Great writing coloradojohn!    great song   : )


excellent record bob welsh era
Best Fleetwood Mac song ever!
Sublime... a favorite.
Top best 5 FM songs ever!! Never tire of this one{#Bounce}{#Meditate}
Excellent song and outstanding album, but the first time I've ever heard Bill talk over an intro before! (?)
 kurtster wrote:
The Bob Welch era of FM, my most favorite of them all.

 

Indeed.  Such magic.  Makes me float.  He was not included when Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Music Hall of Fame.  Has he ever been included?  I see a petition was started out there but from my research don't see that he has actually been inducted.  That is a tragic "oversight". 
I like Fleetwood Mac more and more
 bruzote wrote:
Wow. I always thought this was Steely Dan because of the style. I should have noticed the voice didn't match. (Just shows how I don't know squat about Fleetwood Mac music that is not on either Rumors or that live album at GSAC ending with the USC marching band.)

 
Do yourself a big favor and get Kiln House, Bare Trees, and Mystery to Me to start with. This was my favorite FM era, next is earlier stuff. 
Never tire of it!  Thanks!
 treatment_bound wrote:
I used to see this album in LP cut-out bins (even after FM got mega-huge in the mid-70's) and I thought that the album cover really didn't do the band any favors in selling units.  It's atrocious!

 
yep.
Wow. I always thought this was Steely Dan because of the style. I should have noticed the voice didn't match. (Just shows how I don't know squat about Fleetwood Mac music that is not on either Rumors or that live album at GSAC ending with the USC marching band.)
I used to see this album in LP cut-out bins (even after FM got mega-huge in the mid-70's) and I thought that the album cover really didn't do the band any favors in selling units.  It's atrocious!
weird... a few hours ago I commented on a song that reminded me of this, which i haven't heard in ages. my favorite early FwdM song.
 kurtster wrote:
The Bob Welch era of FM, my most favorite of them all.

 
Indeed they made good music with him. Then it turned into that Buckingham/Nicks fiasco era with all the boo hoo break up songs.............yuck.{#No}
fantastic song!! 
 phlattop wrote:
Some songs evoke a time, a place and sometimes a mood. This one does for me almost in the same vein as Al Stewart's Year of The Cat.
This one has held its grip on me over the years in a way that Cat no longer does. Perhaps because my 13 year old will put that one on repeat several times in the car, but has no interest in Hypnotized.

8—->9

 
{#Yes}
Some songs evoke a time, a place and sometimes a mood. This one does for me almost in the same vein as Al Stewart's Year of The Cat.
This one has held its grip on me over the years in a way that Cat no longer does. Perhaps because my 13 year old will put that one on repeat several times in the car, but has no interest in Hypnotized.

8—->9
The Bob Welch era of FM, my most favorite of them all.
I love the reminder that Mystery and Wonder are still alive in a world of muggleheaded obstinancy
Wonder if this will be played on the new tour ... ;-)