Since debuting on rumours, “The Chain” became a favorite of Fleetwood Mac fans. This song was even referred to as Fleetwood Mac’s “alma mater” by Lindsey Buckingham’s ex-girlfriend, Carol Ann Harris. Here’s what we learned from it Storms: My Life with Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac.
Aside from being songwriters and musical partners, Buckingham and Nicks began a whirlwind romance even before joining Fleetwood Mac. Their relationship ended in the 1970s when Stevie Nicks began dating bandmate Mick Fleetwood.
In 1977, Buckingham met Carol Ann Harris. She later became his girlfriend and then fiancée, spending time with Fleetwood Mac while they rehearsed and recorded new music. That was around the time Rumors debuted Go Your Own Way, You Make Loving Fun, and The Chain.
Even people outside of Fleetwood Mac debated this band’s music and its influence. in the Storms: My Life with Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood MacHarris described her time alongside the rock group.
Much of Fleetwood Mac’s personal life was reflected in the music — though Buckingham was unfair in his portrayal of Nicks on Go Your Own Way. Harris said Nick’s songs about the relationship, including “Dreams,” are a lot “friendlier.” The author also credited “Don’t Stop” as a song full of hope by Christine McVie for tomorrow.
Harris concluded that the song that captured “the spirit” of Fleetwood Mac in their “endless rainy days” was “The Chain.” This is especially true because it is the only composition by all five band members.
“The magical credo of our binding organization and blood brotherhood was just that — ‘never break the chain,'” she wrote. “This song was an incantation. Over the years, when the mood peaked during rehearsals, Mick would start pounding the bass drum insistently and rhythmically.”
Harris went on to call “The Chain” Fleetwood Mac’s “alma mater” song. Of course, these artists have also branched out into solo music, with Nicks finding success with Edge of Seventeen.
According to Song Facts, “The Chain” could be interpreted in a variety of ways. Overall, this song is about the bond between the Fleetwood Mac members – Christine McVie, John McVie, Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood and Nicks.
“And if you do, then you don’t love me now,” says the refrain. “You’ll never love me again / I can still hear you say / You would never break the chain.”
“The Chain” remains a fan-favorite Fleetwood Mac track, which was later added to the band’s Greatest Hits album. As of October 2022, this song has over 750 million Spotify plays. The song even received a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.
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