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Fleetwood Mac — The Chain
Album: Rumours
Avg rating:
8.2

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Total ratings: 1454









Released: 1977
Length: 4:19
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Listen to the wind blow
Watch the sun rise
Running in the shadows
Damn your love, damn your lies

And if you don't love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying
We would never break the chain
And if you don't love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying
We would never break the chain

Listen to the wind blow
Down comes the night
Running in the shadows
Damn your love, damn your lies
Break the silence
Damn the dark, damn the light

And if you don't love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying
We would never break the chain
And if you don't love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying
We would never break the chain
And if you don't love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying
We would never break the chain

Chain, keep us together (Running in the shadows)
Chain, keep us together (Running in the shadows)
Chain, keep us together (Running in the shadows)
Chain, keep us together (Running in the shadows)
Chain, keep us together...
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Went to rate this a 9.  Saw that I already had.  At least I'm consistent!

And somehow I missed this on classic rock stations back in the day.  My only memories of this are from borrowing my brother's vinyl copy and cranking it up on my little stereo set.  The guitar and bass lines in this are crazy haunting.
For a great analysis of the music behind this as well as 'Dreams', listen to:

https://strongsongspodcast.com...
Lindsey Rules...Have fun with this...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWgApS...
Crank up the volume and the rating to an awesome 10 plus😎
The pinnacle for this incarnation of the band. Fittingly, all 5 were listed as songwriters though I think it's probably Lindsey's at heart.
Even as overplayed as this was - It's still a great song.
 junebaby65 wrote:


I can understand your comment.  Most of the smart ass comments here miss the point.  This cut is kind of overplayed on Classic Rock stations so it can be argued that it should not be here, but it's a great tune from a great, classic release so I like hearing it here.  
 
Yeah.  Easy solution.  Don't listen to those *** stations.  Stay right here.
 kcar wrote:
Is this a remixed/remastered version or am I just hearing different things because I'm listening with Apple earbuds?

One of those songs that defines the 70s for me. It got endless airplay back in the day but it's still awesome. When Fleetwood Mac was on they were incredible. 
 
Sounds the same to me.
Is this a remixed/remastered version or am I just hearing different things because I'm listening with Apple earbuds?

One of those songs that defines the 70s for me. It got endless airplay back in the day but it's still awesome. When Fleetwood Mac was on they were incredible. 
It was such a joyful discovery, when I realized that the intro of Radcliffe and Maconie's "The Chain" segment on BBC Radio 6 comes from this song.
Unfortunately, I am no longer able to listen to this song without hearing the voiceover ("the longest listener-generated thematically linked sequence of musically based items on the radio") in my head. 
Gotta give this one a 9 for being one of the strangest songs ever... for a f-ed up 16 year old. 
This was SO well picked as the score for the final fightscene in Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2.Still kinda gives me them 'gerseberhmps' :-)


 Tomasni wrote: 
I concur. Tack.

I think   Fleetwood Mac

The Chain
is 8 - Most Excellent


I was a big fan of theirs in mid career, roomie in college 76 had a turntable and 3 albums and was so excited that they were teaming with B&N. a year later they just exploded onto the airwaves.  Some people didn't know the band had a very long history. Peter Green and mid career is still my favorite period tho FM and Rumors were spectacular albums.

Oh an my roomie in Denver hung out at a bar  because he was tall, tho under age, he helped Fleetwood Mac unload their equipment and set up 3 times when they came thru town.  They thanked him by getting him loaded.  But he sure had a smile on his face, tho playing everything straight by that time.  I myself had never had a puff. Straight laced family and all, I just didn't get the stoner humor at the time.
 

That base line, motoGP at 7am on a Sunday morning in front of the telly in my pyjamas back in the 80s. Who else was there?
I'm always going to think of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 whenever I hear this song.
At the time this was all over the radio, I was working at a Japanese restaurant, and I always loved the koto-sounding strings in this one!
I think I only ever listened to this whole album on an 8-track, with a couple of high school friends on a car-camping trip, just left it on to loop and loop, and it changed tracks during this song... so we'd wind up skipping it altogether. So decades later I finally heard the 1-note solo.
 dwhayslett wrote:

No, it can't, for several reasons.

 
Rightly left unsaid, lest an argument develops.
 junebaby65 wrote:


... so it can be argued that it should not be here ...

 
No, it can't, for several reasons.
 grant wrote:
There's a great VH1 "Classic Albums" program on Rumors . . . where they dissect each track and explain how the song was recorded and assembled.  It's clear from that show, which features interviews with members of the band, that this was the product of some very creative, but tortured souls.  It seems that the demise of personal relationships, alcohol and drugs played a significant role in not only the lyrics, but the very musical fabric of the album.

 
This segment is also available streaming on Netflix.
Amazing how many "American Idol Syndrome"  critics have to blather on about their dislikes.

meanwhile, pretty good song from a great band 
 1977  michaelc wrote:
make it stop please, please make it stop.

I get nightmares of this song being played over and over again.
wait that's not a nightmare that was 1978.

 


make it stop please, please make it stop.

I get nightmares of this song being played over and over again.
wait that's not a nightmare that was 1978.
 Nala wrote:
This is not very RP

 

I can understand your comment.  Most of the smart ass comments here miss the point.  This cut is kind of overplayed on Classic Rock stations so it can be argued that it should not be here, but it's a great tune from a great, classic release so I like hearing it here.  
Just a great album from beginning to end.
 grant wrote:
There's a great VH1 "Classic Albums" program on Rumors . . . where they dissect each track and explain how the song was recorded and assembled.  It's clear from that show, which features interviews with members of the band, that this was the product of some very creative, but tortured souls.  It seems that the demise of personal relationships, alcohol and drugs played a significant role in not only the lyrics, but the very musical fabric of the album.

 
I really enjoy that show. Fun to find out all the technical and personal details about what was going on for albums like "Night at the Opera" and "Who's Next".

And this one too.
 grant wrote:
There's a great VH1 "Classic Albums" program on Rumors . . . where they dissect each track and explain how the song was recorded and assembled.  It's clear from that show, which features interviews with members of the band, that this was the product of some very creative, but tortured souls.  It seems that the demise of personal relationships, alcohol and drugs played a significant role in not only the lyrics, but the very musical fabric of the album.

 
The recipe for many a rock and roll album and band: the heights of creativity, the depths of it, and the end of it. See Layla, Abbey Road, et al. 
Nala, you must be new here. This is very RP and why most of us love it.

Nala wrote:
This is not very RP

 




Everybody in my churches loves this song...
 
There's a great VH1 "Classic Albums" program on Rumors . . . where they dissect each track and explain how the song was recorded and assembled.  It's clear from that show, which features interviews with members of the band, that this was the product of some very creative, but tortured souls.  It seems that the demise of personal relationships, alcohol and drugs played a significant role in not only the lyrics, but the very musical fabric of the album.
And F1 started this weekend.
Song brings back good memories of seeing them on tour for this album at Mile High Stadium - Denver
They rocked it that day!!! 
 Nala wrote:
This is not very RP
 
You've somehow gotten the wrong impression of the neighborhood.

Magnificent song that absolutely belongs here.


Liked most of FM's output.  In all its iterations.
 Nala wrote:
This is not very RP
 

It is definitely worthy of RP
This is not very RP
Even though he wasn't in the band at this time,,,,,,RIP Bob Welch 
 phlattop wrote:
Amazing how this band changed so much over the years. Best song this particular lineup did.
 
Agreed! Always loved this song
Turn up the pot, bill..
https://www.fleetwoodmac.net/fwm/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=34&Itemid=47

 Is just a great and very interesting history of the connections in and to F.M.  From the Bluesbreakers/Clapton
to Green and Savoy Brown "Black Magic Woman" on to Buckingham and all before 1975. Great music/band history.

Wow— Gillian Welch "Scarlet Town" lead into this one beautifully!  Way to go, Bill.


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
 mandolin wrote:
"This...is Formula One."


 



Another season in the books. March can't come soon enough.
 apd wrote:
"...approaching the corner at th-AND JAMES. HUNT. HAS. SPUN. OFF!!!"
 



Yeah!
This song will always mean Formula 1 on the BBC for me.
Naboo!  NABOO!

What?!

Were you in a shamanic trance?

No...just listening to Fleetwood Mac...
Amazing how this band changed so much over the years. Best song this particular lineup did.


This song takes me back to the day I first bought the album and took it over to a friend's house, where a bunch of us gathered after school to listen to it and smoke pot...  it was profound...

I catch a buzz just hearing this song right now...  it is as good as ever...  love it...




We be dancing...  love it...

 
 vluvlu wrote:
I cannot tell you how much I hate this group.  They stink....always have, always will.
 
They were actually quite good before Bob Welch left, and SHE and HE (names unmentionable in my home) ruined the band.
Now this is rich, well produced, and still soulfully crafted music. Never tire of some F.M.

Bill should follow this with Hey by Pixies.


 PeeBee wrote:
Listen to the bass! {#Bananajam}
 
And Mick on the drums!  It might be just a 4 or 5 today, but at the time......



Fantastic...  I remember hearing this live...  time flies when we're having fun...

 
I have tried to learn to like Fleetwood Mac, but failed. Some good things going on, but some bad things ruining it. Rated a 4 for Acceptable (no need to shut it off at least). :)

And it's over now. :P
 vluvlu wrote:

I'm with you!

 
Finally, people with taste who understand.

 bbHappy wrote:
{#Rolleyes} Quick, turn the volume down! Somebody tell me when it's over.
 
I'm with you!

I cannot tell you how much I hate this group.  They stink....always have, always will.
Still holds up very well IMHO
I love this song so much
Listen to the bass! {#Bananajam}
 ortallcowgirl wrote:

I am only 28 and I am thoroughly in love with Fleetwood mac!  I have been listening to this song since I was a kiddy!  Memories of listening to the tape in my mom's car and singing really loud!


 

I am 57 and play this and other Fleetwood Mac tunes for my daughter...memories of my youth also growing up in New Mexico.


This song is soooo good...  love it...

 

I am only 28 and I am thoroughly in love with Fleetwood mac!  I have been listening to this song since I was a kiddy!  Memories of listening to the tape in my mom's car and singing really loud!


...woohoo montreal qualifying tomorrow!..



This song is seminal for its time...  love it...


Very far from my usual taste but so extremely well carried out and consequent that it cannot be ignored :) (8)
 Wisecrowe wrote:

Soooo damn good, the song and the album, start to finish.{#Whistle}


 

I agree...  this song is fantastic...  love the whole album...


{#Rolleyes} Quick, turn the volume down! Somebody tell me when it's over.

Soooo damn good, the song and the album, start to finish.{#Whistle}



And if you don't love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying
you would never break the chain


"...approaching the corner at th-AND JAMES. HUNT. HAS. SPUN. OFF!!!"


This is an awesome song... the whole band wrote it...




Man, this whole album is so good...


Look out the F1 coverage just started
 E_A_D_G wrote:
As perfect a pop tune as was ever created. Palpable tension. Bass bridge intro nails it.
 

Well said.

A desert island tune if there ever was one.

10.

LOVE listening to this song loud {#Yell}or through headphones{#Music}, because you can hear Lindsey keeping time during some of the quiter places when the instruments stop. You'd never get that nowadays, everythings cleaned up so much and perfect that you lose the little human touches that make them warm. I usually don't pay much attention to base playing through out a song, but John's here kicks you in the teeth and says listen to me bub!{#Bananajam} I love it. Excellent album! Rock on F.M.!!




I just saw Fleetwood Mac in Phoenix this last Sunday. They still rock! Lindsay Buckingham's guitar work has gotten better, if you can believe that. And John McVie' bass line in this song reverberated both the stadium and Soul.




This song is so good for the ears...


"This...is Formula One."


I had a pal in the military. He was moody, violent when drunk, and unpredictable. But the moment this album would come on he'd go into a trance and purr like a cat.
 kaybee wrote:
What an excellent album this is!
 

Yeah, it is... and I love this song...


What an excellent album this is!
It must have been such a great party, hanging out with this band in their prime.
Brings back memories of high school.


Great song, from one of the all-time greatest albums...


What a catharsis this must have been for them, in the midst of all the emotional turmoil created by 2 breakups among band members. That they used those swirling emotions to create this wonderful album is a testament to the power of art and that, when it is at its zenith, it emanates from a place  deep inside.    

 inindian wrote:


Balls, of course!
 
And why do think Stevie is crawling all over him.....hint, hint.

 bookishbitty wrote:
what are those little bally things hanging on Mick's pants on the cover? i've always wondered...
 

Balls, of course!


This is a great song, from such a great album...


E_A_D_G wrote:
As perfect a pop tune as was ever created. Palpable tension. Bass bridge intro nails it.
Couldn't have said it better. :clap:
I fail to understand how two people could have rated this a 1.
apd wrote:
Say what you like about Rumours, and the whole MOR horridness that it spawned, but Buckingham is a demon-god guitar player. Good singer, too. And the chicks dig him. Sunnuva..
Not my Ex:
"He looks like he sucks his socks. Yep. Definately a sock-sucker, that one."
The musical stuff yeah. He's almost discouragingly good...
Great Song...Great Album...and one of the best album covers of all time!
Say what you like about Rumours, and the whole MOR horridness that it spawned, but Buckingham is a demon-god guitar player. Good singer, too. And the chicks dig him. Sunnuva..
As perfect a pop tune as was ever created. Palpable tension. Bass bridge intro nails it.
keller1 wrote:
Still wish the alpha descriptor for 10 was something other than "godlike", but no question this tune is a 10.
how about perfect? i gave a 10 yesterday because I felt the track was perfect
Still wish the alpha descriptor for 10 was something other than "godlike", but no question this tune is a 10.
Break the chain..... please
More Cowbell!
Pazzat wrote:
The association with Top Gear and all that car porno has almost ruined this song for me.
Treehuggers, who'd have them? :wink:
Wolfette wrote:
And if you ever saw BBC1's Formula One grand prix coverage in the 80's & 90's, you'll understand why I associate the bass line with fast cars!
The association with Top Gear and all that car porno has almost ruined this song for me. I'll try to get over it, becuase it's a gorgeous bassline - simple enough to imitate, impossible to emulate.
Thanks for the insight into this classic song, Wolfette. The version on 'Dance' is killer, LB is on fire.
Amazing song. Reminds me of a drive back home from Shreveport in May '85.
Epic, Iconic. As good as it got during the B/N era.
I always found the potential interplay between this song and Nicks' and Buckingham's real-life relationship to be most intriguing. There was some good amount of bitterness between the two of them at one point after their falied on-again off-again romance/sexual relationship/whatever, wasn't there?
what are those little bally things hanging on Mick's pants on the cover? i've always wondered...
Damn the dark Damn the light I've been there.
Classic Classic Classic 'The Chain' originated as a song of Christine's called 'Butter Cookie (Keep Me There)'. The beginning wasn't what they wanted, but they loved Mick and John's ending. So, they counted back from the bass line, and used the kick-drum as a metronome. Stevie gave them the lyrics for the verses, Lindsey & Christine wrote the music and the chorus, Lindsey added the guiter over the ending, and 'The Chain' as we know it was born! And if you ever saw BBC1's Formula One grand prix coverage in the 80's & 90's, you'll understand why I associate the bass line with fast cars!
Have heard some cover versions of this on RP, but none come close to the original. Everything good about Fleetwood Mac is apparent in this one song.
Wasn\'t this about the only song on that album that didn\'t become a hit single? Still sounds kinda fresh, for that reason.