The Chain. Sometimes when I hear it, I get a little sad. Maybe because it tells the story of a relationship that fell apart. Something that everyone can relate at one point in their lives.
This is one of the only songs credited to all members in the 1977 line-up. Everyone had some input in it’s composition – John McVie and Mick Fleetwood wrote the bass progression, Stevie Nicks wrote the lyrics (which were about Lindsey Buckingham), then she and Christine McVie reworked some of it to create the first section of the tune. Finally, Lindsey recycled the intro from an earlier song he recorded with Stevie called, “Lola (My Love)”, which was originally released in 1973.
“The Chain” was released in February 1977 from their album, Rumours. The album was a huge success and it stayed at the top of Billboard 200 for 31 consecutive weeks.
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…