"The Chain" as written by Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Christine Mcvie, John Mcvie and Lindsey Buckingham....
Listen to the wind blow, watch the sun rise
Run 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
You would never break the chain (Never break the chain)

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 (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
You would never break the chain (Never break the chain)

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 (Never break the chain)

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 (Never break the chain)

Chain keep us together, running in the shadow
Chain keep us together, running in the shadow
Chain keep us together, running in the shadow
Chain keep us together, running in the shadow
Chain keep us together, running in the shadow
Chain


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"The Chain" as written by Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Christine Mcvie, John Mcvie, Lindsey Buckingham

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  • +5
    General Commentthe chain = marriage. Powerful stuff
    arekon November 24, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is about sick immature love, yet love nontheless. It's about playing games such as acting hard to get, cheating, lies, making them jealous, abuse, hurting your love in the name of low self-esteem, This is about dirty love, toxic love, tainted love, poisonous. Not a good and honest wholesome love.

    It's about a negative/bad relationship that you just cannot end no matter how hard you want to, because "your chained together." Maybe the sex is good ? Maybe one person controls the other economically or they are married and have children.

    It's about hell on earth.
    cindyljoanon September 18, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is such a beautiful composition. The harmonies are masterfully put together and the lyrics just bluntly demonstrate the emotional longing between Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.
    tpdog86on August 16, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIf you ever read Rumors Exposed you will know that this is the only song that all the members of Fleetwood Mac could put aside creative differences and record so perfectly. Great read and song!
    sweetpoeton April 22, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is amazing.

    My favorite line has to be "damn your love, damn your lies." What a swift and precise kick in the gut.
    cherujon November 12, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe way this song came about is pretty interesting. John McVie had created the famous bass line which you hear the second half of the song. But that was all they had. Stevie Nicks added the lyrics, which she had written while she and Lyndsey Buckingham performed together before they came to Fleetwood Mac. From there, everybody contributed. The "backwoodsy" guitar solo and drum beat at the beginning were Lyndsey's work. This is really the only song from the Rumours album where everyone from the band contributed. Good stuff.

    When performed live, it seemed like Lyndsey and Stevie were having a screaming match when Lyndsey would repeat the lyrics after Stevie. Crazy.
    rlschulton September 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwonderfull peice of music especialy the last bit
    jefrotullon January 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdamn man

    "What a swift and precise kick in the gut."

    That's about the best thing I've heard this month.
    cmw000on December 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe best break-up song of all time.
    amymonkeyon October 07, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI feel this song is more about a relationship or friendship on the verge of collapse and someone's attempts to stop it as opposed to a hateful goodbye. Things are going bad and they tell their partner that they must work to keep their bond. I think the end lines are actually " Chains keep us together, running through the shadows" the shadows are dark times when they are running blindly through struggles, the chain may be oppressive but they need each other.

    They've argued ("listen to the wind blow") and are tired of it but the chorus reminds them that this could be the end so keep this anger smothered. They may be at odds but they know that the chain keeping them together is important . Persevere and they may rebuild their relationship or friendship back to its former glory.
    Socal95on May 15, 2013   Link

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