I'm So Afraid
|"I'm So Afraid"|
|Single by Fleetwood Mac|
|from the album Fleetwood Mac|
|A-side||Over My Head|
|Released||September 1975 (USA) / Feb. 1976 (UK)|
|Producer(s)||Fleetwood Mac, Keith Olsen|
|Fleetwood Mac singles chronology|
|"I'm So Afraid (live)"|
|Song by Fleetwood Mac from the album The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac|
|Released||October 12, 2002 (US), 2009 (UK)|
|Recorded||May 23, 1997|
|The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac track listing|
The final track of the album, it was released as the B-side to the song "Over My Head". It was a hard rock song, quite atypical of Fleetwood Mac's songs (at least following the Peter Green era), but it quickly became a live staple, appearing as the concert finale to nearly all of their tours, often in a greatly extended form. It appeared on all live albums recorded after its release, with the longest version (on the album Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston) clocking in at 9:39, making it the longest officially released version of a Fleetwood Mac song following the Peter Green era, and the fourth longest overall. The live edition from The Dance was released in an edited form on US and 2009 release of the greatest hits compilation album The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac.
Buckingham also includes the song in his solo live performances, as well releasing versions on solo live albums Live at the Bass Performance Hall, Songs from the Small Machine: Live in L.A. and One Man Show. The song deals with themes of fear and paranoia.
This song is also featured on Fleetwood Mac Live, released December 8, 1980.
- Stephenson, Ken (2002). What to Listen for in Rock: A Stylistic Analysis, p.89. ISBN 978-0-300-09239-4.
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