Peacekeeper (Fleetwood Mac song)
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|Single by Fleetwood Mac|
|from the album Say You Will|
|Released||April 15, 2003|
|Producer(s)||Lindsey Buckingham and John Shanks|
|Fleetwood Mac singles chronology|
"Peacekeeper" was written in 2000, three years before the release of "Say You Will", in a house Buckingham was renting with his wife.
Like many of Buckingham's contributions on "Say You Will", "Peacekeeper" was originally going to appear on Buckingham's solo album, "Gift of Screws". However, Warner Bros told Buckingham to use all of his material for the upcoming Fleetwood Mac album instead. Warner Bros felt the song had the potential to become a hit, describing the song as "walking a line between something quite modern and something quite familiar". Warner Bros ultimately chose the song to become the album's first single.
"Peacekeeper" entered the US charts at #93 on March 29. On May 17, seven weeks later, the song peaked at #80. It would stay on the charts for a total of 11 weeks. In New Zealand, the single proved to be far more successful, racking up a respectable spot at #31 in the New Zealand Singles Chart. On the other hand, it failed to chart in the UK.
This was also the band's 25th, and most recent song to reach the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
The single version differs slightly from the album version, replacing the lyrics "only kill" with "break their will."  The latter lyrics are used when performed live.
When asked about the lyrics, he explained that the song had nothing to do with global issues or war, but was closing in on propaganda. In another interview, he would say; "...It's about how we are becoming increasingly desensitized to things around the world that are brutal and not standing up for human value..."
To promote their new album, "Say You Will", Fleetwood Mac performed the song on Late Night With David Letterman. The song was also included on their live album, "Live in Boston", and was performed on the Say You Will Tour, appearing on both setlists. "Peacekeeper" was one of the songs performed on "Sound Stage Presents – Lindsey Buckingham with Special Guest Stevie Nicks". The concert aired in 2005 on PBS. A live recording of the song was also included on the limited deluxe edition of "Say You Will".
- Lindsey Buckingham - guitars, percussion, vocals
- Stevie Nicks - vocals
- Mick Fleetwood - drums, percussion
- John McVie - bass guitar
- Additional Personnel
- Reprise CD single PR03903 (Warner)
- "Peacekeeper" (Single Remix) – 4:11
- "Peacekeeper" (Single Edit) – 3:42
|US Singles Chart||80|
|U.S. Adult Contemporary||10|
|US Adult Top 40||16|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||31|
|Dutch Singles Chart||100|
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