Peacekeeper (Fleetwood Mac song)

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Single by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Say You Will
Released April 15, 2003
Format CD single
Recorded 2003
Genre Rock
Length 4:12
Label Reprise
Writer(s) Lindsey Buckingham
Producer(s) Lindsey Buckingham and John Shanks
Fleetwood Mac singles chronology
"Landslide" (live)
"Say You Will"

"Peacekeeper" is a song by Fleetwood Mac, written by guitarist and vocalist Lindsey Buckingham, from the 2003 album Say You Will. It was the first and most successful single released from the album.


"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.[1][2] 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." [3] 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..."

Other Appearances[edit]

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.[4] "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".


Additional Personnel

Track listing[edit]

Reprise CD single PR03903 (Warner)[5]
  1. "Peacekeeper" (Single Remix) – 4:11
  2. "Peacekeeper" (Single Edit) – 3:42

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
US Singles Chart 80
U.S. Adult Contemporary 10[6]
US Adult Top 40 16
New Zealand Singles Chart 31
Dutch Singles Chart 100


  1. ^ ""Peacekeeper" at". Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ " by Fleetwood Mac". Retrieved 8/10/13. 
  3. ^ "Peacekeeper". Retrieved 6/11/13. 
  4. ^ "Average Setlists of year: 2003". Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Fleetwood Mac - Peacekeeper (song)". Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Say You Will > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-03-08.