I'm So Afraid

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"I'm So Afraid"
Over My Head single.jpg
Single by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Fleetwood Mac
A-side "Over My Head"
Released September 1975 (US) / February 1976 (UK)
Format Vinyl record
Recorded February 1975
Genre Hard rock, psychedelic rock
Length 4:22
3:08 (Single remix)
Label Reprise
Writer(s) Lindsey Buckingham
Producer(s) Fleetwood Mac, Keith Olsen
Fleetwood Mac singles chronology
"Warm Ways"
"I'm So Afraid"
Fleetwood Mac track listing
"Sugar Daddy"
"I'm So Afraid"
"I'm So Afraid (Live)"
Song by Fleetwood Mac from the album The Dance
Released 19 August 1997 (The Dance)
12 October 2002 (US version of The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac)
2009 (UK version of said compilation)
Recorded 23 May 1997
Genre Hard rock
Length 7:45
6:01 (Compilation edit)
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Lindsey Buckingham/Benjamin Britten
Producer(s) Fleetwood Mac
Lindsey Buckingham
Keith Olsen
Richard Dashut
Ken Caillat
Greg Ladanyi
Elliot Scheiner
The Dance track listing
"Say You Love Me (Single edit)"
"I'm So Afraid (Live)"
"Silver Springs"

"I'm So Afraid" is a song written by Lindsey Buckingham for the British/American rock band Fleetwood Mac's tenth album, Fleetwood Mac.


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,[citation needed] often in a greatly extended form. The song was intended for a second Buckingham Nicks album, but was used for Fleetwood Mac instead.[1] It appeared on all live albums recorded after its release, including Live, The Dance, Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston, and on the 2015 box set of Tusk. The live edition from The Dance was released in an edited form on the 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. The main melody bears a strong resemblance to the melody of the song "This Little Babe" written by Benjamin Britten,[2] which is part of the suite A Ceremony of Carols, composed in 1942.


The studio version of the song is in G natural minor, but live versions are usually in F natural minor.[3] On recent tours the song has been played in D minor.



  1. ^ Fleetwood, Mick; Bozza, Anthony (October 2014). Play On: Now, Then & Fleetwood Mac. 1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10104: Little, Brown And Company. pp. 164, 169. ISBN 978-0-316-40342-9. 
  2. ^ http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/this-little-babe-sheet-music/4161877
  3. ^ Stephenson, Ken (2002). What to Listen for in Rock: A Stylistic Analysis, p.89. ISBN 978-0-300-09239-4.