I'm So Afraid

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"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)
Format Vinyl record
Recorded February 1975
Genre Hard rock
Length 4:22
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 Very Best of Fleetwood Mac
Released October 12, 2002 (US), 2009 (UK)
Recorded May 23, 1997
Genre Hard rock
Length 6:00
Label Warner Bros.
Writer Lindsey Buckingham
Producer Fleetwood Mac
Lindsey Buckingham
Keith Olsen
Richard Dashut
Ken Caillat
Greg Ladanyi
Elliot Scheiner
The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac 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. 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.[citation needed] 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.


The studio version of the song is in g natural minor, but live versions are usually in f natural minor.[1] On recent tours the song has been played in D minor.



  1. ^ Stephenson, Ken (2002). What to Listen for in Rock: A Stylistic Analysis, p.89. ISBN 978-0-300-09239-4.