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 (US) / February 1976 (UK)|
|Genre||Hard rock, psychedelic rock|
3:08 (Single remix)
|Producer(s)||Fleetwood Mac, Keith Olsen|
|Fleetwood Mac singles chronology|
|"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|
6:01 (Compilation edit)
|Writer(s)||Lindsey Buckingham/Benjamin Britten|
|The Dance 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. The song was intended for a second Buckingham Nicks album, but was used for Fleetwood Mac instead. 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, which is part of the suite A Ceremony of Carols, composed in 1942.
- Mick Fleetwood – drums
- John McVie – bass guitar
- Christine McVie – organ
- Lindsey Buckingham – electric guitars, acoustic guitar, lead vocals
- Stevie Nicks - backup vocals
- 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.
- Stephenson, Ken (2002). What to Listen for in Rock: A Stylistic Analysis, p.89. ISBN 978-0-300-09239-4.
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