Say You Will (album)

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Say You Will
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Studio album by
Released15 April 2003
Recorded1995–1997, Summer 2001-Fall 2002
Fleetwood Mac chronology
The Dance
Say You Will
Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston
Singles from Say You Will
  1. "Peacekeeper"
    Released: 15 April 2003
  2. "Say You Will"
    Released: 24 June 2003
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune(Mixed)[3]
Entertainment Weekly(Mixed)[4]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[5]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[7]

Say You Will is the 17th and most recent studio album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, released on 15 April 2003. It was the band's first studio album since 1995's Time and the first without vocalist/keyboardist Christine McVie, who had left the band in 1998 although McVie made some brief appearances on the album. Lindsey Buckingham took over primary keyboard duties for the album and Stevie Nicks added some limited additional keyboard parts.

The album would also be the band's final album with Buckingham, who was fired from Fleetwood Mac in 2018, although he would participate in their online-only release, 2013's Extended Play.

Say You Will was the first studio Fleetwood Mac album to peak in the top 3 in the US since 1982's Mirage.[8] The album debuted at No. 3 with sales of 218,000, spent two months within the top 40, and was certified Gold by the RIAA in July 2003 for 500,000 copies shipped in the US.

A limited edition version of the album was issued at the same time, featuring two live tracks ("Peacekeeper" and "Say You Will"), two additional studio tracks (Nicks' "Not Make Believe" and Buckingham's cover of Bob Dylan's "Love Minus Zero/No Limit"), an expanded booklet and poster.


Soon after the release of Time, Billy Burnette and Bekka Bramlett departed to form the country duo Bekka & Billy. Rather than continuing on, the band instead opted to disband. By 1997, the Rumours lineup agreed to perform again for an MTV Unplugged special. Following the successful reunion album, The Dance, which included a live performance of "Bleed to Love Her",[9] Christine McVie left the band, citing her fear of flying as the primary reason for her departure.[10]

In the early 2000s, Buckingham was finishing up a solo album, but got a call from Warner Bros to work on a Fleetwood Mac studio album instead. Buckingham agreed and set aside a large portion of his songs for Say You Will, with Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Christine McVie on drums, bass and keyboards, respectively.[11] To round out the album, Nicks brought in some new material along with some leftovers from previous albums.[9] One of those songs, "Smile at You", dates back to the Tusk sessions in 1979, but was entirely rerecorded for Say You Will.[12]

Track listing[edit]

1."What's the World Coming To?"Lindsey Buckingham, Julian Raymond3:48
2."Murrow Turning Over in His Grave"Buckingham4:12
3."Illume (9-11)"Stevie Nicks4:51
4."Thrown Down"Nicks4:02
6."Red Rover"Buckingham3:58
7."Say You Will"Nicks3:49
9."Come"Buckingham, Neale Heywood5:59
10."Smile at You"Nicks4:33
11."Running Through the Garden"Nicks, Ray Kennedy, Gary Nicholson4:34
12."Silver Girl"Nicks3:59
13."Steal Your Heart Away"Buckingham3:33
14."Bleed to Love Her"Buckingham4:06
15."Everybody Finds Out"Nicks, Rick Nowels4:29
16."Destiny Rules"Nicks4:26
17."Say Goodbye"Buckingham3:26
18."Goodbye Baby"Nicks3:52
Deluxe edition bonus disc
1."Love Minus Zero/No Limit"Bob Dylan4:11
2."Not Make Believe"Nicks4:28
3."Peacekeeper" (Live from Sessions@AOL)Buckingham4:16
4."Say You Will" (Live from Sessions@AOL)Nicks3:50


  • "Bleed to Love Her" was previously available on The Dance as a live version.


Fleetwood Mac

Additional musicians

  • Christine McVie – hammond organ, keyboards on "Steal Your Heart Away", backing vocals on "Bleed to Love Her" and "Steal Your Heart Away"
  • Sheryl Crow – Hammond organ and backing vocals on "Say You Will" and "Silver Girl"
  • Jamie Muhoberac – hammond organ on "Come"
  • John Pierce – bass guitar (verses) on "Steal Your Heart Away"
  • John Shanks – additional keyboards on "What's the World Coming To" and additional guitar on "Peacekeeper"
  • Dave Palmer – piano on "Steal Your Heart Away"
  • Jessica James Nicks, Molly McVie, Madelyne Felsch – backing vocals on "Say You Will"


Charts and certifications[edit]

Music promo videos[edit]

Music videos were shot for "Peacekeeper" and "Say You Will", both of these videos were stage performances of both songs. Neither of these videos are commercially available.


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