Say You Love Me

Album: Fleetwood Mac (1975)
Charted: 40 11
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Songfacts®:

  • Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac wrote this song and sang lead. She had a real talent for writing catchy love songs that bring a smile to your face - drummer Mick Fleetwood said she "always finds such novel ways to say 'I love you.'" In "Say You Love Me," she's looking forward to a night alone with her guy. At the time, she was married to John McVie, the bass player in the group. They split the following year.
  • Like most of Christine McVie's memorable songs, this one came to her quickly. She wrote it in 1974 in the apartment she and John shared in Malibu, California. Christine had an electric piano and a view of the Pacific Ocean.
  • "Say You Love Me" is part of Fleetwood Mac's 1975 self-titled album, their first with new additions Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. According to Christine McVie, it was one of the first songs they rehearsed together, and it was magic, especially when Buckingham came in on the harmonies. She knew this new lineup would be special, and she was right. In the previous few years the band went through different lineups, none of which delivered at the box office. The Fleetwood Mac album went to #1 in America and contained other classics like "Rhiannon" and "Landslide."
  • The song was a live favorite for the band, always a crowd pleaser. When they were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2002, it was one of three songs they performed (along with "Landslide" and "Big Love").
  • When Fleetwood Mac reconvened for their The Dance tour in 1997, Lindsey Buckingham worked up a new arrangement of "Say You Love Me," playing the intro on a 5-string banjo to give is a folksy, bluegrass feel.

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