The production of “The Chain” was a a band effort, with each member contributing parts, melodies, and words, for a couple of reasons; the song is based on a jam session that the musicians had, and developed over time, and additionally, most instruments were never recorded at the same time, and so the song was completed via overdubbing in various locations. It has come to symbolize a complicated and deep relationship, where a couple is constantly in turmoil, yet they feel, rather than face the music and end it, they should take a moment to remind each other about ‘the Chain’ they are a part of, in order to bury the problems, with the mutual understanding that they should work it out instead. They really don’t want to experience the pain associated with ending the relationship, and the current spat could actually turn into a real break-up – the arrangement really sounds like this scenario, and the back and forth between Nicks and Buckingham sounds like a spat in progress. Foolish as it may seem, they hope to return things to where they used to be. This will remind people out there of relationship ‘poison’ where one lover will say to the other ‘hard fought relationships are the ones that need to be kept’, though this framing often comes with endless sacrifice and hardship. Perhaps the characters here are dealing with infidelity that is right in their face, and so they argue, symbolically expressed by the ‘wind’ in this passage; “Listen to the wind blow, watch the sun rise, running in the shadows, damn your love, damn your lies.” The lyrics are poetic, metaphysical, and repetitive, giving the jam a trance like quality; “And if you don't love me now, you will never love me again, I can still hear you saying, you would never break the chain (Never break the chain).” Even the vocals wail like a storm, and the overall feeling is one of beautifully expressed frustration, rather than a positive support for working a relationship out. The chain represent undying love, sure, but also the burden of emotional bondage.
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"The Chain" is a song by the British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, released on their critically acclaimed, best-selling album Rumours. It is the only song from the album credited to all five members (Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood).