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Say You Love Me
    Authors »
Christine McVie

    Year Written »
1975

    Lyrics »

Have mercy, baby on a poor girl like me,
You know I'm falling, falling, falling at your feet,
I'm tingling right from my head to my toes,
So help me, help me, help me make the feeling go.

'Cause when the loving starts, and the lights go down,
And there's not another living soul around,
Then you woo me until the sun comes up,
And you say that you love me.

Have pity baby,
Just when I thought it was over,
Now you got me running, running, running for cover.
I'm begging you for a little sympathy,
'Cause if you use me again it'll be the end of me.

'Cause when the loving starts, and the lights go down,
And there's not another living soul around,
Then you woo me until the sun comes up,
And you say that you love me.

Baby, baby, hope you're gonna stay away,
'Cause I'm getting weaker, weaker everyday,
I guess I'm not as strong as I used to be,
And if you use me again it'll be the end of me.

'Cause when the loving starts, and the lights go down,
And there's not another living soul around,
Then you woo me until the sun comes up,
And you say that you love me.

Fallin' fallin' fallin
Fallin' fallin' fallin

    Fan Interpretation »

Contributors to this interpretation included: Joanne, blackcat, Jessica, Alexa, and Laura.

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When looking at Christine McVieís attempts at love in life, she does not have a perfect record. A lot of Christineís songs reflect the love she is feeling despite the pain of loneliness and rejection. "Say You Love Me" is a perfect example. Christineís relationship with her husband John McVie is starting to get rocky and she is beginning to wonder if she is gaining as much as she is losing. All she really needs is for John to tell her he loves her.

Have mercy, baby, on a poor girl like me
You know Iím falling, falling, falling at your feet
Iím tingling right from my head to my toes
So help me, help me, help me make the feeling go

Christine knows she loves John, to such an extent that sheíd do anything for him. Christine has a feeling of uneasiness and anger because John is not expressing his love for her. She wants John to use his love to make the feelings go.

Cause when the loving starts and the lights go down
And thereís not another living soul around
Then you woo me up till the sun comes up
And you say that you love me

Christine needed John to tell her he loved her. No one needed to be around. Pressures within the band were growing and John was changing and treating Chris differently and not in a way she liked. Christine felt they both had to put the band aside and focus on each other.

Have pity, baby
Just when I thought it was over
Now you got me running, running, running for cover
Iím begging you for a little sympathy
Cause if you use me again it will be the end of me

Christine wants John to see what heís doing to her and love her. She doesnít want to have to deal with hurt and rejection. She needs John to see that and love her and not treat her badly. She is beginning to lose the strength that keeps her loving John.

Baby, baby hope youíre gonna stay away
Cause Iím getting weaker, weaker, weaker everyday
I guess Iím not as strong as I used to be
And if you use me again itíll be the end of me

Christine is, in a way, giving John a warning. She is basically telling him that she canít take him anymore and their relationship wonít last much longer if John doesnít erase the hurt he has caused.

Falliní, falliní, falliní
Falliní, falliní, falliní

This can be looked at in two ways. Christine is continuing to fall in love with John. She is also falling out of love with John. The way this is sung seems to say that it isnít exactly a bad thing, but itís a thing she is sure of. "Say You Love Me" sets the tone for many of Christineís upcoming songs. In many ways it is like "Over My Head", a song of a person in a hurtful relationship. Songs such as "Never Make Me Cry," "Never Forget," and "Over and Over" have the same theme as well. The title of this song is the message in many of Christineís songs. Say you love me!

(The interpretations to these lyrics were compiled through discussions on the message boards of the Penguin, The Ledge. It is entirely possible that the artists had something completely different in mind.)

    Tabs »
Originally from the album Fleetwood Mac, this version from The Dance


Capo 2

Verse 1
G						
Have mercy, baby, on a poor girl like me
						   G
You know Im falling, falling, falling at your feet

Im tingling right from head to my toes
	D					     G
So Help me, help me, help me make the feeling go

Chorus:
	 	    Em C   G	 	    C	       G
Cause when the loving   starts and the lights go down
	Em		D  G
And theres not another soul around
         Em C   G	   C	       G
You woo me until the sun comes up
	  Em	 D	       G
And you say      that you love me

Pretty baby, just when I thought it was over
And now youve got me running, running, running for cover
Im begging you for a little sympathy
If he sees me again itll be the end of me

Chorus

Middle Chords:  Am7   D    Am7   D   Am7    D    G
(Dont want to talk about it)
(Dont want to think about it)
(Dont want to think about it anyway)

So baby baby, hope youre gonna stay away
Cause Im getting weaker, weaker every day
I guess Im not as strong as I used to be
Oh, and if he sees me again itll be the end of me

Chorus:
	 	    Em C   G	 	    C	       G
Cause when the loving   starts and the lights go down
	Em		D  G
And theres not another soul around
         Em C   G	   C	       G
You woo me until the sun comes up
	  Em	 D	       G
And you say      that you love me

Chorus AGAIN:
	 	    Em C   G	 	    C	       G
Cause when the loving   starts and the lights go down
	Em		D  G
And theres not another soul around
         Em C   G	   C	       G
You woo me until the sun comes up
	  Em	 D	       G
And you say      that you love me
	  Em	 D	       G
And you say      that you love me

	  Em	 D	       C		G
And you say      that you love me

G
Falling Falling Falling (four times)


    Performances »
Performance #1:
Date Performance 1975-00-00
Running Time 4:03
Sound Clip Listen.
Performers Lindsey Buckingham (Electric Guitar), Lindsey Buckingham (Banjo), Christine McVie (Piano), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), John McVie (Bass), Christine McVie (Vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (Background Vocals), Christine McVie (Background Vocals), Keith Olsen (Produced By), Fleetwood Mac (Produced By), Lindsey Buckingham (Produced By), Mick Fleetwood (Produced By), John McVie (Produced By), Christine McVie (Produced By), Stevie Nicks (Produced By)
Comments(Single Version) Chart: Billboard US Hot 100 Singles Peak Position: 11 Peak Dates: Sep 18, 1976 - Sep 25, 1976 - Oct 2, 1976 Weeks on Charts: 19 Chart: Billboard UK Top 50/40 Singles Peak Position: 40 Peak Dates: Dec 4, 1976 Weeks on Charts: 4
Appears On
25 Years: The Chain (1992)
Fleetwood Mac
Performance #2:
Date Performance 1997-06-00
Running Time 5:00
Sound Clip Listen.
Performers Stevie Nicks (Vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (Banjo), Lindsey Buckingham (Vocals), Christine McVie (Keyboards), Christine McVie (Vocals), John McVie (Bass), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), Brett Tuggle (Keyboards), Brett Tuggle (Guitars), Brett Tuggle (Background Vocals), Neale Heywood (Guitar), Neale Heywood (Background Vocals), Lenny Castro (Percussion), Sharon Celani (Background Vocals), Mindy Stein (Background Vocals), John McVie (Vocals)
Appears On
The Dance (1997)
Fleetwood Mac
Performance #3:
Date Performance 1975-00-00
Running Time 4:10
Sound Clip Listen.
Performers Christine McVie (Keyboards), Christine McVie (Vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (Guitars), Stevie Nicks (Background Vocals), John McVie (Bass), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), Lindsey Buckingham (Background Vocals), Christine McVie (Synthesizer), Mick Fleetwood (Percussion), Keith Olsen (Produced By), Fleetwood Mac (Produced By), Lindsey Buckingham (Produced By), Mick Fleetwood (Produced By), John McVie (Produced By), Christine McVie (Produced By), Stevie Nicks (Produced By)
Appears On
Fleetwood Mac (1975)
Fleetwood Mac
The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac (2002)
Fleetwood Mac
Performance #4:
Date Performance 1997-06-00
Running Time 5:00
Sound Clip Listen.
Performers Stevie Nicks (Vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (Banjo), Lindsey Buckingham (Vocals), Christine McVie (Keyboards), Christine McVie (Vocals), John McVie (Bass), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), Brett Tuggle (Keyboards), Brett Tuggle (Guitars), Brett Tuggle (Background Vocals), Neale Heywood (Guitar), Neale Heywood (Background Vocals), Lenny Castro (Percussion), Sharon Celani (Background Vocals), Mindy Stein (Background Vocals), John McVie (Vocals)
Appears On
The Dance (1997)
Fleetwood Mac
Performance #5:
Date Performance 1977-09-00
Running Time 4:18
Sound Clip Listen.
Performers Lindsey Buckingham (Guitar), Lindsey Buckingham (Vocals), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), John McVie (Bass), Christine McVie (Keyboards), Christine McVie (Vocals), Stevie Nicks (Vocals)
CommentsRecorded in Wichita on the "Rumours" tour
Appears On
Fleetwood Mac Live (1980)
Fleetwood Mac
Performance #6:
Date Performance 1975-00-00
Running Time 4:10
Sound Clip Listen.
Performers Christine McVie (Keyboards), Christine McVie (Vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (Guitars), Stevie Nicks (Background Vocals), John McVie (Bass), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), Lindsey Buckingham (Background Vocals), Christine McVie (Synthesizer), Mick Fleetwood (Percussion), Keith Olsen (Produced By), Fleetwood Mac (Produced By), Lindsey Buckingham (Produced By), Mick Fleetwood (Produced By), John McVie (Produced By), Christine McVie (Produced By), Stevie Nicks (Produced By)
Appears On
Greatest Hits (1988)
Fleetwood Mac
Performance #7:
Date Performance 1977-08-25
Performers Lindsey Buckingham (Guitar), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), Christine McVie (Keyboards), John McVie (Bass), Stevie Nicks (Background Vocals)
CommentsRecorded at the Aladdin Theatre Performing Arts, Las Vegas, Nevada
Appears On
Sin City (1977)
Fleetwood Mac
Performance #8:
Date Performance 1975-00-00
Running Time 4:10
Sound Clip Listen.
Performers Christine McVie (Keyboards), Christine McVie (Vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (Guitars), Stevie Nicks (Background Vocals), John McVie (Bass), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), Lindsey Buckingham (Background Vocals), Christine McVie (Synthesizer), Mick Fleetwood (Percussion), Keith Olsen (Produced By), Fleetwood Mac (Produced By), Lindsey Buckingham (Produced By), Mick Fleetwood (Produced By), John McVie (Produced By), Christine McVie (Produced By), Stevie Nicks (Produced By)
Appears On
Best Selection (0000)
Fleetwood Mac
Performance #9:
Date Performance 1997-00-00
Running Time 3:59
Performers Nic Johnston (Acoustic Guitar)
Appears On
A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac: An Acoustic Portrait On Guitar (1997)
Nic Johnston
Performance #10:
Date Performance 1975-00-00
Running Time 4:10
Sound Clip Listen.
Performers Christine McVie (Keyboards), Christine McVie (Vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (Guitars), Stevie Nicks (Background Vocals), John McVie (Bass), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), Lindsey Buckingham (Background Vocals), Christine McVie (Synthesizer), Mick Fleetwood (Percussion), Keith Olsen (Produced By), Fleetwood Mac (Produced By), Lindsey Buckingham (Produced By), Mick Fleetwood (Produced By), John McVie (Produced By), Christine McVie (Produced By), Stevie Nicks (Produced By)
Appears On
Super Saver: Greatest Hits (1999)
Various Artists
Sounds Of The Seventies: 1976 (1989)
Various Artists
Performance #11:
Date Performance 1987-12-00
Performers Billy Burnette (Guitar), Rick Vito (Guitar), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), John McVie (Bass), Christine McVie (Keyboards), Stevie Nicks (Background Vocals)
CommentsRecorded live at The Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA 12/12/87 & 12/13/87
Appears On
Superstar Concert Series (1997)
Fleetwood Mac
Performance #12:
Date Performance 1997-10-00
Performers Lindsey Buckingham (Guitar), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), John McVie (Bass), Christine McVie (Keyboards), Stevie Nicks (Background Vocals)
CommentsRecorded live in Irvine, California.
Appears On
Dancing Again (1998)
Fleetwood Mac
Performance #13:
Date Performance 1982-10-22
Performers Lindsey Buckingham (Guitar), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), Christine McVie (Keyboards), John McVie (Bass), Stevie Nicks (Background Vocals)
Commentsby Fleetwood Mac. Recorded at the Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles
Appears On
Superstar Concert Series (1994)
Fleetwood Mac
Performance #14:
Date Performance 1975-00-00
Running Time 4:10
Sound Clip Listen.
Performers Christine McVie (Keyboards), Christine McVie (Vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (Guitars), Stevie Nicks (Background Vocals), John McVie (Bass), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), Lindsey Buckingham (Background Vocals), Christine McVie (Synthesizer), Mick Fleetwood (Percussion), Keith Olsen (Produced By), Fleetwood Mac (Produced By), Lindsey Buckingham (Produced By), Mick Fleetwood (Produced By), John McVie (Produced By), Christine McVie (Produced By), Stevie Nicks (Produced By)
Appears On
Off The Record (1990)
Fleetwood Mac
Up Close (1990)
Fleetwood Mac
In The Studio (1989)
Fleetwood Mac
Rock Stars (1989)
Fleetwood Mac
Startrak Profiles (1988)
Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac: Music From 2 Hit Albums (1976)
Columbia Pictures Publications
Fleetwood Mac: Deluxe Anthology (0000)
Warner Brothers Publications Inc.
The Best Of Fleetwood Mac (1982)
Warner Brothers Publications Inc.
Fleetwood Mac: Anthology Of Classics (1989)
Warner Brothers Publications Inc.
Fleetwood Mac Greatest Hits (1989)
Warner Brothers Publications Inc.
Performance #15:
Date Performance 1997-06-00
Running Time 5:00
Sound Clip Listen.
Performers Stevie Nicks (Vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (Banjo), Lindsey Buckingham (Vocals), Christine McVie (Keyboards), Christine McVie (Vocals), John McVie (Bass), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), Brett Tuggle (Keyboards), Brett Tuggle (Guitars), Brett Tuggle (Background Vocals), Neale Heywood (Guitar), Neale Heywood (Background Vocals), Lenny Castro (Percussion), Sharon Celani (Background Vocals), Mindy Stein (Background Vocals), John McVie (Vocals)
Appears On
Fleetwood Mac: The Dance (Piano/Vocal/Chords) (1998)
Warner Brothers Publications Inc.
Performance #16:
Date Performance 1975-00-00
Running Time 4:10
Sound Clip Listen.
Performers Christine McVie (Keyboards), Christine McVie (Vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (Guitars), Stevie Nicks (Background Vocals), John McVie (Bass), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), Lindsey Buckingham (Background Vocals), Christine McVie (Synthesizer), Mick Fleetwood (Percussion), Keith Olsen (Produced By), Fleetwood Mac (Produced By), Lindsey Buckingham (Produced By), Mick Fleetwood (Produced By), John McVie (Produced By), Christine McVie (Produced By), Stevie Nicks (Produced By)
Appears On
Fleetwood Mac: Guitar Anthology Series (1998)
Warner Brothers Publications Inc.
Performance #17:
Date Performance 1975-00-00
Running Time 4:03
Sound Clip Listen.
Performers Lindsey Buckingham (Electric Guitar), Lindsey Buckingham (Banjo), Christine McVie (Piano), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), John McVie (Bass), Christine McVie (Vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (Background Vocals), Christine McVie (Background Vocals), Keith Olsen (Produced By), Fleetwood Mac (Produced By), Lindsey Buckingham (Produced By), Mick Fleetwood (Produced By), John McVie (Produced By), Christine McVie (Produced By), Stevie Nicks (Produced By)
Comments(Single Version) Chart: Billboard US Hot 100 Singles Peak Position: 11 Peak Dates: Sep 18, 1976 - Sep 25, 1976 - Oct 2, 1976 Weeks on Charts: 19 Chart: Billboard UK Top 50/40 Singles Peak Position: 40 Peak Dates: Dec 4, 1976 Weeks on Charts: 4
Appears On
Say You Love Me/Monday Morning (1976)
Fleetwood Mac
Performance #18:
Date Performance 1975-00-00
Running Time 4:10
Sound Clip Listen.
Performers Christine McVie (Keyboards), Christine McVie (Vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (Guitars), Stevie Nicks (Background Vocals), John McVie (Bass), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), Lindsey Buckingham (Background Vocals), Christine McVie (Synthesizer), Mick Fleetwood (Percussion), Keith Olsen (Produced By), Fleetwood Mac (Produced By), Lindsey Buckingham (Produced By), Mick Fleetwood (Produced By), John McVie (Produced By), Christine McVie (Produced By), Stevie Nicks (Produced By)
Appears On
Isn't It Midnight/Mystified/Say You Love Me/Gypsy (1988)
Fleetwood Mac
Everywhere/When I See You Again/Rhiannon/Say You Love Me (1988)
Fleetwood Mac
Performance #19:
Date Performance 1978-00-00
Appears On
Fleetwood Mac Songbook (1978)
Dancers Image

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    Last Modified »
2010-10-06

    Discography Credits »
Lyrics contributed by Jeff Kenney and Marty Adelson. Interpretation prepared by Joanne. Tabs prepared by Josh Shank.