Beloved and “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac

The song that I thought of immediately when reading Beloved was “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac.

To me, the song has this eerie feeling due to the lyrics and the beginning guitar. The lyrics that were the most like Beloved in my opinion were:

“Running in the shadows, damn your love, damn your lies ” (Line 2) This specific line was haunting to me in how much it connected with Beloved. The stories of all of Morrison’s characters running from their pasts and the different dynamics of what love means to each character seemed to relatable to this song. Specifically, Sethe and Beloved’s story and their ongoing struggles throughout the book; especially in the end, Sethe’s love is just simply not enough for Beloved.

“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)”
(Chorus) Again, the reference of love is strong in this song and I think that it connects so well to Beloved. The lines “I can still hear you saying, You would never break the chain” remind me of the idea of breaking promises and breaking expectations. The ongoing question of why Sethe killed Beloved (until the ending) reminds me of this line. The reference to love and never breaking the chain (perhaps a promise?) in the chorus seems like an ode to Beloved (even though I know it’s not).

The last lines (Chain keep us together (running in the shadow)) repeat over and over emphasizing the connection that “the chain” creates. The “chain” in this could almost be the past? The past keeps us together and in order to stay together, you have to be aware of the past.

Here are the full lyrics:

Listen to the wind blow, watch the sun rise
Running in the shadows, damn your love, damn your lies

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)

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)

Listen to the wind blow, down comes the night
Running in the shadows, damn your love, damn your lies
Break the silence, damn the dark, damn the light

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)

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)

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)

Chain keep us together (running in the shadow)
Chain keep us together (running in the shadow)
Chain keep us together (running in the shadow)
Chain keep us together (running in the shadow)
Chain keep us together (running in the shadow)
Chain keep us together (running in the shadow)

2 thoughts on “Beloved and “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac

  1. Annie W

    I love this song, and listening to it again and thinking of Beloved, I can see the connection you made. I like your idea about the love Sethe has for her children. I even think the title “The Chain” can connect to Beloved, a chain tying to the symbolism of iron and suppressing slaves that is mentioned a lot.

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