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Leave the past behind… Look forward to tomorrow.  “Don’t Stop” is a positive love letter to a lover that needs to move on.  Christine McVie wrote this song about John McVie when they were separated.  One would think this was still hard for John, who then had to perform a song about him, but the song isn’t spiteful.  The song was just another song in an album chuck full of songs that the band wrote about one another.  Rumors took years to make, and most of it was recorded in separate pieces because the band was so pissed at each other and/or breaking up with each other and/or sleeping with each other despite being in relationships.  The album really did end up with the perfect name.

The album, Rumors, originally was called Yesterday’s Gone after a line in “Don’t Stop.”  Since most of Southern California was talking about Fleetwood Mac’s business during this time, John McVie suggested Rumors instead.

Every member of Fleetwood Mac was going through a breakup.  John and Christine McVie were divorcing.  Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks were breaking up, and Mick Fleetwood was also in the middle of a divorce.  Everyone was a hot mess and there was Christine McVie in the middle of it all with words of positivity.

“Don’t Stop” Lyrics

Why not think about times to come?
And not about the things that you’ve done
If your life was bad to you
We’ll just do what tomorrow will do

Christine said in The Fleetwood Mac Story: Rumours and Lies, “It might have, I guess, been directed more toward John, but I’m just definitely not a pessimist.”  John and Christine were married for nearly 10 years.  When they married in 1968, Peter Green was their best man.

Christine broke up with John and filed for divorce while Fleetwood Mac was on the road. “I broke up with John in the middle of a tour.”  Christine continued, “I was aware of it being rather irresponsible,” – (Rolling Stone interview 1977). “I had to do it for my sanity. It was either that or me ending up in a lunatic asylum.”

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NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 09: (L-R) John McVie, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac  (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

Time and Perspective

In a 1997 interview, Christine spoke of her breakup with John again. “I dare say, if I hadn’t joined Fleetwood Mac, we might still be together. I just think it’s impossible to work in the band with your spouse. Imagine the tension of living with someone 24 hours a day, on the road, in an already stressful situation, with the added negativity of too much alcohol. It just blew apart.”

Despite the song being used in political campaigns decades after is was written, “Don’t Stop” wasn’t written to be a political song.  It was about Christine’s relationship with John McVie, but maybe he wasn’t bothered by playing it so much.  In a 2015 interview, he said, “I never put that together. I’ve been playing it for years and it wasn’t until somebody told me, ‘Chris wrote that about you.’ Oh really?”  I personally, have to think he was being campy in his answer.  There’s no way he could be that dense, but who knows?

“Don’t Stop” is one of Fleetwood Mac’s most successful songs, second only to “Dreams.”

5 Great Fleetwood Mac Songs Written by Christine McVie

For many, when Fleetwood Mac is mentioned, they immediately think of the contributions of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. However, Christine McVie is responsible for writing some of the band’s best songs. Here just five Fleetwood Mac songs that she wrote/co-wrote.

  • 'Don't Stop'

    “Don’t Stop” peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and would famously serve as the theme to Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. The band was even persuaded to reunite for the first time since 1982 to perform “Don’t Stop” at the inaugural ball in 1993.

  • 'You Make Loving Fun'

    Fun fact: While “You Make Loving Fun” was written by Christine McVie about her affair with Fleetwood Mac’s lighting director, she told then-husband/bassist John McVie it was about her dog.

  • 'Songbird'

    Christine McVie said of the moving piano ballad in a June 2017 interview with People, “For some peculiar reason I wrote ‘Songbird’ in half an hour. I’ve never been able to figure out how I did that. I woke up in the middle of the night and the song was there in my brain, chords lyrics melody, everything. I played it in my bedroom and didn’t have anything to tape it on. So I had to stay awake all night so I wouldn’t forget it and I came in the next morning to the studio and had [producer] Ken Callait put it on a 2-track. That was how the song ended up being. I don’t know where that came from. I wished it would happen more often, but it hasn’t.”

  • 'Oh Daddy'

    “Oh Daddy” was inspired by Mick Fleetwood, who was the only father in the band at that time, even though some allege the track was another track about McVie’s affair with Fleetwood Mac’s lighting director. According to, the last time the band played the track live was on November 30, 1997 at the USAir Arena in Landover, MD. 

  • 'Say You Love Me'

    The last single released from 1975’s Fleetwood Mac, “Say You Love Me” would peak on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #11.

Donielle Fynn is a Michigan native with two kids, two dogs, two cats, a love of yoga, and all things classic rock.

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