The Meaning Behind The Lyrics Of “You Make Loving Fun” by Fleetwood Mac
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Honorees Stevie Nicks (R) and John McVie of Fleetwood Mac perform onstage during MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Fleetwood Mac at Radio City Music Hall on January 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
Fleetwood Mac’s time on the Rumours album was a roller-coaster ride. While they’ve presumably imagined the album to be one of the greatest albums ever created, it was recorded at the weird time for the group, whose inter-band relationships almost broke them up.
Christine McVie, one of Fleetwood Mac’s principal songwriters, was unhappy with her marriage to fellow member John McVie and was on the brink of separation. While still married, she had an affair with the band’s lighting director, Curry Grant, and gave her the inspiration to write a song about it, entitled “You Make Loving Fun.”
To avoid conflicts, Christine told John that the song was about one of her dogs. Details seemed to be blurred out of sight when the track became an instant hit, charting at the no. 9 spot at the US Billboard Hot 100. The song then became a staple in the band’s concerts.
“I thought I was drying up,” McVie told Q Magazine on the behind-the-song details. “I was practically panicking because every time I sat down at a piano, nothing came out. Then, one day in Sausalito, I just sat down and wrote in the studio, and the four-and-a-half songs of mine on the album are a result of that.”