Fleetwood Mac's 50 Greatest Songs

From British blues to California rock, from smooth sunshine to the most haunting breakup epics ever

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21. "Man of the World"

Fleetwood Mac followed up the success of "Albatross" with another U.K. hit, this mournful ballad, written by Peter Green, the founding guitarist whose delicate blues style defined the band's early sound. Green had a sudden LSD-related mental collapse, dropped out of the band and ended up digging ditches and sleeping on the streets. "With all that was happening for the band, we failed to see that our leader, Peter Green, was changing," Fleetwood recalled, writing about "Man of the World" in his memoir. "There was a sadness to his lyrics that hadn't been there before." 

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