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Gold Dust Woman

“Gold Dust Woman” is Track 11 on the original version of Rumours (1977), Fleetwood Mac‘s eleventh album. There are different mixes of the song on subsequent releases of Rumours (see below). It follows “Oh Daddy” in the original album track order.

Gold Dust Woman (2004 Remaster)

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About the Song

Stevie Nicks wrote “Gold Dust Woman” about living in the heavy rock and roll scene — balancing the demands of being in Fleetwood Mac, while dealing with drugs and her breakup from guitarist Lindsey Buckingham.

“Gold Dust” refers to cocaine. “It was about…keeping going. It was about cocaine. And after all these years, since I haven’t done any cocaine since 1986, I can talk about it now. But it was at that point, I don’t think I had ever been so tired in my whole life as I was when we were like doing that.

You know, I think it was shocking me. The whole rock ‘n’ roll life was really heavy, and it was so much work and it was so everyday intense. Being in Fleetwood Mac was like being in the army. It was like you have to be there. You have to be there and you have to be there as on time as you can be there. And even if there nothing you have to do, you have to be there.

So ‘Gold Dust Woman’ was really my kind of symbolic look at somebody going through a bad relationship, and doing a lot of drugs, and trying to just make it, trying to live, you know trying to get through it to the next thing.”

Stevie also alludes to the female groupies, who would hang around the band and give “dirty looks” to her and keyboardist Christine McVie only to change to smiles when the men would walk into the room.

The title is derived from the street name “Gold Dust Lane” in Wickenburg, Arizona (in Maricopa County), where Stevie grew up as a child.

Lyrics

Rock on gold dust woman
Take your silver spoon
Dig your grave

Heartless challenge
Pick your path and I’ll pray

Wake up in the morning
See your sunrise loves to go down
Lousy lovers pick their prey
But they never cry out loud
Cry out

Did she make you cry
Make you break down
Shatter your illusions of love
And is it over now
Do you know how
Pick up the pieces and go home

Rock on ancient queen
Follow those who pale
In your shadow

Rulers make bad lovers
You better put your kingdom up for sale
Up for sale

Well, did she make you cry
Make you break down
Shatter your illusions of love
Well, is it over now
Do you know how
Pickup the pieces and go home

Well, did she make you cry
Make you break down
Shatter your illusions of love
And now tell me is it over now
Do you know how
Pickup the pieces and go home
Go home
Go home

Ooh, pale
Shadow
Of a woman
Black widow

Pale
Shadow
Of a dragon
Dust woman

Ooh, pale
Shadow
Of a woman
Black widow

Pale
Shadow
She’s a dragon
Gold dust woman
Woman, woman

(Stevie Nicks) © 1977 Welsh Witch Music (BMI)/Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Appears On

  • Rumours (1977)
  • 25 Years: The Chain, alternate mix (1992)
  • Rumours – DVD-Audio, different mix (2001)
  • Rumours – Super Audio CD, different mix (2001)
  • The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac (2002)
  • Rumours Expanded & Remastered (2004)
  • Rumours – Deluxe Edition (2013)

Gold Dust Woman (Live in San Francisco, 1987)

Fleetwood Mac - Gold Dust Woman

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Gold Dust Woman (Live in Burbank, CA, 1997)

Gold Dust Woman - Fleetwood Mac -The Dance

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Gold Dust Woman (Live in Chicago, 2007)

Stevie Nicks - Gold Dust Woman (Live In Chicago)

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Reference

Nicks, S. (1998) Behind the music: Fleetwood Mac [interview]. Viacom.

2022 Tour

Stevie Nicks

Jazz Aspen Snowmass
Snowmass, CO
Labor Day 2022

Ravinia Festival
Highland Park, IL
September 8, 2022
September 10, 2022

Pine Knob Music Theatre
Clarkston, MI
September 13, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Sea Hear Now Festival
Asbury, NJ
September 17, 2022

Xfinity Center
Mansfield, MA
September 19, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Maine Savings Amphitheatre
Bangor, ME
September 22, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Sound on Sound Festival
Bridgeport, CT
September 24-25, 2022

Ohana Festival
Dana Point, CA
September 30, 2022

Hollywood Bowl
Los Angeles, CA
October 3, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Ak-Chin Pavilion
Phoenix, AZ
October 6, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
The Woodlands, TX
October 9, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Alpharetta, GA
October 12, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Ascend Amphitheater
Nashville, TN
October 16, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Credit One Stadium
Charleston, SC
October 19, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

PNC Music Pavilion
Charlotte, NC
October 22, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Tampa, FL
October 25, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
West Palm Beach, FL
October 28, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Edge of Midnight (2020)

Beautiful People Beautiful Problems (2017)

New Release

Stevie Nicks, Stand Back 1981-2017, compilation

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