Stevie Nicks- Gold Dust Woman

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Who was the Gold Dust Woman?

When Courtney Love interviewed Nicks- she asked the question we all wanted to know…

What exactly was “Gold Dust Woman” about?

You know what, Courtney? I don’t really know what “Gold Dust Woman” is about. I know there was cocaine there and that I fancied it gold dust, somehow. I’m going to have to go back to my journals and see if I can pull something out about “Gold Dust Woman”. Because I don’t really know. It’s weird that I’m not quite sure. It can’t be all about cocaine.

While Nicks wrote and sang lead on the song, “Take your silver spoon, dig your grave,” can be seen as a reference to a spoon holding the drug.

Nicks’ rocky romance with Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham may also have heavily influenced the song. During the recording of Rumours they were going through some very difficult times, often using songs as “a medium for expressing their feelings to each other“.

Gold Dust Woman Facts!

  • In Mick Fleetwood’s book, he explains that it took Nicks eight takes to get the vocal right. Fleetwood described Nicks as “hunched over in a chair, alternately choosing from her supply of tissues, a Vicks inhaler, a box of lozenges for her throat and a bottle of mineral water.”
  • “Gold Dust Woman” was my kind of symbolic look at somebody going through a bad relationship, doing a lot of drugs, and trying to make it. Trying to live. Trying to get through it.
  • Lindsay Buckingham plays a Dobro on this track. The Dobeo is an acoustic guitar with a single resonator with its concave surface uppermost.

+Gold Dust Woman lyrics below+

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
And 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

Pale
Shadow
Of a woman
Black widow
Pale
Shadow
Of a dragon
Dust woman

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

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