Rumours cover

Gold Dust Woman

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
Of a woman
Black widow

Of a dragon
Dust woman

Ooh, pale
Of a woman
Black widow

She’s a dragon
Gold dust woman
Woman, woman

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

About the Song

“Gold Dust Woman” is Track 11 on the original version of Rumours (1977), the last song on the album. There are slightly different mixes of the song on subsequent releases of Rumours (see below).

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

“Gold Dust” refers to cocaine. “It was about you know keeping going. It was about cocaine. And you know after all these years, since I haven’t done any cocaine since 1986, I can talk about it now you know. But it was at that point, it was, 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 you know. 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.

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 (2004 Remaster)


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