"Gold Dust Woman" as written by and Stevie Nicks....
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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"Gold Dust Woman" as written by Stevie Nicks

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  • +6
    General CommentIt's about groupie-type ladies. About women who stand around and give me and Christine dirty looks but as soon as a guy comes in the room are overcome with smiles.
    ~Stevie Nicks, Crawdaddy, November, 1976



    [On the imagery of the dragon and the black widow] That just means anger. The black widow, the dragon thing. It's all about being scared and angry.
    ~Stevie Nicks, SPIN Magazine, October, 1997



    Gold Dust Woman was a little bit about drugs ~ it was about you know keeping going. It was about cocaine. And, uh, 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 ,ah, 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 alot of drugs, and trying to just make it ~ trying to live ~ you know trying to get through it to the next thing.
    ~Stevie Nicks, VH1 The Making of Rumours, 1997



    [On what Gold Dust Woman is about] Well the gold dust refers to cocaine, but it's not completely about that, because there wasn't that much cocaine around then. Everybody was doing a little bit ~ you know, we never bought it or anything, it was just around ~ and I think I had a real serious flash of what this stuff could be, of what it could do to you. The whole thing about how we love the ritual of it, the little bottle, the diamond-studded spoons, the fabulous velvet bags. For me, it fit right into the candles and incense and all that stuff. And I really imagined that it could overtake everything, never thinking in a million years it would overtake me. I must have met a few people who I thought did too much coke, and I must have been impressed by that. Because I made it into a whole story.
    ~Stevie Nicks, SPIN Magazine, October, 1997



    I was definitely swept away about how big Fleetwood Mac was and how famous I suddenly was. Me, who couldn't buy anything before, could go in any store and buy anything I wanted. And I wondered what that would do to me on down the line. I might be a ruler, but maybe I'd be lousy lover.
    ~Stevie Nicks, On the lyrics 'rulers make bad lovers', SPIN Magazine, October 1997



    I thought it was great. It's a little raucous for me, but she's so very true to my song.
    ~Stevie Nicks, On what she thinks of Courtney Love's cover of Gold Dust Woman, Us Magazine January, 1998
    marquiceriseon January 28, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentActually Stevie said in an interview in the 70's that this song was about female groupies. I don't remember the direct quote, but it was about the girls who would hang around for the guys in the band and give Stevie and Christine dirty loooks. I would have never thought of groupies until I read that quote.
    JamiesCryingon October 29, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentDrugs .... ??????

    this is most probably about a rich woman who has a silver spoon and digs her own grave...

    she does not know how to love, .... or she forgot, she is 'dying' and so is digging her grave.

    She has lovers who pick her as prey but they never stay ... she makes her lovers cry ... shatters their illusion of love ...

    rock on ancient woman, stay with those who adore you and be your 'subjects', "rulers make bad lovers": she is the quintessential powerful woman, she needs to set aside her "kingdom" so she can gain her life back ....



    ksk1997on November 19, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think overall this is about a woman with a strong, tough exterior (likely a rock star) who may be self-destructive and often feels lost. She has been hurt before, and perhaps feels lost. Also, she does not let on that she feels this way beneath all the the sex, drugs, and rock and roll. A break down of the lyrics:

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

    -"Gold dust woman" leads me to believe the obvious drug reference; about a woman who lives in the fast lane. "Dig your grave," meaning it can lead to a downward spiral and that she is going down that path.

    Heartless challenge
    Pick your path and I'll pray

    *A little ambiguous, but she must pick her path that she'll make choices moving forward that will not lead to death since her life is plagued with darkness where she is trying to mask this with drugs and sex to fill a void. Eventually, it catches up with you.

    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

    *This has something to do with waking up in the morning and facing the aftermath of the night before and how the cycle repeats itself (the sunrise loves to go down). The second part about lousy lovers: I think she is referring to how she has a lot of sex where there is nothing else to it- just sex. She wants more for herself, but she's broken. They don't cry at night, but she does.

    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.

    -She's turning it around on the lovers, meaning she didn't make them cry or break down, but she has, and her view of love is shattered. When a night is over with one of her lovers, she often does not know how to pick up the pieces since she is unfulfilled. Maybe someone she was in love with hurt her in the past, and the meaningless sex is only a "quick fix." She is bitter, and does not know if she can trust again.

    Rock on ancient queen
    Follow those who pale
    In your shadow

    -Perhaps if she is a rock star, she is referring to her followers. Or if she is a groupie, she is looking up to other rock star women who have led this lifestyle who have been in her shoes.

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

    -When she feels a lover is controlling her emotions, she knows they are no good for her. She knows she shouldn't be involved with certain people and they need to put their "kingdown up for sale" and move on.


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

    *I think the "shadow" reference paints a story about her past haunting to her. In fact, it is a very haunting, beautiful song. The shadow of a dragon reference may refer to drugs and the black widow may refer to herself...not necessarily a widow, but a scorned woman. This is just my two cents! Love this song.
    xRavenxon March 21, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a very dark, but incredible song sung by Stevie Nicks! This is one of my all time favorite Fleetwood Mac songs! It only gets better with age!
    BlueCrystalMirroron July 15, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love the performance Stevie Nicks puts on during this song in concerts...the lyrics are very deep
    shed27on July 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWord to that. My dad introduced me to this song. Cute, isn't it?
    emoJustinon July 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song! Stevie Nicks definitely had the best voice out of the members of Fleetwood Mac.
    impish_little_smileon August 26, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment~Rulers make bad lovers, You better put your kingdom up for sale~ whatever it is about that is a classic line!!!
    GypsyDuston April 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAS someone who has seen and experienced what cocaine can do to someone this song is so very much about drug addicition! (Well for me thats what it is about!!) but also i have heard stevie say thats what this song is also about.... WHO KNOWS WHAT SHE MEANS...... Its a killer song though!!
    Justin1123on December 09, 2008   Link

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