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Fleetwood Mac: Gold Dust Woman Meaning


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Gold Dust Woman Lyrics

Rock on- gold dust woman
Take your silver spoon
And dig your grave

Heartless challenge
Pick your path and Ill pray

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

  1. anonymous
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    Nov 13th 2019 report

    Why don't you all just read what Stevie, herself, has said in regards to this song...

  2. anonymous
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    Nov 16th 2017 report

    they were doing drugs and witchcraft at the same time. The dragon is lilith=Ancient Queen. Its no hidden fact that Stevie Nicks was in to witchcraft. They all were.

  3. anonymous
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    Apr 26th 2017 report

    When asked about the song in an interview with Courtney Love for Spin in October 1997, Nicks said:

    โ€œ 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. โ€

    In an interview for VH1's Classic Album series, Nicks offered further insight into the song's meaning:

    โ€œ "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.

    (Wikipedia - give them the credit)


  4. anonymous
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    Apr 26th 2017 report

    gold dust woman is one with the power and money.. someone is letting the guy know after she broke his heart,, did she shatter your illusions of love.. the guy is listening to a girl talk to him about his dreams, love for this woman with money and power.. if she shattered him... its a I told you so, she got you and your broken.. now go home.

  5. anonymous
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    Dec 6th 2014 report

    I think Stevie is the Ancient Queen and the others (groupies) paled in her shadow!

  6. anonymous
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    Dec 2nd 2014 report

    Cocaine and Stevie's predictions of Buckingham's new relationship (right after the breakup with Stevie). She predicted that it wouldn't last and that it would shatter his illusions of love. She also slams him for being a "ruler"

  7. anonymous
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    Dec 2nd 2014 report

    I think the gold dust probably was cocaine, but I think the song mostly refers to the woman in Lyndsey Buckingham's life right after Stevie. The phrase 'rulers make bad lovers , better put your kingdom up for sale' might have been digs at Buckingham. Also, the part about making you cry, shattering illusions of love and are you ready to come home, slams his new relationship and predicts that it will never last. Got those impressions from the 1997 video from the dance in which she gets in Buckingham's face. All is forgiven now!

  8. anonymous
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    Sep 9th 2014 report

    I think "gold dust woman" refers to a woman interested in a man simply for his money, a "gold digger." She is a "heartless challenge" because although she seems perfect and impossible to attain, in reality there is no love in her heart for the man, only contempt and a willingness to create and then "shatter your illusions of love." As the sexless "ruler" of the relationship she makes a lousy, sexless lover, despite the fact that she chooses her "prey" carefully and completely without emotion or empathy.

  9. kooljohn176
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    Nov 22nd 2013 report

    alcapoca ''gold'' and ''angel''dust were in popular use for some of us back in the late 70's . seeing stevie nicks play at the Nassau collosium in uniondale n.y. were the fumes of it were enough for you to get high without using, to enjoy the golddust woman in concert with Fleetwood mac. i'am not saying that she used these drugs, but maybe the name came from them.

  10. anonymous
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    Sep 12th 2013 report

    GDW is about the end of Stevie and Lindseys relationship. Stevie turned tococaine as a coping mechanism. She was nervous being w/o Lindsey but the coke and the huge all of a sudden money diverted her attention from their separation. Plus they were in the band TOGETHER. Stevie always knew they were a team, lovers or not. Stevie has always said she knew how special unique and magnificent a guitar player Lindsey is. This is why in 1987 she had a hard time being in FM w/o him.

  11. anonymous
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    Feb 27th 2012 report

    This song to me is about a man having an affair, he falls in love and his mistress leaves him. he believes they were in love only to find out that she didn't feel the same. She made him cry, shattered his illusions of love. Now he has to try to "pick up the pieces and go home"

  12. anonymous
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    Nov 6th 2011 report

    What gold dust woman really refers to is that bak in the 1800's miners would pan for gold dust and these really pretty saloon gals would pretend to be interested in these dirty prospektors only to take what they worked hard for and leae them as pauper's again. How this relates to her I'm not sure.

  13. anonymous
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    Apr 18th 2011 report

    Ever hit cocaine off a silver spoon? If u have then u would get it!!!

  14. anonymous
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    Mar 25th 2008 report

    I believe this song is written about Stevie Nicks struggling with cocaine the first line "Rock on gold dust woman take your silver spoon and dig your grave" refers to the expression that someone who is well off with money is born with a silver spoon. Stevie, at the height of Fleetwood Mac's career as the Rumours album was being made and the band having several relationship issues Stevie was very well off with money and very into cocaine, therefor she felt that she was digging her own grave with the silver spoon Fleetwood Mac had given her. Later on in the song comes this line "did she make you cry make you break down and shatter you illusions of love, is it over now do you know how to pick up the pieces and go home" I think the "she" is cocaine. Gold Dust Woman is a great song and one of my favorite Fleetwood Mac songs of all time.

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