Gold Dust Woman
|"Gold Dust Woman"|
"Gold Dust Woman" cover
|Song by Fleetwood Mac|
|A-side||"You Make Loving Fun" (US)
"Don't Stop" (UK)
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"Gold Dust Woman" is a song from the best-selling Fleetwood Mac album Rumours. It was written and sung by Stevie Nicks and released as a B-side to the "Don't Stop" single (in the UK) and the "You Make Loving Fun" single (in the US). Along with "Rhiannon," "Landslide," and "Dreams", it is often regarded as a signature song of Stevie Nicks' of her recordings with Fleetwood Mac. 
On the 2004 2-disc special edition release of Rumours, two demos of "Gold Dust Woman" are included, one of which features vocal melody and lyrics in its coda which would later be developed into the stand-alone single "If You Ever Did Believe" in 1997. Nicks recorded this with close friend Sheryl Crow as part of the early sessions for her 2001 Trouble in Shangri-La album, but the track was chosen as the theme song for the 1998 Warner Bros. Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock vehicle Practical Magic. To date, the track has only been available on the film soundtrack album.
The take chosen for release on the 1977 Rumours album was reportedly recorded at 4 a.m., after a long night of attempts in the studio. Just before and during that final take, Stevie Nicks had wrapped her head (though not mouth) with a black scarf, veiling her senses and tapping genuine memories and emotions. Many unusual instruments were used in the recording, including an electric harpsichord with a jet phaser, which was marked with tape so Mick could play the right notes. To accentuate Stevie's vocals, Mick broke sheets of glass. "He was wearing goggles and coveralls – it was pretty funny. He just went mad, bashing glass with this big hammer. He tried to do it on cue, but it was difficult. Eventually, we said, ‘Just break the glass,’ and we fit it all in."
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|“||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.||”|
In an interview for VH1's Classic Album series, Nicks offered further insight into the song's meaning:
|“||"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.||”|
- Stevie Nicks – vocals
- Lindsey Buckingham – guitars, dobro, backing vocals
- Mick Fleetwood – drums, cowbell, harpsichord, sound effects
- Christine McVie – Fender Rhodes, backing vocals
- John McVie – bass guitar
|"Gold Dust Woman"|
|Single by Hole|
|from the album The Crow: City of Angels|
|B-side||I Wanna Be Your Dog
|Released||June 11, 1996 (radio) ; July 1996 (single)|
|Hole singles chronology|
A cover version by American alternative rock band Hole was released in 1996 as their ninth single on CD by Geffen. It was also featured on the soundtrack to The Crow: City of Angels and was produced by Ric Ocasek of The Cars.
|U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks||31|
Appearances in other media
- The original 1977 song appeared in 2011 as a downloadable track for the music video game Rock Band 3.
- The hard rock band Halestorm covered the song on their 2013 cover album Reanimate 2.0: The Covers EP.
- "Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Fleetwood Mac Songs Pictures - 8. 'Gold Dust Woman'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
- Cath Carroll (2004-10-01). "Never Break the Chain: Fleetwood Mac and the Making of Rumours (The Vinyl Frontier series): Cath Carroll: 9781556525452: Amazon.com: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
- Bosso, Joe. "Fleetwood Mac's classic album Rumours track-by-track". MusicRadar. Future plc. Retrieved March 20, 2015.