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Gold Dust Woman

"Gold Dust Woman"
Single by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Rumours
A-side "You Make Loving Fun" (U.S.)
"Don't Stop" (UK)
Released 1977
Recorded 1976
Genre Rock
Length 5:02
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Stevie Nicks
Producer(s) Fleetwood Mac,
Richard Dashut and
Ken Caillat

"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 U.S.). Along with "Rhiannon", "Landslide" and "Dreams", it is often regarded as a signature song of Stevie Nicks' of her recordings with Fleetwood Mac.[1]

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, "If You Ever Did Believe" has only been available on the film soundtrack album.


  • Background 1
  • Interpretations 2
  • Personnel 3
  • Cover versions 4
    • Hole version 4.1
  • Charts 5
  • Appearances in other media 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


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.[2] Many unusual instruments were used in the recording, including an electric harpsichord with a jet phaser, which was marked with tape so Mick Fleetwood 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."[3]

Slant critic Barry Walsh described the song as finding Nicks "at her folky (not flaky) best with one of her most poignant character studies".[4]


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

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


Cover versions

Hole version

"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)
Format CD single
Recorded March 1996
Genre Alternative rock, grunge, punk rock
Label Geffen
Hole singles chronology
"Softer, Softest"
"Gold Dust Woman"
"Celebrity Skin"

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.


Chart (1996)
(Hole version)
Australia (ARIA Singles Chart)[5] 87
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.


  1. ^ "'"Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Fleetwood Mac Songs Pictures - 8. 'Gold Dust Woman. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
  2. ^ Cath Carroll (2004-10-01). "Never Break the Chain: Fleetwood Mac and the Making of Rumours (The Vinyl Frontier series): Cath Carroll: 9781556525452: Books". Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
  3. ^ Bosso, Joe. "Fleetwood Mac's classic album Rumours track-by-track". MusicRadar. Future plc. Retrieved March 20, 2015. 
  4. ^ Walsh, Barry. "Fleetwood Mac Rumours".  
  5. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 

External links

  • The Penguin: GDW Lyric Interpretations
  • Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
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