The Gold Dust Woman
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It'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. Recording  GDW for RumoursBut 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. Stevie at the pianoEverybody 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

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