Melinda from AustraliaWhat I love about this song is that although we now know it’s about Cocaine addiction. It describes as well without meaning to, the craziness when relationships break down, when there’s infidelity and the dark mood associated with it. The hate, the possessive aspect of love. Stevie Nick’s genius touch is the witchy imagery. ‘Ancient Queen’ and all that. She was always famous for how she dressed, felt hats, gold chains, lace, hippy embroidered shawls, silky fine fabrics, flowing skirts, velvet, with thigh high boots. She was an icon of 1970’s hippie chick fashion. Plus she was the original Gypsetter. Jetting around the world. In the Passenger jet Fleetwood Mac owned. The fact that she kept on with it into the early 1980’s ...with that look, made us think it was old fashioned then. And why isn’t she changing? But she suddenly re-booted her look slightly with big 80’s hair and made it more updated ..a gypsy in real expensive flowing clothes..glam for the album cover of Belladonna, her successful 1980’s solo album. The die hard romantic girls who read books like V.C Andrews: Flowers in the Attic. And soppy Danielle Steel Romance Novels. And wore white court shoes, loved it.
Lovers of 80’s New Wave music hated it. And felt like it was everything feminism was tryin to change. Lookin back I dismissed Stevie Nick’s Belladonna album.(and her look) As I didn’t realise that some people should never change their unique style to suit anyone. Or any new movement. Now I love Stevie Nick’s style. And appreciate it.
Anton from EarthContains what this one believes to be one of the most evocative descriptive lyrics of a failed relationship, "Did she make you cry? Make you break down? Shatter your ILLUSION of love?" Was so surprised to hear Nicks wasn't directing it at Buckingham, but was describing her own addiction to cocaine.
Luke Lee from London, UkEerie, haunting, beautiful. The perfect closer to one of the great albums.
Denise from Pembroke Pines, FlThe earlier take and the demo of this song, which can be heard on the 35th Anniversary Super Deluxe version of Rumours, are really interesting and worth listening to. The vocal in one of them, especially towards the end, is very different and much eerier than the album version. There is also a VERY beautiful version of Dreams (called 'Dreams take 2' I believe) on the SD version that has some wonderful dreamy guitar and moody keyboard work and not much if any bass and drums, though the bass is one of the stars of this song. I just bought some of these tracks last night and I'm loving them!! So glad that Christine is re-joining the group for the likely 2014 tour! And for the record - I LOVE the cowbell in GDW!! It suits the song well, especially paired with that Dobro guitar.
Fraser from Kent, United Kingdomgoing to see them at the O2 in September...can't wait
Fraser from Kent, United KingdomSaw a documentary about Fleetwood mac recently and Stevie Nicks verified that this song is indeed about cocaine!
Steve from Chino Hills, CaIt is said in the Wikipedia reference that the song is about living in the metropolis of Los Angeles. I believe the third person "she" (did "she" make you cry, make you break down, shatter your illusions of love) is about the city of Los Angeles. Jim Morrison referred to it as a female in LA Woman. The rest of it is about the excesses of drugs (silver spoon) and "Put your kingdom up for sale" I believe is about selling the house in Los Angeles.
Ross from Cornwall, United Kingdomthe 2nd b-side version of this on the remastered version of rumours is even better. give it a listen
John from Las Vegas, NvI truly love this song, it is so magical. I think it is about cocaine, but I also think it is about the groupies that were hanging onto Lindsey Buckingham, and disrespecting the "Ancient Queen" What a fantastic song and beautiful poetry.
Michael from Middletown, CtI think this song is about instead of using cocaine its about using heroin. The silver spoon is what the user would use to cook it to inject.
Carole from Sacramento, CaOf the thousands of songs I love as I listen to a lot music-Gold Dust Woman is my very favorite song.
Sibella from Pretoria, South AfricaI was so exhilirated when I saw the Hole covered it! But I still like the original much more.
Janie from Melbourne, Australiawho cares about the cow bell! lindseys guitar is amazing, and stevie is perfect, her best song in my opinion.
Tony from Chicago, IlI love this song1 it just takes me away. it has that really trippy feel that i love. it's all about nicks taking cocaine while her relationship with lindsey was ending. Perfect song to end a perfect album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Arianna from Largo, FlHey, cow-bell or no cow-bell, this song ROCKS! Takes me on a journey, every time I hear it. I especially enjoy the end, the part about the "black widow" and "dragon".
John from Waldron, ArThere is a band form TX called the Mylie Thomas band that does this song in their live set. Lord help me, but they actually do it better than the original; bluesier, more soul, and no cowbell(thank God).
Don from B G, KyThis song "needs more cow-bell". Oh, wait that is Blue Oyster Cult. Don't fear the reaper or Christopher Walken.