The latest tune to surface from Stevie Nicks‘ upcoming solo record, 24 Karat Gold – Songs From the Vault, is a piano-driven power ballad about a woman accepting the uncertainty of the future, titled “Lady,” which the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman has released as a lyric video. “The time keeps going on by, and I wonder what is to become of me,” she sings. “And I’m unsure, I can’t see my way/ And he says, ‘Lady, you don’t have to see.'”
Nicks wrote the tunes that will appear on 24 Karat Gold, due out October 7th, mostly between 1969 and 1987 (though a couple were written in the mid-Nineties), but she never recorded them properly. She rediscovered the songs while surfing YouTube bootlegs and decided to hunker down with co-producers Dave Stewart and Waddy Wachtel, recording in Nashville and Los Angeles. “We found all the songs that, somehow, were taken from my house or picked up or loaned out or whatever,” she said in a statement in July. “I call them my ’24 karat gold songs.'”
Earlier this month, the singer issued another 24 Karat Gold tune “The Dealer,” which featured a more upbeat rock arrangement to accompany her lyrics about misplaced love and reconciliation. Nicks had written that song in the late Seventies around when Fleetwood Mac were working on their 1979, album Tusk. A demo of the song from that era is still streaming online. Nicks is offering the 24 Karat Gold version of “The Dealer” as an instant-gratification download for fans who preorder the record.