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It's golden: Stevie Nicks unveils emotional new song

Stevie Nicks has handed out "The Dealer," the first track from her upcoming solo album, "24 Karat Gold — Songs From the Vault." The upcoming album stands as the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman's first LP since 2011's "In Your Dreams."

The swinging, piano-driven cut comes complete with a lyric video and finds Nicks delivering an ode to misplaced love, owning mistakes and the catharsis that comes from reconciling the two. "I was the mistress of my fate, I was the card shark / If I'd've looked a little ahead, I would've run away," Nicks belts during chorus, her velveteen voice taking on a wizened-with-age quality that's perfectly belied by the line's winking conclusion: "If I'd really known you then / You'd've had to watch out."

Nicks initially wrote and recorded "The Dealer" with Fleetwood Mac in the late Seventies when the band was working on their 1979 album, "Tusk." A leaked copy of the original demo has been floating around for some time, and as Nicks said in the press release announcing "24 Karat Gold," it was bootlegs like this that inspired her to reimagine tracks from her back catalog that never saw an official release.

Produced by Nicks, Dave Stewart and guitarist Waddy Wachtel, "24 Karat Gold" will see release on Oct. 7 via Warner Bros., though vinyl lovers will be able to pick up a limited edition double LP a week earlier starting Sept. 29 (pre-orders begin Aug. 5). The album artwork will also feature never-before-seen Polaroids taken by Nicks from throughout her career, while the deluxe photo book CD boasts 48-pages of pictures from her private collection, as well as two bonus tracks. Nicks will also be previewing more cuts from "24 Karat Gold" on her new Instagram account in the lead-up to the LP's release.

Following "24 Karat Gold's" release, Nicks will embark on yet another massive tour with Fleetwood Mac, this one reuniting the group with keyboardist and singer Christine McVie, who left the band in 1998. The On With the Show tour kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 30 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the Target Center and wraps up 34 shows later on Dec. 20 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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