Gypsy (4:21)

Cover of Mirage

From Mirage and 15 other releases

Stevie Nicks wrote the song originally circa 1979, and the earliest demo recordings were recorded in early 1980 with Tom Moncrieff for possible inclusion on her solo debut Bella Donna. However, when Nicks’ friend Robin Anderson died of leukemia, the song took on a new inspiration and Nicks held it over for Fleetwood Mac. “Gypsy” was the second single release and second biggest hit from the Mirage album following “Hold Me.” “Gypsy” reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. The video for this song, which is directed by Russell Mulcahy, was the very first “World Premiere Video” on MTV in 1982, and was the highest-budget music video ever produced at the time.
On March 25, 2009 during a show in Montreal on Fleetwood Mac’s Unleashed Tour, Stevie Nicks gave a short history of the inspiration behind Gypsy. She explained it was written sometime in 1978-79, when the band had become “very famous, very fast”, and it was a song that brought her back to an earlier time, to an apartment in San Francisco where she had taken the matress off her bed and put it on the floor. To contextualise, she voiced the lyrics: “So I’m back, to the velvet underground. Back to the floor, that I love. To a room with some lace and paper flowers. Back to the gypsy that I was.”

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So I'm back, to the velvet underground
Back to the floor, that I love
To a room with some lace and paper flowers
Back to the gypsy, that I was

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  • selene_101

    I still see your bright eyes....<3

    24 Feb 10:43am Reply
  • sidney_adv

    Excepcional!!!!

    18 Feb 7:32pm Reply
  • sidney_adv

    que voz tem a Stevie Nicks!

    10 Feb 1:45pm Reply
  • intheluminol

    evokes such beautiful, sad nostalgia...

    31 Jan 5:15am Reply
  • RAYMOND7654321

    Come on Stephanie Lynn, we are both single and we could lay in front of the fireplace at the Aspen house and get busy going through that $70,000,000.00 portfolio of yours.

    6 Jan 6:20am Reply
  • algenon50

    Still loving this one after so many years, love Stevie's voice...

    16 Nov 2013 Reply
  • bicknor

    The gypsy rover came over the hill........... and won the heart of a lady................

    28 Sep 2013 Reply
  • ashrafoe

    MOM!

    3 Aug 2013 Reply
  • RAYMOND7654321

    I love you Stephanie Lynn!

    14 Apr 2013 Reply
  • userabc123

    favorite one other favorite is little lies

    9 Apr 2013 Reply
  • sl8221958

    One of my favorite music videos of the 80s. Sort of looked like a classical painting come to life. Reminded me of the look of the '39 Wizard Of Oz movie-- stage sets and created sky backgrounds combined with terrific music.

    5 Apr 2013 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    yes coldplay does rip this off in a song, don't remember which one. anyway, beautiful song.

    1 Apr 2013 Reply
  • NotTheLuckyOne

    Not much to say about this song, it kinda speaks for itself.

    5 Mar 2013 Reply
  • BMWPRETTY

    Spank! Love this tune! And well! this talent......And it all comes downs to you! Do you see your Gipsy that remains?Just asking! Spank! When it all comes down to you~! Whoooooooo

    23 Jan 2013 Reply
  • EmpressNutjob

    Beautiful. Makes me want to cry :)

    20 Dec 2012 Reply
  • JuniorMcCartney

    This song is perfect.

    28 Nov 2012 Reply
  • NitaD1

    Yep.....classic indeed

    26 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Odabella_

    one of the most beautiful songs ever.

    17 Nov 2012 Reply
  • SisiCury

    Classic Forever ♥

    29 Oct 2012 Reply
  • crazykaz02

    more for me great voice stevie

    30 Sep 2012 Reply
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