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"Gypsy"
Single by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Mirage
B-side "Cool Water"
Released 1982
Recorded 1981-1982
Genre Rock
Length 4:24
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Stevie Nicks
Producer Lindsey Buckingham
Fleetwood Mac
Ken Caillat
Richard Dashut
Fleetwood Mac singles chronology
"Hold Me"
(1982)
"Gypsy"
(1982)
"Oh Diane"
(1982 UK)

"Love In Store"
(1982 USA)

"Gypsy" is a song by the rock group Fleetwood Mac. 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."

The song was featured in the "Silent Knight" episode of the television series Knight Rider.

On March 31, 2009, Nicks gave an interview to Entertainment Weekly discussing the inspiration for the song:

"Oh boy, I’ve never really spoken about this, so I get verklempt, and then I’ve got the story and I start to screw it up. Okay: In the old days, before Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey [Buckingham] and I had no money, so we had a king-size mattress, but we just had it on the floor. I had old vintage coverlets on it, and even though we had no money it was still really pretty... Just that and a lamp on the floor, and that was it—there was a certain calmness about it. To this day, when I’m feeling cluttered, I will take my mattress off of my beautiful bed, wherever that may be, and put it outside my bedroom, with a table and a little lamp. That's the words: 'So I’m back to the velvet underground'—which is a clothing store in downtown San Francisco,where Janis Joplin got her clothes, and Grace Slick from Jefferson Airplane, it was this little hole in the wall, amazing, beautiful stuff—'back to the floor that I love, to a room with some lace and paper flowers, back to the gypsy that I was.' So that’s what 'Gypsy' means: it’s just a search for before this all happened. And later, I tacked on a line for my friend Robin, my best friend, who died of leukemia: 'I still see your bright eyes.' But then, Robin wasn’t sick yet. She got cancer, and died within a year."[1]

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