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
To the gypsy that I was

And it all comes down to you
Well, you know that it does
Well, lightning strikes, maybe once, maybe twice
Oh, and it lights up the night
And you see your gypsy
You see your gypsy

To the gypsy that remains
Faces freedom with a little fear
I have no fear, I have only love
And if I was a child
And the child was enough
Enough for me to love
Enough to love

She is dancing away from me now
She was just a wish
She was just a wish

And a memory is all that is left for you now
You see your gypsy
You see your gypsy

(Lightning strikes, maybe once, maybe twice)
And it all comes down to you

And it all comes down to you
(Lightning strikes, maybe once, maybe twice)
(And it all comes down to you)

I still see your bright eyes, bright eyes
(And it all comes down to you)

(Stevie Nicks) © 1982 ℗ Fleetwood Mac Music (BMI)/Welsh Witch Music (BMI). All rights reserved.

About the Song

Fleetwood Mac Stevie Nicks screen cap“Gypsy” reflects on Stevie’s warm memories of her life as a young adult in the San Francisco Bay Area during late 1960s and early 1970s, the years before she joined Fleetwood Mac. In the song, she mentions visiting The Velvet Underground, the so-called clothing store of rock stars in the San Francisco psychedelic rock scene. She has also attributed parts of the song to her late childhood friend Robin Snyder Anderson, whom she met at Arcadia High School in Southern California.

In 2014, Stevie elaborated on her visit to The Velvet Underground on Fleetwood Mac’s On with the Show Tour by sharing a lengthy story about her experience of being inspired by her surroundings and the thought of other rock stars passing through the store. She envisioned herself one day returning to the store as one of those rock stars.

1982-gypsy-screen-cap2-0=605x450Because of the space limitations of vinyl, the Mirage version of “Gypsy” was shortened to 4:24. The music video for “Gypsy” features a slightly longer version, with a running time of 4:50. The 1992 Fleetwood Mac box set 25 Years: The Chain includes the longest commercially-available version of the song (“Alternate Unedited Version”), with a running time of 5:26. The lyrics for the “Alternate Unedited Version” are printed in the 1982 Mirage album lyric sheet/booklet.

About the Music Video

The music video was directed by Russell Mulcahy and produced by Eric Fellner. On November 20, 2015, Fellner talked to Variety about his contributions to the video.

How did you land the “Gypsy” gig?

I started producing music videos in early ’80s as a very excited 21-year-old. It was a new industry. In England, you couldn’t get into a film union without experience, and you couldn’t get a job without the union. I was very lucky this new cottage industry was starting. I got to be producer.

Do you remember the project?

“Gypsy” I remember very well. Russell Mulcahy was a leading music video director. We shut down Hollywood Boulevard at night, and brought a giant crane (for the camera). It was like a movie production, with Stevie Nicks dancing down the street.

Official Video

Chart Performance

“Gypsy” was the second single from Mirage. An edited version of the song (3:53) was released, reaching No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. The b-side song was “Cool Water,” an non-album cut featuring vocals from Lindsey Buckingham and John McVie. In France, the b-side song was “Oh Diane.”

In Latin and South American countries, the title was translated into Spanish as “Gitana”. Some countries printed the title as “Gipsy,” an alternate spelling.

Gypsy (Early Mix – no vocal overdubs)

Gypsy (Early Version)

from the 2016 Mirage reissue