GYPSY

"Gypsy is about, um... going back to the gypsy that I was prior to Fleetwood Mac."
~Stevie Nicks, Rock's Family Tree

"Yes, in my, uh, Doheny house in my English house. I just uh... I went through an experience that wasn't particularly pleasant and I moved out of my big English bedroom into the little back bedroom that was all... the lady that owned this house had put all this French wallpaper up that was flowers and it was beautifully, beautifully done. It's just a little tiny room and put my bed back on the floor, moved my JBLs in there, all my plants... all my junk, everything I had into this tiny little room about as big as this sofa, you know and I just liived in there for about 3 months. And I, it was really like living back in my apartment before I joined Fleetwood Mac... it was... I'm very comfortable living in one little room with my bed on the floor and kind of lace tacked up at the windows, you know.
[A place where you felt secure and safe or comfortable?]
And back to me, back to... you know, uh, back to learning to live alone again. Back to the gypsy."
~Stevie Nicks, Jim Ladd Innerview, 1982

"For me to be a gypsy; for me to write about the gypsy - and for me to live the life of a gypsy that I love - I sort of almost have to be almost cold and insensitive to be able to remain that gypsy. It's not easy to be a hippie-gypsy when you're rich and when you're a rock & roll star. You know, I said to someone "I do walk around in a flannel nightgown and I am into the comforts of home." I'm into the blankets. I'm into the soft pillows. I'm into the boots that feel wonderful on your feet. I'm into the soft Bonnie Dune socks. I love. I'm a sensualist. I love my raggy chiffon. I love my old velvet things from ten years ago. You can't change that in me. You can't take that away from me, because that's mine."
~Stevie Nicks, Jim Ladd Innerview, 1983

[Regarding the song Gypsy] "In basic ways, I haven't changed. In material ways, of course, I've changed a lot. Because I'm not starving now and I don't have to worry where my rent's coming from and that makes it a lot easier on my blood pressure. I still love all the same things. Every place I live still looks pretty much like my apartment in San Francisco. The clothes I wear... that doesn't change. I love long dresses. I love velvet. I love high boots. I never change. I love the same eye make-up. I'm not a fad person. I still have everything I had then. That's one part of me... that's where my songs come from. There's a song on the new FM album [Mirage] that says, 'Going back to the velvet underground/back to the floor that I love,' because I always put my bed on the floor. 'To a room with some lace and paper flowers/back to the gypsy that I was.' And that's San Francisco. That's the velvet underground. Those are the things that I can't give up."
~Stevie Nicks, The Record, 2-82

"In the song Gypsy it says, Going back to the velvet underground/ Back to the floor... which means my bed went back on the floor, with the paper flowers and the, you know, there's a part of that [era] there will never be again... except that it does live in my house because it was so special."
~Stevie Nicks, Video Interview for Fleetwood Mac's Greatest Hits, 1988

The song Gypsy isn't a real happy story. Gypsy is a lot about returning to San Francisco.
And Gypsy was written when my best friend [Robin] died of Leukemia and uh... about the fact that she wasn't going to see the rest of this: I still see your bright eyes, it was like she wasn't... going to make it. And uh, I was like the lone gypsy... this was my best friend from when I was 15 and so I was a solo gypsy all of a sudden and it was very sad for me and that's sometimes when I write my very best songs. Robin had been on the road with Fleetwood Mac for five years. As my speech therapist and also management, an incredibly efficient helper. I still miss your bright eyes... that's why we don't do it on stage... it's because it's really too hard for me to sing. Lightning strikes maybe once, maybe twice... that means one time in your life you find a very good friend, and maybe if you're incredibly lucky, you might find a second. It all comes down to you, means but you have to look very hard.
~Stevie Nicks, video interview for Fleetwood Mac's Greatest Hits, 1988

"Dreams was a very real song. Gypsy was very real."
~Stevie Nicks, BBC Interview, 1989