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All the characters in my songs ~ the Gypsies, the Saras, and the on this album, Alice and Juliet ~ they're all me. But they're all different sides of me.
~Stevie Nicks, interview in Revolution, November, 1989

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 [speakers] 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 lived in there for about 3 months. And I, it was really like living back in my apartment before I joined Fleetwood 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 know, uh back to learning to live alone again. Back to the gypsy.
~Stevie Nicks, Jim Ladd Innerview, 1982

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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 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) as cited in Mirror Mirror, Issue 3


[On being a gypsy] 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 Fleetwood Mac 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, February 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'n'roll star.
~Stevie Nicks, Jim Ladd Innerview, 1983


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

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. Lightening 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)


You also, I think, know this girl. I knew her [Robin]. And she's still here so I guess... New York was our favorite place, so....
~Stevie Nicks, introduction to the song Gypsy on the Radio City Show of the Wild Heart Tour, September 13, 1983

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