"Gypsy" is a song written by Lady Gaga and RedOne, produced by Madeon in 2012 for ARTPOP. She revealed the song title on Fun Radio interview. There was a misconception about "Gypsy" being the next single after "Applause" when a photo starting spreading around the internet that said the album featured "Applause" and "Gypsy". However, on January 21, 2014, Interscope Records revealed that the song was to serve as the third single. A couple of weeks after the announcement, plans had shifted and the label settled on"G.U.Y." instead. The song was registered on Gaga's BMI on February 14, 2014.
On October 24, 2013 Gaga said through twitter, "2day at AMPYA ARTPOP listening party in Germany I'll perform the world premiere of 'Gypsy' at the piano! Stream it tonight around the world!" She performed the acoustic version at the event. The song references "Scheiße" in the line "I don't speak German but I try".
|“||I started writing "Gypsy" with RedOne, and then I finished writing it with DJ White Shadow and Madeon, and myself, obviously, and we finished the production together. I did a lot of the guitar parts on this song, it was sort of my main passion on this record, was getting some really exciting acoustic parts, and my buddy Tim, he plays guitar, he’s so so talented. And this song is about, you know, traveling the world, and sometimes feeling really really lonely, but being okay with being alone because I have my fans, and because, when I get to that different country everyday: they are my home, just for the day. And this record’s all about falling in love, but it’s also about what I think the key is to staying in love, and that’s not trying to stop the other person from being on their own journey, not trying to stop them from being who they are, or trying to change them. That’s really been the new success in my love life. It’s been in allowing the other person to be on their journey, and you be on yours, and that you just be really happy when you’re together and not try to change one another.||”|
She said that her finding true love served as initial inspiration to the song.
On French radio Hit West, Madeon recalled that on September 22, 2012 he had gone to see Gaga at her Born This Way Ball show at Paris' Stade de France. After the performance, Gaga took Madeon to her hotel room. He played her some chords he had been working on for sometime on the piano. Gaga immediately started singing the main melody of "Gypsy", and then the main song "flowed out", leading them to write a new demo the same night. Since Madeon had brought his computer with him, he recorded the ideas developed with Gaga so he would not forget them. For MTV News, Madeon further explained that he "had never heard the original track" made with RedOne prior to that night and that he "started playing new chords and we started writing a new song based on that song. So it's kind of a nice story on [how] two different takes on the same idea made a new song." Afterwards, the song went through various changes, and more musicians were added for the final version on the album in Los Angeles. Not much is known about the first version made with RedOne, only that is was made virtually as they couldn't book studio time together.
|“||Madeon was mostly in charge of that track. Some of those things when we were doing them, it was a very, very genuine team effort. So it was like you'd do something somewhere, Madeon would come in and start taking it and running with it. Me and Nick and Dino, we'd all kind of separate and work on different things at different times. It was a real squad effort.||”|
Gaga performed this six-minute-long track in its entirety for the first time for guests at an exclusive listening party at Berlin's famed Berghain club. on October 24, 2013. She told the audience: "I wrote this song as I was travelling around the world… they say 'a Gypsy doesn't have a home.' But I do have a home. I have a home with you always."
|Writers||Lady Gaga, RedOne, Madeon and DJ White Shadow|
|Producers||Madeon and Lady Gaga|
|Recording by||Dave Russell, Bill Malina and Benjamin 'Ben' Rice at Record Plant, Hollywood, CA|
|Additional recording||Bill Malina at CRC Studios, Chicago, IL |
Ghazi Hourani at Record Plant, Hollywood, CA
|Assistant recording||Benjamin Rice, Andrew Robertson and Daniel Zaidenstadt at Record Plant|
Steve Faye at CRC Studios
|Background vocal, guitar and piano arrangement||Lady Gaga|
|Background vocals||Nicole Ganther, Natalie Ganther and Lyon Gray|
|Union contractor administration||Ivy Skoff|
|Mixed by||Manny Marroquin at Larrabee North Studios Universal City, CA |
Madeon at Popcultur Studios, France
|Assistant mixers||Chris Galland and Delhert Bowers at Larrabee Studios|
|Mastering||Gene Grimaldi at Oasis Mastering, Burbank, CA|