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"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".

Background

Lady Gaga talked about the creation and meaning of the song in the track-by-track ARTPOP commentary on Sirius XM.

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.

Lady Gaga on Sirius XM

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.

DJWS to E! Online in 2020

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."

Performances

Dates Location City Country

Dates Location Station Country

Tour Dates Performances
artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball 2014 (All Dates) 79
Total of performances 79

Lyrics

Sometimes a story has no end,
Sometimes I think that we could just be friends.
“Cause I’m a wandering man”, he said to me,
“And what about our future plans?
Does this thing we have even makes sense?
When I got the whole world in front of me?”
So I said

I don’t wanna be alone forever, but I can be tonight
I don’t wanna be alone forever, but I love gypsy life
I don’t wanna be alone forever, maybe we could see the world together
I don’t wanna be alone forever, but I can be tonight!

Tonight!

So I just packed my baggage and
Said goodbye to family and friends
And took a road to nowhere on my own
Like Dorothy on a yellow brick
Hope my ruby shoes get us there quick
'Cause I left everyone I love at home

I don’t wanna be alone forever, but I can be tonight
I don’t wanna be alone forever, but I love gypsy life
I don’t wanna be alone forever, maybe we can see the world together
I don’t wanna be alone forever, but I can be tonight!

Tonight!

'Cause I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m a gypsy, gypsy, gypsy I’m
I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m a gypsy, gypsy, gypsy I’m
I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m a gypsy, gypsy, gypsy I’m
I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m a gypsy, gypsy, gypsy I’m

And then he asked me, he said
“Baby! Why do we love each other?”
I said, “Honey, it’s simple
It’s the way that you love and treat your mother.”

Thought that I would be alone forever
But I won’t be tonight
I’m a man without a home, but I think
With you, I could spend my life
And you’ll be my little gypsy princess
Pack your bags and we can chase the sunset
Bust the rear view and fire up the jets
'Cause it’s you and me!

Baby, for life!
(If you go with me)
For life!
(See the world with me)

'Cause I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m a gypsy, gypsy, gypsy I’m
I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m a gypsy, gypsy, gypsy I’m
Russia, U.K, Paris
I’m Italian, Asian combined
Africa, India, I’m gypsy, gypsy, gypsy
I’m Latin-American
I don’t speak German, but I try
Someday in Jakarta
I’m American, I’m gypsy
I’m Bangkok, Australian, Malaysia
Just Sweden, Finland, Norway
Be my home just for the day
I’m a gypsy, gypsy, gypsy, hey

Sometimes a story has no end,
Sometimes I think that I should settle down and
We could just be friends.
“Cause I’m a wandering man”, he said to me,
But then we, we kissed all night at his Mission Beach party
And I said

I don’t wanna be alone forever, but I can be tonight
I don’t wanna be alone forever, but I love gypsy life
I don’t wanna be alone forever, maybe we could see the world together
I don’t wanna be alone forever, but I can be tonight!

Tonight!

I'm packing bags and making stacks
Like a good old-time American
And I'm just trying to show my mom and dad
There's such thing as a real good man
'Cause when he talks to me, you see the man that you're talking about
In his eyes I see
When he puts his hand over my bathing suit and says to me

I don’t wanna be alone forever, but I can be tonight
I don’t wanna be alone forever, but I love gypsy life
I don’t wanna be alone forever, maybe we can see the world together
I don’t wanna be alone forever, but I can be...

I can be tonight!

Tonight!

'Cause I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m a gypsy, gypsy, gypsy I’m
I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m a gypsy, gypsy, gypsy I’m
I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m a gypsy, gypsy, gypsy I’m
I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m a gypsy, gypsy, gypsy I’m

And then he asked me, he said
“Baby! Why do we love each other?”
I said, “Honey, it’s simple
It’s the way that you love and treat your mother.”

Thought that I would be alone forever
But I won’t be tonight
I’m a man without a home, but I think
With you, I could spend my life
And you’ll be my little gypsy princess
Pack your bags and we can chase the sunset
Doesn't matter if your daddy gets pissed
It's you and me!

Baby, for life!
(If you go with me)
For life!
(See the world with me)

'Cause I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m a gypsy, gypsy, gypsy I’m
I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m a gypsy, gypsy, gypsy I’m
Russia, U.K, Paris
I’m Italian, Asian combined
Africa, India, I’m gypsy, gypsy, gypsy
I’m Latin-American
I don’t speak German, but I try
Someday in Jakarta
I’m American, I’m gypsy
I’m Bangkok, Australian, Malaysia
Just Sweden, Finland, Norway
Be my home just for the day
I’m a gypsy, gypsy, gypsy, hey

Credits

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 Us.png
Additional recording Bill Malina at CRC Studios, Chicago, IL Us.png
Ghazi Hourani at Record Plant, Hollywood, CA Us.png
Assistant recording Benjamin Rice, Andrew Robertson and Daniel Zaidenstadt at Record Plant
Steve Faye at CRC Studios
Guitar Tim Stewart
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 Us.png
Madeon at Popcultur Studios, France Fr.png
Assistant mixers Chris Galland and Delhert Bowers at Larrabee Studios
Mastering Gene Grimaldi at Oasis Mastering, Burbank, CA Us.png
Publishing
  • Sony/ATV Songs LLC / House of Gaga Publishing LLC (BMI)
  • Sony/ATV Songs LLC / Songs of RedOne LLC (BMI)
  • Maxwell and Carter Publishing, LLC (ASCAP), administered by Universal Music Publishing Group
  • Warner Chappell Music Publishing

References