Suzanne Vega — Gypsy
Album: Solitude Standing
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7.5

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Total ratings: 1757
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Released: 1987
Length: 3:57
Plays (last 30 days): 2
You come from far away
With pictures in your eyes
Of coffeeshops and morning streets
In the blue and silent sunrise
But night is the cathedral
Where we recognized the sign
We strangers know each other now
As part of the whole design

Oh, hold me like a baby
That will not fall asleep
Curl me up inside you
And let me hear you through the heat

You are the jester of this courtyard
With a smile like a girl's
Distracted by the women
With the dimples and the curls
By the pretty and the mischievous
By the timid and the blessed
By the blowing skirts of ladies
Who promise to gather you to their breast

Oh, hold me like a baby
That will not fall asleep
Curl me up inside you
And let me hear you through the heat

You have hands of raining water
And that earring in your ear
The wisdom on your face
Denies the number of your years
With the fingers of the potter
And the laughing tale of the fool

The arranger of disorder
With your strange and simple rules
Yes now I've met me another spinner
Of strange and gauzy threads
With a long and slender body
And a bump upon the head

Oh, hold me like a baby
That will not fall asleep
Curl me up inside you
And let me hear you through the heat

With a long and slender body
And the sweetest softest hands
And we'll blow away forever soon
And go on to different lands
And please do not ever look for me
But with me you will stay
And you will hear yourself in song
Blowing by one day

Oh, hold me like a baby
That will not fall asleep
Curl me up inside you
And let me hear you through the heat
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I haven't overplayed this recently so it's back up to a 9
Saw her preform at the "Fast Folk Festival" in 1988 in NY at I think the Bottom Line....still sounds as good as ever
Heard many times, but first time listening...

Wow! Love her... :)
one of Vegas sweetest songs
{#Bananajam}
"And please do not ever look for me But with me you will stay And you will hear yourself in song Blowing by one day"

I didn't heed this advice and now someone who introduced me to RP is gone or under a new alias. :'(

goodbye catey.
Beautiful song from her best album, IMO.
lovely.
normally I cannot stand SV, but this one works, less whining and more melody here {#Roflol}
 jimtyrrell wrote:
Beautiful voice and the lyrics tell a beautiful tale of love. I always thought it was a "pretty"song until today,  I read the lyrics and bumped my rating up. 8 for this classic.
 
I saw her in concert at Carnegie Hall when this album came out.  Before she performed this song she said it was about another counselor she had met while working at a summer camp in upstate NY.  Not that it really matters for the appreciation of the song, but I've always remembered that introduction from her.
Never heard this one. Quite lovely. 
Second part: You got dimples on your cheeks.
Beautiful voice and the lyrics tell a beautiful tale of love. I always thought it was a "pretty"song until today,  I read the lyrics and bumped my rating up. 8 for this classic.
Sweet song of youth...
ugh....never liked this....sounds off key and messy....depressing{#Stop}
Always wished she were my girlfriend, with such a voice she could talk to me 24 hours a day, I'd never feel bored.
Every time I see this album cover it freaks me out a little. I know it's just an illusion with the black gloves, but still, the floating head missing just enough to give it the shape of a skull...

Love Suzanne Vega, this song isn't amazing though. 
Sometimes she gets a bad rap for Luka, but everytime she comes on RP, it makes me smile and reminds me to put on an album of hers.
I like some of her tracks, but this one is just plain boring, sung in a monotone, unenthusiastic voice.
 bigbargain wrote:
I like her music, but more than anything I like her lyrics

 
Bigbargain:  HA!  Yes indeed.  There are some songs that are heavy on the beat and the noise, making you want to slam your head against the wall in sheer enjoyment...especially in a group setting....even if there's little clue on the lyrics.  For those songs it ain't about the lyrics at all.  It's all about the thump down in the guts.  Then there are those songs that're less about that thump than the lyrical statement being made.....words like foggy night vapor that wind around your head and down thru yer ears where......surprise surprise they proceed to enwrap the soul.   This song is such for me.

Highlow
American Net'Zen
I like her music, but more than anything I like her lyrics
 BWGunner wrote:
Twas in the midst of getting lost in this song when I thought, "Is this the lady Paul Simon married?" and I pictured the lyrics as such, and it was very sweet and endearing. But then, no, it's not at all. Poor Paul Simon.
 

 
No but he did marry the lovely and musically gifted Edie Brickell so don't feel too sorry for him.  Love everything by Suzanne Vega.
 Biscobret wrote:
I looked up "average" in the dictionary and it played this song.  Weird...

 
What's weird is your contention that there is any meaning in your comment. Of course, if the goal was not to disparage, likely this response would not have been summoned.
Twas in the midst of getting lost in this song when I thought, "Is this the lady Paul Simon married?" and I pictured the lyrics as such, and it was very sweet and endearing. But then, no, it's not at all. Poor Paul Simon.
 
wonderful song from a very, very, good album.
 Biscobret wrote:
I looked up "average" in the dictionary and it played this song.  Weird...

 
Why bother making comments like this? Or any comments at all, really. Music is so subjective that they're all utterly meaningless. (My first, and last ever comment).  :)
 Biscobret wrote:
I looked up "average" in the dictionary and it played this song.  Weird...

 
What an average comment... Play on Ms. Vega!
 robus wrote:
It must feel so good to be able to write a song so perfectly formed as this...

 
...and performed...
I looked up "average" in the dictionary and it played this song.  Weird...
Has she ever done a poor song? This is wonderful. I could listen to her sing the contents of my laundry basket and feel content I'm sure.
There's something blissfully poignant about this. 
{#Daisy}
 Proclivities wrote:

I saw her around 1987 or '88 at Carnegie Hall and I was about twenty rows back.  She didn't do a whole lot of twerking, for some reason.  It's much more difficult while wearing an acoustic guitar anyhow.

 

It's funny how we can only hope but to bump up the music we've heard before to a higher rating, because we've only now begun to understand it's true beauty as we grow older and more seasoned...and more appreciative of life itself.
 rdo wrote:
I'd pay $500 for front row tix to see Suzy twerking it.  Rrrow.

 
I saw her around 1987 or '88 at Carnegie Hall and I was about twenty rows back.  She didn't do a whole lot of twerking, for some reason.  It's much more difficult while wearing an acoustic guitar anyhow.
Wow...this is ageless music.  This could easily be the music of a new performer...but not typical of songs 27 years past.

 
 rdo wrote:
I'd pay $500 for front row tix to see Suzy twerking it.  Rrrow.

 
I'd pay £1000 :)) 
I'd pay $500 for front row tix to see Suzy twerking it.  Rrrow.
Suzanne Vega = Paul Simon with a wig.   This aint a bad thing..
After 25 years, this still has lots of juice.
lovely
There's always something about Suzanne Vega that says "twisted" in a cool way:  like if you met her in a smoky bar at 1 in the morning, you'd be in for an adventure.
Ya gotta love her voice...timeless!{#Daisy}
Love SV. {#Heartkiss}
 Sloggydog wrote:
This song is sweeter than sugar.  I love it.  Conjures an ever so slightly different sort of a gypsy than the ones the word is applied to in the UK.

 
Hurting my teeth.


Great mix tonight Bill. Just what I'm needing to hear. Now if you could take this into The Wheel somehow.
She is playing in Brighton this Thursday. . . was musing today if I should take Mrs Poacher out to see her and then this came on. 

Guess I'll have to go - would be a shame to miss it.  
 fuzzy wrote:
Lovely voice.
 
Yes, I've always found her voice to have a comforting quality.  Beautiful song.
It must feel so good to be able to write a song so perfectly formed as this...
Great song!
Yap, nice voice!
9 —> 10 

so good