Writer(s) Shakira, Amanda Ghost, Ian Dench, Carl Sturken, Evan Rogers, Jorge Drexler
Producer(s) Shakira, Amanda Ghost, Lukas Burton, Future Cut
Length 3:18 (Gypsy)
3:27 (Gitana)
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Singles "She Wolf"
"Did It Again"
"Give It Up to Me"
She Wolf track listing
"Men in This Town"
Shakira singles chronology
"Give It Up to Me" "Gypsy" "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)"

"Gypsy" is a song by Colombian singer Shakira. It was released as the fourth and final single (although it serves as the third single in each country) of her album She Wolf. "Gypsy" and "Gitana" were sent to radio stations around the world on February 22, 2010. As done with previous singles from the album, there is a Spanish version, released mainly to Latin America and Spain, named "Gitana" (English: Gypsy). Due to "Gitana"'s absence from the album, it was announced that the album will be re-released in Latin America and Spain with "Gitana" included in the tracklisting.

"Gyspy" received positive reviews from the critics. The song charted in a number of countries, and Spanish version "Gitana " topped in U.S Latin Radio Play and put her in first place for most number-ones among female artists and also topped the Colombia charts and Mexican Single Charts. The Spanish version of "Gypsy" (Gitana) certified Platinum in Spain for selling 40,000 copies. It was performed numerous times and the two American performances took the form of a duet with American country music band Rascal Flatts.


Shakira announced that Gypsy would be the next single from her album She Wolf, after meeting with the U.S. president Barack Obama. About the song, she added : "(The song represents my) way of living and seeing life. I've been on the road since I was very young, so that's where the Gypsy metaphor comes from." Also she said: "Gypsies are travelers of life, always absorbed in different cultures and learning from them".

Gypsy was written by Shakira, Amanda Ghost, Ian Dench, Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers and produced by Shakira, Amanda Ghost, Lukas Burton, Future Cut. The song is an earthy twang of a simple banjo riff, Shakira trills about life on the road: "Friends and thoughts pass me by / Walking gets too boring / When you learn how to fly." With a hint of tribal clapping added to the chorus. The song is an ingenious mix of mandolin, banjo, sitar and tabla.

Music videoEdit


Shakira and Nadal in the music video for "Gypsy/Gitana".

The full music video for "Gypsy" premiered on MTV on 26 February 2010, and the video stars tennis player Rafael Nadal as Shakira's onscreen partner. The video features Shakira dancing, embracing and finally kissing the tennis champion. The video was directed by Jaume de Laiguana in Barcelona. There are two version of the video, one is "Gypsy" and second is "Gitana", which is actually the Spanish version of the song. The video tops the Billboard's weekly list of Top 10 videos.

About the video, Shakira states that she chose Rafael Nadal because she identified with him. "Shooting this video with Rafa was a great experience, he is very sweet and made it easy and fun,” said Shakira. “He and I have so much in common -- starting out so young in our respective careers and traveling the world -- I felt this would translate the spirit of the lyrics in the song and I was thrilled he wanted to be a part of it." Nadal said it has been a great experience. “Shakira, as always, was spectacular. Working with a woman as charming as her, well, it makes it a lot easier to tell the truth. It was great, very easy, she’s really sweet and that always makes the hours go by faster." Shakira mentioned, "I thought that maybe I needed someone I could in some way identify with. And Rafael Nadal is a person who has been totally committed to his career since he was very young, since he was 17, I believe."


Chart (2010) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 11
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 4
Belgium (Ultratop 40 Wallonia) 40
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 80
Czech Republic (IFPI) 6
European Hot 100 Singles 25
Germany (Media Control AG) 7
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40) 6
Czech Republic (IFPI) 19
Mexican Singles Chart 1
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 5) 4
Romania (Airplay Top 100) 8
South Korean Gaon Chart 40
Spanish Airplay Chart 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 12
US Billboard Hot 100 65
US Latin Songs (Billboard)

Spanish version: "Gitana"

US Latin Tropical Airplay (Billboard)

Spanish version: "Gitana"


Track listing and formatsEdit

  • Digital download EP
  1. "Gypsy" - 3:18
  2. "Gitana" - 3:26
  3. "Gypsy (Freemasons Remix)" - 3:26
  4. "Gypsy" (Video)- 3:36
  • Promo CD-single
  1. "Gypsy" - 3:18
  • German CD-single
  1. "Gypsy" - 3:18
  2. "Gypsy (Freemasons Remix)" - 3:26

Lyrics and videoEdit

Shakira - Gypsy

Shakira - Gypsy

Broke my heart
Down the road
Spent the weekend
Sewing the pieces back on

Crayons and Dolls pass me by
Walking gets too boring
When you learn how to fly

Not the homecoming kind
Take the top off
And who knows what you might find

Won't confess all my sins
You can bet I'll try it
But you can't always win

'Cause I'm a gypsy
Are you coming with me?
I might steal your clothes
And wear them if they fit me
Never made agreements
Just like a gypsy
And I won't back down
'Cause life's already bit me
And I won't cry
I'm too young to die
If you're gonna quit me
'Cause I'm a gypsy

('Cause I'm a gypsy)

I can't hide
what I've done
Scars remind me
Of just how far that I've come
To whom it may concern
Only run with scissors
When you want to get hurt


I said hey you
You're no fool
If you say 'NO'
Ain't it just the way life goes?
People fear what they don't know
Come along for the ride (Oh yeah)
Come along for the ride (ooohhh)

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