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

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

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


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Gypsy Lyrics as written by Suzanne Vega

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    suzanne met a man when she was a teenager working in a summer camp. they fell in love. he was from liverpool and she was from new york. at the end of the summer he went back to england and she went to new york. she loved him. he loved her. it was killing her. she wrote this song for him and played it to him the last night she ever saw him. he never heard the song. 'And you will hear yourself in song Blowing by one day '!! In liverpool is about him too.

    suzanne said all of this at a gig in edinburgh. the saddest song i have ever heard!

    seventyx7on October 04, 2004   Link
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    I think this song is so beautiful. I don't really know the meaning of it, but it's another one of those songs where you can just relax to it, and it makes your day better.

    Lil Ginon March 05, 2003   Link
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    it's quite a simple song with incredibly good lyrics, basically just a love song. girls falls for traveler but doesn't want a real relationship.

    "please do not ever look for me, but with me you'll stay"

    folk_foolon June 05, 2004   Link
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    A great song for the 'perks of being a wallflower' soundtrack... A love song. Woman accepts the fact that she will be leaving her lover soon, but doesn't want him to chase after her; rather just remember her in his life..

    Her vocals sound very similar to the lead singer of Mazzy Star - that's who I first thought sang this.

    keyshawnon September 29, 2004   Link
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    theres a perks of being a wallflower movie, keyshawn?? when did this happen? im intrigued

    bellaboo137on February 27, 2006   Link
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    theres a perks of being a wallflower movie, keyshawn?? when did this happen? im intrigued

    bellaboo137on February 27, 2006   Link
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    i think keyshawn means it's on Charlie's mix tape.

    mockingsmileon June 27, 2006   Link
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    i remember suzanne talking about this song on Austin City Limits years ago, exactly what seventyx7 says, but i remember her saing in her selfdeprecating way that when she played the song "he was very moved. he gave me his bandana". i just loved the juxtaposition...she wrote him a song and he gave her a bandana!

    wookie007on January 24, 2007   Link
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    Yes, this song is on Charlie's mixtape from the book "The Perks of Being A Wallflower". It it is beautiful like all the tracks on his mixtape.

    Adored_Pumpkinheadon March 18, 2007   Link
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    look for my meanings in other suzzane vega siongs especially queen and the soldier i am !@#$%^&*()

    adding to what seventy x 7 said before i read seventy x7's meaning i always did think it was about a person the ideal person and how it said every thing from You have hands of raining water to And a bump upon the head especially the laughing tail of the fool described someone i knew and this song i like very much

    !@#$%^&*()on October 04, 2008   Link

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