In this 2017 video below, Nicolas Reyes of Gipsy Kings sings “Gitana Gitana” to his close relatives. A beautiful performance and the interesting thing is, Reyes is and playing the guitar for a right-handed person upside down.

Nicolas Reyes of Gipsy Kings sings “Gitana Gitana” (2017 video)

I am not a Gipsy Kings fan but I occasionally watch their music videos since the 1980s. I never realized that Nicolas Reyes was playing guitar upside down! He is left-handed and playing the guitar for a right-handed person upside down. Watch Gipsy Kings’ old videos, for example, “Bamboleo” below, you’ll see he is playing the guitar upside down.

Gipsy Kings – Bamboléo (Official Video)

Here’s an explanation on Youtube:

“If you don’t have a bunch of money growing up and you’re sharing a guitar with your family, you’re not going to re-string the guitar when you can just play it upside down.”

Nicolas Reyes of Gipsy Kings sings "Gitana Gitana"
Nicolas Reyes of Gipsy Kings sings “Gitana Gitana” and playing the guitar upside-down.

Gitana Gitana Lyrics

“Gitana Gitana” is a song by Willie Colón (born April 28, 1950), the American salsa musician, and social activist.

Here’s the original version of “Gitana” below, by Willie Colón. The song’s original name is “Gitana”, means “Gipsy Girl”.

Willie Colón sings Gitana

Spanish

Por si un día me muero
Y tú lees este papel
Que sepas lo mucho que te quiero
Aunque no te vuelva a ver

Gitana, Gitana
Gitana, Gitana
Tu pelo, tu pelo
Tu cara, tu cara

Sé que nunca fuiste mía
Ni lo has sido, ni lo eres
Pero de mi corazón
Un pedacito tú tienes
Tú tienes, tú tienes, tú tienes, tú tienes

Gitana, Gitana
Gitana, Gitana
Tu pelo, tu pelo
Tu cara, tu cara

Porque sabes que te quiero
No trates de alabarme tú
Pues lo mismo que te quiero
Soy capaz hasta de odiarte yo

Y tengo celos del viento porque acaricia tu piel
De la Luna la que miras
Del Sol porque te calienta
Yo tengo celos del agua
Y del peinecito que a ti te peina

Y por los celos, los celos, los celos
A mí el corazón me arde, me arde
Y por los celos, los celos, los celos
A mí el corazón me arde, me arde

Las palabras son de aire, y van al aire
Mis lágrimas son agua, y van al mar
Cuando un amor se muere
Sabes chiquita a dónde va
Sabes chiquilla a dónde va

Sin mirarte yo te miro
Sin sentirte yo te siento
Sin hablarte yo te hablo
Sin quererte yo te quiero

La nota es porque es imposible seguir viviendo esta agonía
Quiero que sepas lo que yo siento
Aunque nunca podrás ser mía

Sin mirarte yo te miro
Sin sentirte yo te siento (Yo te siento)
Sin hablarte yo te hablo
Sin quererte yo te quiero

Las manos se me sudaban, el pecho me palpitaba
Loco, enamorado
Y tú nunca sabías nada

Sin mirarte yo te miro
Sin sentirte yo te siento (Lo siento)
Sin hablarte yo te hablo
Sin quererte yo te quiero

Anoche vi en tus ojos que me querías, y te bese
Saboreando tus labios dulces
Y abrazando la almohada, me desperté

Sin mirarte yo te miro
Sin sentirte yo te siento (Te quiero)
Sin hablarte yo te hablo
Sin quererte yo te quiero

Bien sé que tú, yo se bien que tú, yo se bien que tú
Ni te has dado cuenta de este muchacho
“Al que madruga Dios lo ayuda”
Y eso espero, pues me paso toda la noche por ti desvelado

Ay na’ ma’
Tócamelo

Sin mirarte yo te miro
Sin sentirte yo te siento
Sin hablarte yo te hablo
Sin quererte yo te quiero

Solo, solo para ti, solo para ti yo soy, solo para ti seré
Espero con la esperanza que algún día me puedas ver

Sin mirarte yo te miro
Sin sentirte yo te siento
Sin hablarte yo te hablo
Sin quererte yo te quiero

Las palabras van al aire
Las lágrimas al mar
Pero el amor cuando muere, dime nena a dónde va
Dime Gitanita

Sin mirarte yo te miro
Sin sentirte yo te siento
Sin hablarte yo te hablo
Sin quererte yo te quiero

Sé que nunca fuiste mía
Ni lo has sido, ni lo eres
Pero de mi corazón
Un pedacito tú tienes, mi Gitanita

Sin mirarte yo te miro
Sin sentirte yo te siento
Sin hablarte yo te hablo
Sin quererte yo te quiero

Sin mirarte yo te miro
Sin sentirte yo te siento
Sin hablarte yo te hablo
Sin quererte yo te quiero

English translation

In case one day I die
And you read this paper
That you know how much I love you
Even if I do not see you again

Gypsy, Gypsy
Gypsy, Gypsy
Your hair, your hair
Your face, your face

I know you were never mine
You have not been, nor are you
But from my heart
A bit you have
You have, you have, you have, you have

Gypsy, Gypsy
Gypsy, Gypsy
Your hair, your hair
Your face, your face

Because you know I love you
Do not try to praise me
Well, the same as I love you
I’m capable of even hating you

And I’m jealous of the wind because it caresses your skin
From the Moon you look
From the Sun because it warms you
I’m jealous of water
And the comb that combs you

And because of jealousy, jealousy, jealousy
My heart burns, it burns me
And because of jealousy, jealousy, jealousy
My heart burns, it burns me

The words are air, and go to the air
My tears are water, and they go to the sea
When a love dies
You know how small it is going
You know, little girl, where are you going?

Without looking at you I look at you
Without feeling, I feel you
Without talking to you I talk to you
Without wanting you I love you

The note is because it is impossible to continue living this agony
I want you to know what I feel
Although you can never be mine

Without looking at you I look at you
Without feeling I feel you (I feel you)
Without talking to you I talk to you
Without wanting you I love you

My hands were sweating, my chest was throbbing
Crazy in Love
And you never knew anything

Without looking at you I look at you
Without feeling I feel you (I’m sorry)
Without talking to you I talk to you
Without wanting you I love you

Last night I saw in your eyes that you loved me, and I kissed you
Savoring your sweet lips
And hugging the pillow, I woke up

Without looking at you I look at you
Without feeling I feel you (I love you)
Without talking to you I talk to you
Without wanting you I love you

Well I know that you, I know well that you, I know well that you
You have not noticed this boy
??The early bird God helps??
And I hope so, because I spend all night for you awake

Ay na ?? ma ??
Touch it

Without looking at you I look at you
Without feeling, I feel you
Without talking to you I talk to you
Without wanting you I love you

Alone, only for you, only for you I am, only for you I will be
I hope with hope that someday you can see me

Without looking at you I look at you
Without feeling, I feel you
Without talking to you I talk to you
Without wanting you I love you

The words go to the air
The tears to the sea
But love when it dies, tell me baby where it’s going
Tell me Gitanita

Without looking at you I look at you
Without feeling, I feel you
Without talking to you I talk to you
Without wanting you I love you

I know you were never mine
You have not been, nor are you
But from my heart
A bit you have, my Gitanita

Without looking at you I look at you
Without feeling, I feel you
Without talking to you I talk to you
Without wanting you I love you

Without looking at you I look at you
Without feeling, I feel you
Without talking to you I talk to you
Without wanting you I love you

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