GYPSY WOMAN

Studio version


From nowhere through the caravan
'Round the campfire light
A lovely woman in motion
With hair as dark as night
Her eyes were like that of a cat in the dark
They hypnotized me with love
She was a gypsy woman
She's a gypsy woman
She's a gypsy woman

She danced around and 'round
Guitar's melody
From the fire her face was aglow
How she enchanted me
How I'd like to hold her near
And kiss her hair and whisper in her ear
I love you, gypsy woman
I love you, gypsy woman
I love you, gypsy woman
I love you, gypsy woman

All through the caravan
She was dancing with all her men
Waiting for the rising sun
Everybody having fun
I hated to see her go
Knowing that she'll never know that I love her
Oh, that I love her

I love you, gypsy woman
I love you, gypsy woman
I love you, gypsy woman
I love you, gypsy woman
I love you, gypsy woman
I love you, gypsy woman
I love you, gypsy woman
I love you, gypsy woman
Ooh woman
Ooh


Info

GYPSY WOMAN is a 1963 song by The Impressions. See the original The Impressions version for more details.

Bruce Springsteen recorded a studio version of GYPSY WOMAN for the 1994 A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield various artists album. The track was cut in September or October 1993 at Thrill Hill West, Springsteen's home studio in Los Angeles, CA. Bruce Springsteen plays acoustic guitar and sings vocals on this track, and is backed by Tommy Sims on keyboards, Hammond B-3, bass, and percussion, Jerry McPherson on guitar, and Dan Huff on guitar. The track was co-produced by Springsteen and Sims.

The tribute album features and assortment of artists from different areas of the rock genre, including Gladys Knight, Steve Winwood, Lenny Kravitz, Whitney Houston, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, The Isley Brothers, Tevin Campbell, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Rod Stewart, Narada Michael Walden, Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, and Elton John. Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions also appear on the album. A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield was released on Warner Bros. Records on 22 Feb 1994.

Various artists -- A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield (album cover art)
Various artists -- A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield

CD - Warner Bros. (9 45500-2) - USA, 1994
CD - Warner Bros. (CDW 45500) - Canada, 1994
CD - Warner Bros. (9362-45500-2) - Germany, 1994
CD - Warner Bros. (WPCP-5796) - Japan, 1996
Cassette - Warner Bros. (4-45500) - USA, 1994
Cassette - Warner Bros. (9362-45500-4) - Germany, 1994

The above lyrics are for Bruce Springsteen's studio version of GYPSY WOMAN as released in 1994.

Other Official Releases

In addition to its release on A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield, Bruce Springsteen's studio version of GYPSY WOMAN was also included on a promotional sampler from the tribute album.

Various artists -- A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield (sampler cover art)
Various artists -- A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield

Promotional-only sampler compiling five tracks from the A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield album, in addition to one track (Public Enemy's "We're A Winner") which does not appear on the album.

Cassette - Warner Bros. (2/4-45500) - USA, 1994

Live History

Bruce Springsteen has never performed GYPSY WOMAN in full, but the song was performed with an all-star cast on 01 Mar 1994 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, NY, during the 36th Grammy Awards ceremony, as part of a medley in honor of Curtis Mayfield. See CURTIS MAYFIELD MEDLEY for more details.

Springsteen also occasionally used a snippet of GYPSY WOMAN in the midsection of TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT during The Reunion Tour.

Credits

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake).

Available Versions

List of available versions of GYPSY WOMAN on this website:

GYPSY WOMAN [Studio version]
GYPSY WOMAN [Original The Impressions version]

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