Original The Impressions version

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

She danced around and 'round
To a guitar melody
From the fire her face was all aglow
How she enchanted me
Oh, how I'd like to hold her near
And kiss, and forever whisper in her ear
I love you, gypsy woman
I love you, gypsy woman

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

The gypsy woman
A gypsy woman
She was a gypsy woman
She was a gypsy woman
She was a gypsy woman...

Page last updated: 18 Sep 2012


GYPSY WOMAN is a song written by Curtis Mayfield and originally released by The Impressions on their 1963 album debut The Impressions (ABC-Paramount, mono catalogue # ABC-450, stereo catalogue # ABCS-450). The song was also released as a single in 1961, with AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME on the B-side (ABC-Paramount, catalogue # 45-10241). It reached #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #2 on the Hot R&B Sides chart.

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The above lyrics are for the original The Impressions version of GYPSY WOMAN as released in 1961 and 1963.

Bruce Springsteen's Version

Bruce Springsteen performed GYPSY WOMAN once in 1994 and he also occasionally used a snippet of the song in the midsection of TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT during The Reunion Tour. See the studio version for more details.

Available Versions

List of available versions of GYPSY WOMAN on this website:


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