Impressions ( The ) - GYPSY WOMAN

First performance: 01/03/1994


Bruce performed the song only once:
36th Grammy Awards. A Curtis Mayfield medley with various artists and Bruce presenting Curtis with a special "Legend" Grammy award. With Steve Cropper, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Vernon Reid, Steve Winwood, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Narada Michael Walden, Don Was, and others. Bruce sings lead on "Gypsy Woman" and takes the first line of "People Get Ready". Mayfield and The Impressions (including Jerry Butler) are onstage for "Amen".
The medley included snippets of six songs written by Curtis Mayfield: 
Bruce also covered the song (Gypsy Woman) on a compilation album of various artists, celebrating the music of Curtis Mayfield. While many tribute albums are recorded after an artist has passed, this album was completed five years before Mayfield's death : released 1994. ( A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield )
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Springsteen also used a snippet of Gypsy woman in the midsection of Tenth Avenue Freeze-out during The Reunion Tour. 


"Gypsy Woman" is a 1961 rhythm and blues song written by Curtis Mayfield and recorded by his group The Impressions. The group's first single following the departure of lead singer Jerry Butler. In 1970, Brian Hyland recorded the hit version of the song, produced by Del Shannon. Hyland's version featured an electric guitar, organ, piano, bass, drums, plus a solo violin, representing the gypsy, which is heard during the bridge section of the song. It became a gold record. In that same year. 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

"Growin' Up" features a story about a gypsy woman, with Bruce singing a line from the Curtis Mayfield tune of that name.
"There I was....we were on this dark road, coming home from a show about....three years ago at the Satellite was me and Clarence and Miami and we got this flat tire.... so we pull over....and, like, we´re out in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the woods, but off in the woods we see this decided we were gonna go hustle off through the woods and see what´s over there, see if we can get a we stomped through the mud and we´re hustling through the woods and there in the middle of the woods....who could believe this, right? ….but right there in the middle of the woods....was this gypsy we knock on her door, the sign up on top of her door said ´Gypsy Lady´s´ and we go in....and she says ´Ok, you guys find old gypsy lady, you got three wishes, one wish each´ Clarence wishes for his 15th white suit....and Steven....Steven, he wished....he wished for Maureen, that´s his girlfriend and, me, I was no dummy, I wasn´t gonna wish for no suit, no girl ….so I thought ´Let me own laundromat at the corner of Cookman and Main, no, not that....a million bucks, no, no, I don´t need a million dollars´....I thought ´Oh, I got it, what I really need is....two good lawyers, no, no ....I said ´Gypsy lady, I wanna be.....I don´t care about nothing else, I just wanna be a rock´n´roller..." 
The Impressions:
were an American music group originally formed in 1958. Their repertoire includes doo-wop, gospel, soul, and R&B. Mayfield left the group after the release of the "Check Out Your Mind " LP in 1970 and began a successful solo career. Mayfield stayed a great inspiration to Bruce :  
Curtis Lee Mayfield (June 3, 1942, Chicago, IL–December 26, 1999, Roswell, GA) was an African-American soul, R&B, and funk singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known for his anthemic music with The Impressions during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Mayfield is highly regarded as a pioneer of funk and of politically conscious African-American music. Curtis Mayfield was a two time inductee into the GrammyHall of fame and winner of the Grammy Legend Award and lifetimes Achievement Award which was personally presented by Bruce in 1995
  • 01.03.94 Grammy Awards, after "The Curtis Mayfield Medley"
"Curtis, on behalf of all the musicians gathered here on stage and in the audience, we wanna thank you for the lasting soul and the deep beauty of the music that you´ve made… you´ve been an inspiration to all of us and it´s an honor to be up here with you tonight and I´m glad to present you with the Grammy Legend Award, we love you…"
" There's a beautifully socially–conscious soul of Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, "We're a Winner," keep on pushin'. Just great, great records that just filled the airwaves at a time when you couldn't have needed them more. You just couldn't have needed them more. "A Woman's Got Soul," what a beautiful, beautiful record to women. "It's All Right." It was the sound track of the Civil Rights Movement. And it was here, amongst these great African–American artists, that I learned my craft. You learned how to write. You learned how to arrange. You learned what mattered and what didn't. You learned what a great production sounds like. You learned how to lead a band. You learned how to front a band. "
  • Bruce also covered a song (Gypsy Woman) on a compilation album of various artists: 
Celebrating the music of Curtis Mayfield. While many tribute albums are recorded after an artist has passed, this album was completed five years before Mayfield's death : released 1994. ( A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield )


From nowhere through a caravan
Around the camp fire 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
(she was a) a gypsy woman
(she was a) a gypsy woman
(she was a) a gypsy woman
(she was a) a gypsy woman