She was a gypsy woman ...
No, that's another song.
Today I'm talking about a tune about another gypsy woman, a lady operating out of a "quaint caravan" who "can look in the future and drive away all your fears.
"I see your bike ... it's someplace far away ... it's in the Alamo ... in the basement!"
But the song didn't make much of an impact on American ears until The Ink Spots changed the "i" to a "y" and gave it their Ink Spot sheen:
Years before she saw the USA in her Chevrolet, Dinah Shore also wanted to believe The Gypsy:
Louis Armstrong took The Gypsy to New Orleans (even though this was from a concert in Chicago):
At least one doo-wop group, The Five Keys, ventured into that quaint caravan for spiritual and romantic advice:
Here's that doo-wop colored Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs version I mentioned above. This was on their second album, which I still like even more than their first album with "Wooly Bully.":
For the past 20-plus years, my favorite version of "The Gypsy" is the one by Austin honky-tonker Cornell Hurd, which was on his album A Stagecoach Named Desire. Unfortunately it's apparently not on Youtube or any other place from which I can embed.
So instead, I'll go out with this honky-stomp version by another Texan, Doug Sahm with the Sir Douglas, from their 1971 album The Return Of Doug Saldaña:For more deep dives into songs, check out The Stephen W. Terrell Web Log Songbook