“Gypsy Biker” is the Favorite Song of Professor Fury. OF ALL TIME.

faked by Thursday, September 27th, 2007

So for a while now the Professor and me have been saying things like “’Gypsy Biker’ is your favorite song” to each other, because we’ve been dreading what it might sound like (“Probable line fragment: ‘chasing that caravan through the night‘”). PrettyFaker KD defended the song, saying it was “actually the best song on the album and, to these ears, the best thing he’s done in more than twenty years.”

I don’t agree—but it ain’t half bad. You can stream the whole album via Q 104.3 and decide for yourself. One thing’s for sure—there’s some pretty dang good stuff on there. “Girls In Their Summer Clothes” made my spine tingle—there’s a relaxed tone to it, a bittersweet fond reminisce—I can’t quite ascertain who it reminds me of yet. But I like it!

And for you gypsy lovers out there: Bruce now has nine total songs mentioning that paragon of restlessness. The man knows a lot of gypsies, and is often going to visit them. New Jersey must be weird as all get out.

BRILLIANT DISGUISE
“the gypsy swore our future was right
Well maybe baby the gypsy lied”

SOUL DRIVER
“I’ll be your gypsy joker your shotgun rider”

OVER THE RISE
“I walk along the levee to see the gypsy man”

MY LOVER MAN
“Was it a gypsy’s curse or a hex sign”

SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
“We’ll pick up Hazy Davy and Killer Joe and I’ll take you all out to where the gypsy angels go
So we closed our eyes and said goodbye to gypsy angel row, felt so right”

LUCKY MAN
“I went to see the gypsy the other night”

BETTER DAYS
“Now my ass was draggin’ when from a passin’ gypsy wagon”

LOCAL HERO
“I woke to a gypsy girl sayin’ ‘Drink this’”

All joking aside, “Long Walk Home” is awesome.


10 Responses to ““Gypsy Biker” is the Favorite Song of Professor Fury. OF ALL TIME.”

  1. Interesting that this gypsy obsession seems to have taken off post-Tunnel of Love—which could lead us to draw some interesting correlations between the presence of gypsy and the quality of the Springsteen albums on which they appear.

    Ooh! I hear an echo of the old time music behind The Seeger Sessions in “Long Walk Home” when he says “they’re all rank strangers to me.” More of that!

    But: Bruce should not sing directly into the camera.

    And: I’m glad they pressed the “state fair imagery” button instead of “old car imagery” button for this video.

    However: I might be getting excited again.

  2. Except: maybe this “let’s idealize the small towns of our youth” thing kind of ruins it for me. I bet this will be the video in heavy rotation on CMT —it’s exactly right for that network, so wholly devoted to selling nostalgia for the present.

  3. gorjus says:

    Dude. I TOTALLY am!! Like, giddy excited!

  4. I have a very infrequently occurring and poorly studied Springsteen-specific form of bipolar disorder, by the way.

  5. gorjus says:

    Yeah yeah! I am beginning to get really excited. October 2, y’all!!

  6. gorjus says:

    Note: the “monkey on a leash” remark in “Livin’ in the Future” prompted me to search the FREEHOLD ORACLE on other “monkey” references. Four is too many.

    PART MAN, PART MONKEY
    Part man, part monkey, definitely
    Man in a monkey suit swears he’ll do no evil
    Part man, part monkey, looks like to me
    Part man, part monkey, baby that’s me

    REAL MAN
    Hell any monkey can

    BISHOP DANCED
    She glides like a monkey-mule kicking on the back slide

    WILD BILLY’S CIRCUS STORY
    And circus boy dances like a monkey on barbed wire

  7. gorjus says:

    Okay, I can’t stop. OMG BRUCE IS A FORD FAN (with six references):

    ICEMAN
    Won’t be able to stop us from hitting town in this dirty old Ford

    RAMROD
    She’s a roadrunner engine in a ‘32 Ford

    ONE STEP UP
    Went out and hopped in my old Ford

    SHUT OUT THE LIGHT
    Bobby pulled his Ford out of the garage and they polished up the chrome

    DARLINGTON COUNTY
    Seen Wayne handcuffed to the bumper of a state trooper’s Ford

    ALL I’M THINKINABOUT
    I’m in a flat bed Ford carrying a heavy load

    Chevrolet or Chevy (counting Camaro): five

    SEASIDE BAR SONG
    Well Billy bought a Chevy ‘40 coupe deluxe

    RACING IN THE STREET
    I got a sixty-nine Chevy with a 396

    LOST IN THE FLOOD
    races Sundays in Jersey in a Chevy stock super eight

    THUNDER ROAD
    In the skeleton frames of burned out Chevrolets

    RACING IN THE STREET
    In a Camaro with this dude from L.A.
    I blew that Camaro off my back and drove that little girl away

    Dodge sucks, with one, but huge bonus for being in a legendary song:

    JUNGLELAND
    Barefoot girl sitting on the hood of a Dodge

    But OMG OMG HE’S RICH award: Six Cadillacs:

    CADILLAC RANCH
    I’m gonna take them down to the Cadillac Ranch

    PINK CADILLAC
    I love you for your pink Cadillac

    JOHNNY BYE-BYE
    Up over the ridge came a white Cadillac

    ADAM RAISED A CAIN
    and the keys to your daddy’s Cadillac

    SEASIDE BAR SONG
    Hey girl, you wanna ride in Daddy’s Cadillac?

    NEW YORK CITY SERENADE
    Sittin’ low in the back seat of his Cadillac

    You should probably lose points for being on “Tracks” only.

  8. You only lose points for being on disc 4 of Tracks. Unless you’re “Brothers under the Bridge,” in which case you’re aces forever.

    Not to be confused with “Brothers under the Bridges (‘83)”!

  9. Roland says:

    The large number of Human Touch/Lucky Town period should be enough to give anyone pause about falling back on gypsy references.

    PS
    Amazon shipped my copy yesteday!

  10. Uglylilpup says:

    Some choice lyrics, now that the new record has really sunk in:

    “My faith’s been torn asunder
    Tell me is that rolling thunder
    Or just the sinking sound
    of something righteous going under?”

    “Livin’ in the Future” I think might just be #2 on the album (behind “Girls,” of course). But this one has some really peculiar like Vonnegutian time shifting. Well, maybe not that crazy. But the odd games with verb tense Bruce plays here…well, it’s all Bushy/Orwelly. And, like, say, “Hungry Heart” or “Glory Days,” there’s a melancholy underneath the shout-alonginess. Like “Girls,” really. They “pass me by.”

    Dammit, now I have to go listen to it again (for the third time today).