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.
“the gypsy swore our future was right
Well maybe baby the gypsy lied”
“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”
“I went to see the gypsy the other night”
“Now my ass was draggin’ when from a passin’ gypsy wagon”
“I woke to a gypsy girl sayin’ ‘Drink this’”
All joking aside, “Long Walk Home” is awesome.