♫ Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves ♫ (Redux)

Okay, once again perusing my list of songs requested or otherwise TBP, and I see that Scottie requested this one!  Now, I played it a couple of years ago and have no idea when Scottie requested it (I swear I used to be such an organized person that at one time, I’d have noted the date and time it was requested!), so I don’t know if it was before or after the last time I played it.  Ni modo … it’s a good story-telling, toe-tapping song and I hope you’ll all enjoy it!


According to SongFacts …

This was Cher’s first #1 solo hit, and part of a big comeback. 1967 was the last time she had a hit either on her own or with Sonny & Cher. She released a financially disastrous movie in 1969 called Chastity, and that same year released an album that tanked. That year she and Sonny revived their nightclub act, which Cher credits with improving her vocal skills. In 1971 the couple got a deal for their own variety show, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, and Cher got a record deal. The show launched in August and was a ratings success; “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves” came out in September, and in early November, it became the #1 song in America for two weeks. The show stayed on the air until 1974, and Cher charted six more times in the ’70s before a career lull that set the stage for an even more remarkable comeback in the late ’80s.

This was written by a music producer named Bob Stone, who also wrote Dottie West’s 1981 country hit “Are You Happy Baby?” Cher’s producer was Snuff Garrett, who was known for hiring Phil Spector to work at Liberty Records. Garrett was looking for a song that would accentuate Cher’s husky voice and exotic image, and Stone delivered it. The song was originally titled “Gypsies and White Trash,” but Garrett had Stone revise it to make the title less offensive.

I like this song, more for the beat and the tune than for the lyrics.

Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves
Cher

I was born in the wagon of a travellin’ show
My mama used to dance for the money they’d throw
Papa would do whatever he could
Preach a little gospel, sell a couple bottles of doctor good

Gypsy’s, tramps, and thieves
We’d hear it from the people of the town
They’d call us gypsy’s, tramps, and thieves
But every night all the men would come around
And lay their money down

Picked up a boy just south of mobile
Gave him a ride, filled him with a hot meal
I was sixteen, he was twenty-one
Rode with us to Memphis
And papa woulda shot him if he knew what he’d done

Gypsy’s, tramps, and thieves
We’d hear it from the people of the town
They’d call us gypsy’s, tramps, and thieves
But every night all the men would come around
And lay their money down

I never had schoolin’ but he taught me well
With his smooth southern style
Three months later I’m a gal in trouble
And I haven’t seen him for a while, uh-huh
I haven’t seen him for a while, uh-huh

She was born in the wagon of a travellin’ show
Her mama had to dance for the money they’d throw
Grandpa’d do whatever he could
Preach a little gospel, sell a couple bottles of doctor good

Gypsy’s, tramps, and thieves
We’d hear it from the people of the town
They’d call us gypsy’s, tramps, and thieves
But every night all the men would come around
And lay their money down

Gypsy’s, tramps, and thieves
We’d hear it from the people of the town
They’d call us gypsy’s, tramps, and thieves
But every night all the men would come around
And lay their money down

Songwriters: Bob Stone
Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

15 thoughts on “♫ Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves ♫ (Redux)

  1. Jill, Cher’s career took off sans Sonny and this is a good example as to why. Although her solo pop songs early on where a little cheesy at times, her voice and talent made you listen and watch. We should not forget with her TV show continuing, she had a vehicle to sing her songs. She was also aided by the sensational and sensuous costumes and dresses she wore. Keith

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    • I remember back in the day … I didn’t think she’d be a success sans Sonny, but boy was I wrong! She had the voice, the persona, and she did take off! And yeah, the accoutrements such as costume and such didn’t hurt, but without that powerful voice, they wouldn’t have mattered.

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    • I’m so glad!!! Yes, perhaps play it at the dinner table while he’s a captive listener, or maybe while he’s in the shower! Who doesn’t like oldies, anyway??? Compared to the music of today … no contest! I’ve been meaning to comment on a post of yours from a week or so ago, but haven’t gotten to it yet (obviously). Are you guys okay? I’ll hop over to your blog soon … promise!!! Hugs, my friend!

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      • We are fine. We are staying in a lovely guest house in Donegal and try to sort paperwork while sightseeing. One thing you need in Ireland is Patience. Nothing seem to go fast which is a relief. The other thing is a love for rain, midgets and teeny weeny roads. Thankfully, my dear husband drives despite his bad back. On the 15th it goes further down to county Mayo. That’s closer to the area where we can afford a cottage and a plot of land. But gosh is this country beautiful and the people lovely 😍

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  2. I’ve never really been a fan of Cher: the dreadful ‘Believe’ and her total massacre of Marc Cohn’s wonderful ‘Walking in Memphis’ are crimes against music. This one was ok, but I always felt it was an attempt at copying the theme of the O.C.Smith song ‘Son Of Hickory Holler’s Tramp,’ which had been a big hit here a couple of years earlier.

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