"There I was....we were on this dark road, coming home from a show about....three years ago at the Satellite Lounge....it 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 light....so....we decided we were gonna go hustle off through the woods and see what´s over there, see if we can get a hand....so 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 lady.......so 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´....so 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 see....my 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..."
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 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
Springsteen also occasionally used a snippet of Gypsy woman in the midsection of Tenth Avenue Freeze-out during The Reunion Tour. (At 1:20:28)