Went to see the gypsy
Staying in a big hotel
He smiled when he saw me coming
And he said, "Well, well, well"
His room was dark and crowded
Lights were low and dim
"How are you" he said to me
I said it back to him.

I went down to the lobby
To make a small call out
A pretty dancing girl was there
And she began to shout
"Go on back to see the gypsy
He can move you from the rear
Drive you from your fear
Bring you through the mirror
He did it in Las Vegas
And he can do it here".

Outside the lights were shining
On the river of tears
I watched them from the distance
With the music in my ears.

I went back to see the gypsy
It was nearly early dawn
The gypsy's door was open wide
But the gypsy was gone
And that pretty dancing girl
She could not be found
So I watched that sun come rising
From that little Minnesota town.


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    General Commentbob said he never met elvis because he didn't want to. but i guess it could be about what he thought elvis would be like... idk
    jasssson December 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentFor me the song is about following some sort of guru ("went to see the gypsy") as part of his entourage for some time, beeing distracted from him (call in the lobby), and gaining self confidence from ones own roots (sun is rising from little Minesota town = Duluth, BDs town of birth.
    philberton November 07, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo comments on such a great song? But what is it about?

    I can detect some Christian themes, perhaps, but it also sounds like one of BD's personal anecdotes.
    caitsith01on November 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentA lot of people think the gypsy could be Elvis. That is why it is mentioned that "he did it in Las Vegas", and then it seems as if Elvis has left the building at the end of the song. But what the song really is about apart from this I don't know.
    gatesofon January 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about purchasing cocaine, doing it, and then running out and facing reality:

    He smiled when he saw me coming
    And he said, "Well, well, well"

    >>the dealer knew he would be coming by for his fix.

    His room was dark and crowded
    Lights were low and dim

    "How are you" he said to me
    I said it back to him.

    >> less than genuine greetings are exchanged
    >> the scene was covert but popular


    I went down to the lobby
    To make a small call out
    A pretty dancing girl was there
    And she began to shout
    "Go on back to see the gypsy
    He can move you from the rear
    Drive you from your fear
    Bring you through the mirror
    He did it in Las Vegas
    And he can do it here".

    >> He goes down to the lobby to try and make a phone call but gets yelled at by a dancer, telling him to go do some more coke, sarcastically, making him remember how it makes him feel better. I think it says "beer" instead of mirror, referring to coke keeping people drinking all night. And the reference to vegas is, I believe, referring to a previous coke experience, assuming it will be good again here.

    Outside the lights were shining
    On the river of tears
    I watched them from the distance
    With the music in my ears.

    >> he was very upset, coming down from a high and dealing with addiction

    I went back to see the gypsy
    It was nearly early dawn
    The gypsy's door was open wide
    But the gypsy was gone
    And that pretty dancing girl
    She could not be found
    So I watched that sun come rising
    From that little Minnesota town.

    >>goes to get more and the dealer is definitely gone, not just out, but gone. "door open wide"
    >>the girl that told him off is no where to be seen with his likes, and he has to watch a sunrise, coming down from coke in a little town in minnesota.
    pointlessIdentifieron August 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSounds like Bob at the time wanted to go back to a simpler time for him, hence ''little Minnesota town''.Bob never met Elvis but The Gypsy could represent show business.
    tacopronkon January 20, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI have nothing to base it on other than he was a 'gypsy' of sorts, but I always related this song to Jimi. It always put in that frame of mind, anyway. Perhaps, the sense of loss that he was here for a while, then too quickly gone. The literal Vegas and Minnesota references don't really play but that's what it always evoked for me, after all ain't that what it's all about, allowing you to make it your own personal attachment?
    Grand Koolioon September 07, 2013   Link

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