Segue Fever: Gypsy Edition

It’s funny, the memories music trigger.

I used to tag along with my dad when he went to pick up takeout. The best was going down to Napoli’s to get a pizza, because I’d get to choose a song or two on the jukebox.

There were two tunes I’d play over and over, Yellow Submarine, and Mary Hopkin’s Those Were the Days.

I’d slide up on a stool at the bar next to my father, stare at the bouncing lights on the Miller High Life sign, and sip a Coke while my father had a grown-up drink. While we waited, I’d imagine I was actually in the song:

Once upon a time there was a tavern
Where we used to raise a glass or two
Remember how we laughed away the hours
And dreamed of all the great things we would do

I’d forgotten about it until listening to Gogol Bordello’s Start Wearing Purple. Both share the same gypsy roots, and while they couldn’t be more different, they really are oddly alike.

Ladies and gentlemen, now for the strange part:

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4 responses to “Segue Fever: Gypsy Edition

  1. Both use a traditional Gypsy folk song as its foundation and structure, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the same song.

  2. I’m not sure if this is based on traditional gypsy music:

  3. Never watched the old Roseanne sitcom much, which is weird because whenever I did it seemed quite good.

    Anyhow, I once caught the very end of an episode where I guess there’d been a sub-theme of mistaken lyrics. Before turning in, Roseanne and John Goodman are cracking up over this Cher song:

    “Gypsies, chimpanzees …”

    “And every night all the men would come around, and lay the monkey down.”

    LQ

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