Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word whatever, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves’, or by going with another song by Cher, or anything else that you think fits, or as Fandango likes to say, “whatever floats your boat.” This song was written by Bob Stone under the title of ‘Gypsys, Tramps and White Trash’ and Cher released it on her seventh solo studio album in 1971. Stone wrote this song specifically for Cher, in order to cater more to an adult audience and Rob Tennanbaum a music editor at Blender, a columnist at GQ, a man who has written for The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Details, New York Magazine, Playboy, Spin, and The Washington Post described this song in Billboard magazine as one of the greatest songs of the 20th century. Cher earned her first Grammy Award nomination in the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance category with this, and it became her first solo #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 and it reached #4 in the UK. Cher is the only artist to have a #1 single on the Billboard charts each of the last six decades and she was backed by the Wrecking Crew on this, session musicians from L.A.
Gypsies and Travelers are often looked down on, facing routine daily racism, but the ones in this song were able to deal with the people in the town insulting them, because the men paid them well “every night” for their services. In this song the narrator is a girl who was “born in the wagon of a traveling show.” Her mother used to dance for the money that people threw at her, while her snake oil salesman father would do “whatever he could; preach a little gospel, sell a couple bottles of Doctor Good.” The narrator is 16 when she hooks up with a 21-year-old man in Mobile. Her family took care of him for a while and allowed him to travel with them to Memphis, although her father “would have shot him if he knew what he’d done”, implying that they had sex. Three months later, she is a “gal in trouble”, and the young man is no longer around. It is very likely that another child will be born soon in the wagon of a traveling show, while the narrator takes her mother’s place dancing for the money thrown at her and her father becomes the snake oil salesman. Being a Gypsy is like being stuck in a vicious circle, as it is hard to get out of that lifestyle and they struggle every day to make a living even resort to scamming others for money.
I was born in the wagon of a travelling 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