Gypsy (Uriah Heep song)

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"Gypsy"
Single by Uriah Heep
from the album ...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble
B-side Bird of Prey
Released 1970
Format 7"
Genre Progressive rock, heavy metal
Length 6:37
Label Bronze
Mercury
Writer(s) Mick Box, David Byron
Producer(s) Gerry Bron
Uriah Heep singles chronology
"Gypsy"
(1970)
"Lady in Black"
(1971)

"Gypsy" is the debut single by British progressive rock/hard rock band Uriah Heep. It is the opening track on their first album, ...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble, released in 1970. "Gypsy" was written by Mick Box and David Byron. The B-side of the song in most countries was "Bird of Prey", though in others, the B-sides were "Wake Up (Set Your Sights)", "Come Away Melinda" and "Lady in Black".[1] The album version of "Gypsy" lasts more than six and half minutes, while the single version lasts less than three minutes. The song was also included on the band's first compilation album, The Best of Uriah Heep, and on two live albums, 1973's Uriah Heep Live and the later Live in Armenia.[2] The song is structured with an intro, outro and three verses with no chorus, and uses only four chords: Cm, G#, G and C#-C.[3]

Covers[edit]

The song was covered by American noise rock band GodheadSilo in 1996, appearing on their Booby Trap 7" EP.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Country (1970) Peak
position
Germany 30

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Official Uriah Heep Discography". Heepfiles.info. Retrieved 2013-11-26. 
  2. ^ "Uriah Heep Discography - Live Albums", The Official Uriah Heep Discography. Retrieved October 8, 2012
  3. ^ "Uriah Heep - Gypsy tab", guitareTAB. Retrieved October 8, 2012
  4. ^ "Uriah Heep Cover Songs", the covers project. Retrieved October 8, 2012