“Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves” by Cher

The main theme of Cher’s “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves” is that of poverty, hypocrisy and prejudice experienced by working-class families. The narrator tells the story of a family in which the women dance to provide money, while the men either sell medicine or preach for rewards. This paints a picture of a unified and adjustable family of Romani (pejoratively called Gypsies) who are mostly insulted by the people in town.

Interestingly, the very locals who call them names are hypocritical. And this is because these locals really come around in the night and buy whatever the women are selling. And what we suspect the gypsy women might be selling is their bodies. This is therefore denoting prostitution.

Cher continues with the plight of the narrator who is impregnated by a hitchhiker. The boy disappears afterwards and leaves her pregnant with a daughter who grows under the very same circumstances in which the narrator was born. With no education, and a poor family, her daughter has no choice but to continue with the tradition of selling her sexuality for money. The cycle of poverty continues in this family with no ray of hope.

“They’d call us gypsies, tramps and thieves”

Facts about “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves”

This song, which came out in 1971, was the lead single from Cher’s seventh studio album “Chér”. After this single performed very well, Cher’s team decided to retitle the project (“Chér”) after this song.

In terms of its success, “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves” made it into the top 10 of Billboard’s “Hot 100” chart, peaking at position 1 in the process. It also performed impressively in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and Britain, peaking at numbers 1, 3, 2, and 4 respectively.

And in terms of sales, the song brought Cher and her label fortune, considering it sold over 3 million copies.

The official music video for this track is considered very special. And why? This is because it is officially the first ever music video of Cher’s musical career.

Cher (as usual) played no part in this song’s writing. A songwriter named Bob Stone is the one credited with the exclusive writing of “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves”. Not much is known about this writer except for the fact that this classic is one of his most notable works.

It should be noted that the “Gpysys” in the title isn’t really spelled correctly. The correct way to spell the plural of “gypsy” is actually “gypsies”.

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