Sunday, November 6, 2016

April Wine: Sign of the Gypsy Queen (1981)



April Wine performs “Sign of the Gypsy Queen” in this 1981 performance; the song was written by Lorence Hud, a Canadian songwriter. It is the third track on The Nature of the Beast, the band's ninth studio album, which was released on January 12, 1981. The Canadian band was originally formed in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1969 and moved to Montreal in early 1970.

The four original members are David Henman (guitar), Ritchie Henman (drums), Jim Henman (bass guitar), and Myles Goodwyn (lead vocals and guitar). They have undergone a number of line-up changes in the last four decades and have a long history in rock music, some of which you can read [here]. The band performed together until 1986, and after a hiatus of more than five years they returned in 1992. The current members are Myles Goodwyn, Brian Greenway, Richard Lanthier and Roy Nichol.

Sign of the Gypsy Queen
by Lorence Hud

Lightning smokes on the hill arise
Brought the man with the warning light
Shouting loud, “You had better fly!”
While the darkness can help you hide
Trouble’s comin’ without control
No-one’s stayin’ that’s got a hope
Hurricane at the very least
In the words of the gypsy queen

Sign of the gypsy queen
Pack your things and leave
Word of a woman who knows
Take all your gold and you go

Get my saddle and tie it on
Western wind, who is fast and strong
Jump on back, he's good and long
We'll resist 'til we reach the dawn
Runnin' seems like the best defense
Stayin' just don't make any sense
No-one could ever stop it now
Show the cards of the gypsy town

Sign of the gypsy queen
Pack your things and leave
Word of a woman who knows
Take all your gold and you go

Shadows movin’ without a sound
From the hold of the sleepless town
Evil seems to be everywhere
Heed the spirit that brought despair
Trouble's comin' without control
No-one’s stayin’ that’s got a hope
Hurricane at the very least
In the words of the gypsy queen

Sign of the gypsy queen
Pack your things and leave
Word of a woman who knows
Take all your gold and you go

Sign of the gypsy queen
Pack your things and leave
Word of a woman who knows
Take all your gold and you go

Sign of the gypsy queen
Pack your things and leave
Word of a woman who knows
Take all your gold and you go