Mason Ruffner – Gypsy Blood

Mason Ruffner grew up in Texas but has adopted New Orleans as his home. In 1987, he released his second album entitled Gypsy Blood with the title track becoming a Mainstream Rock Track hit in 1987.

In the early 80s his band backed musicians such as  such as John Lee Hooker and Memphis Slim. He was spotted in 1985 by a CBS scout and was offered a contract. He released his self titled album in 1985 to critical praise.

He opened up for a variety of acts that included  Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jimmy Page, U2, and Ringo Starr. He also played on Bob Dylan’s album Oh Mercy.

He released his album Gypsy Blood in 1987 and it was produced by Dave Edmunds.

The song peaked at #11 in the Billboard Hot Track Charts in 1987. The album with the same title peaked at #80 in the Billboard Album Chart.

Gypsy Blood

Lord knows I was born a gypsy
My heart can steal you blind
I got my hand on my suitcase
Lots of travelin’ on my mind
Yeah, it’s that blood yeah, that gypsy blood
That carries me far from my love
My spirit flies just like a dove
I got that gypsy blood

I know that there ain’t nothin’
There’s nothin’ like a woman’s touch
But love just burns me like fire
Love is costin’ me too much
Must be that blood, must be that gypsy blood
That carries me far from my love
My spirit flies just like a dove
I got that gypsy blood

Do you wanta ride along with me, baby?
Well, I’m on the run
Well, I’m restless and I’m weary
I’m gonna shoot my gun!

Take me out there on that highway
Let the wind blow in my face
If I fall by the wayside
Somebody else can take my place
Yeah, it’s that blood yeah, that gypsy blood
That carries me far from my love
My spirit flies just like a dove
I got that gypsy blood

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

20 thoughts on “Mason Ruffner – Gypsy Blood”

  1. Another one I’ve never heard of, despite all his contacts. Weird. Song’s played well, just sort of so-so to me personally, but sounds like something that could’ve found a bit of a home on radio . Cool car in the video!

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      1. that seems apt…. Cray, there’s a name that I hadn’t thought of for a long time. It seemed like he was going to be the “next big thing” for a few years too, but never quite was.

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    1. Thanks CB…I heard someone give a Robert Cray comparison… there is a little bit of that… great groove.. I’ll be around soon when this work stuff blows over

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