"Brown Eyed Girl" as written by and Van Morrison....
Hey where did we go,
Days when the rains came
Down in the hollow,
Playin' a new game,
Laughing and a running hey, hey
Skipping and a jumping
In the misty morning fog with
Our hearts a thumpin' and you
My brown eyed girl,
You're my brown eyed girl.

Whatever happened
To Tuesday and so slow
Going down the old mine
With a transistor radio
Standing in the sunlight laughing,
Hiding behind a rainbow's wall,
Slipping and sliding
All along the water fall, with you
My brown eyed girl,
You're my brown eyed girl.

Do you remember when we used to sing,
Sha la la la la la la la la la la te da
Just like that
Sha la la la la la la la la la la te da, la te da

So hard to find my way,
Now that I'm all on my own.
I saw you just the other day,
My how you have grown,
Cast my memory back there, Lord
Sometime I'm overcome thinking 'bout
Making love in the green grass
Behind the stadium with you
My brown eyed girl
You're my brown eyed girl

Do you remember when we used to sing
Sha la la la la la la la la la la te da (lying in the green grass)
Sha la la la la la la la la la la te da (bit, bit, bit, bit, bit, bit)
Sha la la la la la la la la la la te da ( sha la la la la la...)
Sha la la la la la la la la la la te da


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"Brown Eyed Girl" as written by Van Morrison

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    General CommentI am a huge Van fan and though I do not consider this one of his best pieces I had to inform you of a little tidbit I fould out. The origional lyrics were 'Brown SKINNED girl' not browned eyed girl, but the lyrics were considered to controversial at the time and they were changed. Sweet Thing is still the greatest Van song of all time and possibly the greatest song ever written in my mind.
    rvmcdon June 06, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAnal Sex "Down in the hollow", "Playing a new game", "Going down to the old mine", "Slipping and a-sliding" (lube), & "Making love in the green grass
    BEHIND the stadium". That last one might be a stretch but i'm pretty sure he's talking about hittin' that hershy highway. Or Maybe Not.
    StraitFacedGrinon June 19, 2007   Link
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    Song MeaningI can't believe it took 3 pages of comments before mmmmmm22 got the right meaning... I mean I know it sounds like a love song on the surface, but, hey, all heroin inspired songs do. Yes, brown-eyed Susan is type of heroin. Yes, heroin is often personified as a girl because it interacts the same parts of the brain as sex. Also, because the withdrawal symptoms set in 12-24 hours after the last dose, the addict is compelled to do it often and thus feels as if he/she has formed a relationship with the drug. MANY lines in the song allude to smack but here are just a few - "Down in the hollow, playin a new game"[depressant in a needle, experimenting with h], "our hearts a-thumping" [makes one's blood pressure rise], "going down to the old mine" [again, "down" as in depressant, and "old mine" double meaning-vein and place to shoot up], "slipping and sliding" [trying to find a vein].
    No, I have never done heroin. Yes, I have read the wiki page and listened to my share of 70's music.
    allOfuRwrongon July 26, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song is clearly about heroin.
    hitbythemusicon August 14, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe part that really gives away the fact that this song is about anal sex, but nobody has mentioned and is not properly quoted in the lyrics above:

    "Bit by bit by bit by bit by bit by bit, shalala lah ti da." He's not just doing that jazz thing where they make sounds that are cool, like most people think.

    Get it? Bit by bit? Kinda have to take it... slowly. Painful if you don't. Anyway, the people who don't want to admit the song's really a big joke disguised as a love song, kinda like Lola by The Kinks (a song about a transvestite), or Everlong by Foo Fighters (a song about a blow job) or Longview by Green Day (a song about masturbating), are probably pretty pretentious in real life and live in the Bible Belt or something.
    camdozeron August 23, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI can't believe that nobody has commented on this song! This is probably one of the best songs of all time. Interpetation is pretty literal; its about an old love he used to have, and his fond memories of the time and love they spent together.
    JennyMayKayon April 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentto karlee you will always be my brown eyed girl, never forget dancing to this song in business class ! Thats what this song reminds me of
    LiveUrLifeon May 02, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song makes me wish my eyes were brown
    jeannieon July 06, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHeh, we play this song every year at our camp's dance. It's a tradition.
    Nikkouon July 21, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere is one piece of indisputable evidence in regards to the Anal Sex theory that no one has mentioned. While not written in the lyrics above, the words " Bit by Bit by Bit" are clearly heard at the end of the song. Those words have absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the song. But anyone who has had anal sex before can tell you that, unless your a porn star or a freak, you don't just ram it in there. You have to go Bit by Bit by Bit, so nothing gets torn. Understand? So clearly, the Brown Skinned Girl cover up was meant to conceal something even more taboo than interracial sex at the time... anal sex.
    Ovichsanon August 07, 2007   Link

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