"Brandy (you're A Fine Girl)" as written by and Elliot Lurie....
There's a port on a western bay
And it serves 100 ships a day
Lonely sailors pass the time away
And talk about their lives

And there's a girl in this harbor town
And she works laying whiskey down
They say Brandy, fetch another round
And she serves them whiskey and wine

They say,"Brandy, you're a fine girl
What a good wife you would be
You could steal a sailor
From the sea.

Brandy wears a braided chain
Made of finest silver from the
North of Spain
A locket that bears the name
Of a man that Brandy loved.

He came on a summer's day
Bringing gifts from far away
But he made it clear he couldn't stay
No harbor was his home.

Brandy, you've a fine girl,
What a good wife you would be
But my life, my love and my lady is the sea.

Brandy used to watch his eyes
When he told his sailing stories
She could feel the ocean fall and rise
She saw its raging glory,

But he had always told the truth
Lord, he was an honest man
And Brandy does her best to understand.

At night when the bars close down
Brandy walks through a silent town
And loves a man who's not around
She still can hear him say

Brandy, you've a fine girl,
What a good wife you would be
But my life, my love and my lady is the sea.


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"Brandy" as written by Elliot Lurie

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    General CommentThe song is also tragic. It's about a girl who pines away for the rest of her life after a sailor who wants to commit, but just doesn't have it in him. I think it kind of adds insight into the human mind. We want to think we're capable of doing everything for love, or doing the right thing, but sometimes we just cant and we're clouded by our selfish interests.
    rockenpnayon May 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentGreat song. I blelive the line "She could feel the ocean foam rise" is actually "She could feel the ocean fall and rise".
    bnsfjordanon February 13, 2008   Link
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    My OpinionNot to be too picky but the seventh paragraph, third sentence reads" She could feel the ocean foam rise "

    It should read " She could feel the ocean fall and rise"
    songlisteneron February 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI was named after this song. It was my fathers favorite song. I enjoy the song as long as I dont think of the lyrics. The lyrics disturb me. The song plays on every womans irrational fear of becoming an old maid who pines away for a man. Any Man.

    I can't help but think " that selfish bastard!" How could he play that awful game with that woman knowing how she felt for him. What the hell was she thinking hanging around the place? I would have waited until he came back and let him watch me pack. That would be the last he'd see of me. Ugh! What a selfish ass!

    brandyraynaeon July 28, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningHere's the "skinny" on the song, from someone I met online. Like all legends,
    it may combine truth & myth:

    "...even better than just knowing the song.. a few years ago I spoke with a guy who said he
    knew the actual BRANDY from the song.. the sailor was in the 7th fleet stations in San
    Francisco and his name was *****.. He was a good southern boy and his family did not
    approve of Brandy.. she was a single mom who worked at a bar... she was about 5'5" with
    bright red hair curly as all get out.. when the song talks about laying whiskeys down..
    i always thought it refered to her serving drinks.., it seems that this was actually a
    game they played ( kind of like the quarters game they play at bars) anyway ***** and
    Brandy dated for about 7 years, and eventually did get married in 1970 ( if i remember
    right) and the looking glass band members (who had served with *****) the timing is
    about right for this song to have been a wedding gift to them.. Not sure how true all
    of this is, but it sure adds flavor to the song...
    figson December 18, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThank you dsfire for the lyrics. Many of my ancestors were mariners who fished off the Grand Banks. I think that the song expresses love, obligation, comittment, admiration and patience. Regards, stringofpearls
    stringofpearlson February 07, 2002   Link
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    General Commentchili peppers do it better
    KascadeJFfanon February 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commentfirst of all, I agree with rockenpnay's comment so much it's kind of scary, because uh, that comment was posted on my birthday, not to mention when the song and the first comment were posted, too.

    as for this song and what it means to me, well...a friend of mine introduced me to it about 7 years ago. for a few years afterwards, this song just pissed me off. really. I got pissed off everytime I would listen to it, because it made me mad that the guy goes on saying how great brandy is, and how she could steal a sailor away from the sea, and yet here he is, a sailor she is in love with(and he is in love with her), and yet he abandons her at the end! he gives her a locket, she wanders around alone after dark crying over the fact he just left her all alone...and for what? the damn sea? why couldn't she go with him?!

    ...yeah, I'm apparently still annoyed with the character in the song. however, my feelings towards this song changed a bit after it was sung to me...and i guess i feel a little softer where it's concerned now because i can see it as a lot more real. it's very bittersweet to me, for the reasons rockenpnay stated above, basically.

    the friend who shared this with me used to say i'm pretty much brandy from the song...i could never see the similarities until he sang this to me once, afterwards i thought about it, and i guess he was right all along. "brandy tries her best to understand," indeed. i still say the ending to this song is a big rip-off.
    delialon June 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song.
    But when is it set?
    Is it in the 18-1900's when sailing as a profession was at an all- time high rate?
    Or is this just some shipping guy and it was set in the 1970's. Anyhoo I really really like this song because sailing has always appealed to me. When I heard this song at the age of nine I loved the idea of a beautiful girl, living by the sea, having unrequited love for some hot sailor.
    I still really love the idea.
    Cady "Don't call me caddy"
    she_speakson October 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWow, this song just blows me away. This was my dad's favorite song when he was in the navy, so I think it has something to do with the military.

    All of the comments are great, but I had my own little twist on the meaning of this song. I think it has to do with all sailor's love for the sea, and the need to go back to it, even when it means leaving their loves behind. Something a lot of us have to deal with.

    "At night... when the bars close down
    Brandy walks through a silent town
    And loves a man... who's not around
    She still can hear him say"
    Just a minor note; this situation seems the same of all sailors, them leaving and their lovers continuing to mourn their departure.

    I'll probably think of more later, but I just had to post in response to this great song.
    mateoon January 02, 2007   Link

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