Golden brown, texture like sun
Lays me down, with my mind she runs
Throughout the night, no need to fight
Never a frown with golden brown

Every time, just like the last
On her ship tied to the mast
To distant lands, takes both my hands
Never a frown with golden brown

Golden brown, finer temptress
Through the ages, she's heading west
From far away, stays for a day
Never a frown with golden brown

Da-da, da-da, da-da, da-da

Never a frown with golden brown (never a frown with golden brown)
Never a frown with golden brown (never a frown with golden brown)
Never a frown with golden brown (never a frown with golden brown)
Never a frown with golden brown (never a frown with golden brown)
Never a frown with golden brown (never a frown with golden brown)


Lyrics submitted by mrfurious4, edited by notmuchtosay, mwillems

"Golden Brown" as written by Dave Greenfield Brian Duffy

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  • +5
    Song FactIn the 2001 book on the Stranglers, Hugh (who wrote the song) said "it works on two levels, it's about heroin and also about a girl", "both provided me with pleasurable times". As far as I know, it isn't specifically about "a prostitute" like someone else said. Hugh nailed it though and the parallels are perfect. Every verse can be about a girl or heroin,depending on what you want it to mean.

    First: Give in with a smile and let it/her take away your mind/might for the night. No need to fight...

    Second: Take you away "by both hands" to (metaphorical) distant lands with little regard for safety (tied to the mast = Odysseus).

    Third: Over time it/she is moving on, moving forward,going away. West could mean either to "the new world" (in parallel with the ship travel) or along a trade route from the East, as herion is moved. There and gone in a day could also be either a fling you can't quite catch, or your stash.

    Good freakin song. Strangely I always thought it was just about a girl. I started looking into its meaning shortly after my buddy who played it religiously died of an overdose. Felt like an idiot when I learned what I know now...
    burrmanchuon June 18, 2015   Link

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