There's a port on a western bay
And it serves a hundred ships a day
Lonely sailors pass the time away
And talk about their homes

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

The sailors say, "Brandy, you're a fine girl
(You're a fine girl)
What a good wife you would be
(Such a fine girl)
Yeah, your eyes
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

The sailor said, "Brandy, you're a fine girl
(You're a fine girl)
What a good wife you would be
(Such a fine girl)
But my life, my love and my lady is the sea"

Yeah, Brandy used to watch his eyes
When he told his sailor's story
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

She hears him say, "Brandy, you're a fine girl
(You're a fine girl)
What a good wife you would be
(Such a fine girl)
But my life, my love and my lady is the sea
It is, yes, it is"

He said, "Brandy, you're a fine girl
(You're a fine girl)
What a good wife you would be
(Such a fine girl)
But my life, my love and my lady is the sea
It is, it is, yes, it is"

Lyrics submitted by dsfire, edited by janeaparis1

Brandy Lyrics as written by Elliot Lurie

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General CommentGeez, I'm glad so many of you appreciate this song....but everyone is missing two important points in the lyrics. The first part of the song sings of hundreds of sailors coming to the bar to see Brandy. They all love her, and say she could steal them from the sea. But she doesn't love any of them. The one sailor fell in love with, is an honest man. All of the sailors sing "You're a fine girl, what a good wife you would be" but are lying when they say she could "steal a sailor from the sea." If she loved them, they'd probably marry her, but she would be their mistress. The man she loves sings that the same about her charm, but he is honest and tells her his life, lover and lady is the sea.

    The dude who said it's about getting a waitress drunk and guys in a band turning down a gang....ummm, you need help. It's probably about a guy in this band who fell in love with a bartender and left her for his music career. He was probably honest with her, or at least wished he had been. And they probably fucked...
    ZinbobDanon March 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhen my husband and I went through L.A. this year we were listening to KRTH 101. I have always loved this song, well he heard it for the first time and I loved that I got to hear it with him. I believe Brandy loves a sailor who loves the sea. She knows he won't marry her, but she is strong and knows it ain't gonna happen. All the other sailors know she is the perfect woman, but they can't have her. It's sad and mysterious.
    spiceoflifeon March 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    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
  • +1
    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 29, 2010   Link
  • +1
    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 19, 2011   Link
  • +1
    MemoryRaise your hand if you're here because of Guardians Of The Galaxy 2.
    kenba2099on May 18, 2017   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 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 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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