Van Morrison, "Brown-eyed Girl"

Truly one of the all-time rock and roll great songs. They don’t call him Van the Man for nothing. Astral Weeks, only his second album recorded in 1968, is out of this world. It’s a song cycle, a whole document in song with a beginning, middle and ending. One thing about great albums is that you will often find that every single song on the album is good. There will not even be one lousy song. This is true of Astral Weeks. Astral Weeks almost reminds me of very early Bowie when he was nearly a folkie. If you have never heard or God forbid heard of Van Morrison, you really need to check him out. Moondance was also a very good album, I believe. Once again, not one bad song and the feeling of a seamless whole. Brown-eyed Girl is one of his most famous songs. It was actually one of the first solo songs he wrote after he left Them, a great band in its own right. It appeared on the very first album, Blowin’ Your Mind, released in 1967. The song was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Hey, where did we go? Days when the rains came Down in the hollow Playing a new game Laughing and a-running, hey, hey Skipping and a-jumping In the misty morning fog with Our, our hearts a-thumping And you, my brown-eyed girl You, my brown-eyed girl
Whatever happened To Tuesday and so slow? Going down to the old mine with a Transistor radio Standing in the sunlight laughing Hide behind a rainbow’s wall Slipping and a-sliding All along the waterfall With you, my brown-eyed girl You, my brown-eyed girl
Do you remember when we used to sing Sha la la la la la la la la la la dee dah? Just like that Sha la la la la la la la la la la dee dah La dee dah
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 about Making love in the green grass Behind the stadium With you, my brown-eyed girl You, my brown-eyed girl
Do you remember when we used to sing Sha la la la la la la la la la la dee dah? Laying in the green grass Sha la la la la la la la la la la dee dah Dee dah dee dah dee dah dee dah dee dah dee Sha la la la la la la la la la la la la Dee dah la dee dah la dee dah la D-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d
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2 thoughts on “Van Morrison, "Brown-eyed Girl"”

  1. There’s no music like that anymore Rob. This computer pop and rap crap from today sucks. I’m not trying to put all of today’s music down, but the stuff I grew up with in the 70’s as a kid dwarfs this shit today. (Try Queen’s “Somebody to love” from the 1976 album “A day at the races as a starter).You tell me.

  2. Some are saying music like this can’t be produced cause the companies can’t front a band (blame music downloads). But then again, there was some crap back in the golden age too. Look at some of the cheesy hair bands driving in limos.

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