Sunday, November 17, 2013

Van Morrison: Brown Eyed Girl (1967)



One of those songs that you never forget. Van Morrison, a British r&b singer wrote and released the song in the summer of 1967, when I was nine. I first heard it on the old CFOX radio station while living in Montreal, the year of Expo 67, the world's fair and the “Summer of Love.” I was then too young to understand the song’s full implications but I loved hanging around the colourful hippies who lived upstairs from us, listening to the music while helping them to restore and refinish old furniture.

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Brown Eyed Girl
by 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