Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#10); 1967

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

In 1965, Van Morrison, lead singer for Them, was riding high as Here Comes The Night reached #2 in Britain. Here in the States it was competing with Gloria, another Them single, for attention, and fell far short of its UK high water mark. Gloria, meanwhile, lasted one week at #93, then disappeared until the following spring when it reached #10 in a version by garage-rockers The Shadows Of Knight. Another year passed with no Van chart action. By now he was in New York, recording solo. One of the songs slated for the March, 1967 recording sessions was originally called Brown Skinned Girl and concerned interracial romance. Although the version laid down by Van had none of that (for then) shocking content, it did contain the lyric “makin’ love in the green grass.” After that line was sanitized for radio consumption, Brown Eyed Girl rose to #10 and went on to become one of the most popular songs of the 1960’s.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Bert Berns

Lyrics Written by:

  • Van Morrison