Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Artist: Van Morrison

Release:  1967

Album:  Blowin’ Your Mind

Brown Eyed Girl has had over 16 million hits just on YouTube!!  Van The Man says he’s never received a penny in royalties – but then have you ever heard of Bang records?

It dates from an age when you would make a feature of the fact that the recording was in stereo.

All we know is that if you write a chorus with the words Sha la la la .. la te da people are going to sing along!

Structure

Brown Eyed Girl has an interesting structure.

It has a refrain at the end of each verse – these are lines that get repeated with the same words – here its the word ‘my brown eyed girl, yeah you, my brown eyed girl’.  Talk about making sure your audience will remember the title!

It also has a strange 2 bar pre-chorus which forms a nice link to the big joining in bit of the sha la la chorus.

So the structure is:

Intro, verse 1+ refrain, verse 2 + refrain, pre chorus, chorus, instrumental, verse 3 + refrain, pre chorus, chorus to fade.

 

Strum Pattern

There are 4 beats to the bar in this piece.

We’ll upload a video of how to do the strum pattern soon, promise!

MAIN PATTERN
This strum pattern is in quavers and starts on beat 1.
Stroke:  D  (U)  D   U  (D)  U   D  (U)
Count:   1   +   2   +   3   +   4   +

Chords

Lyrics

Instrumental(|G    2     3     4   |C    2     3    4   |G     2     3     4    |D    2     3     4  :||


Verses

|G    2     3         4     |C    2     3    4   |G     2     3          4          |D         2     3     4
            Hey where did we go                               days where the rains      came
            What    ever happened                             tuesday    is so         slow
         so hard      to find  my way                     now    that    im all     on my own

|G    2     3       4       |C         2       3    4   |G     2     3       4      |D     2      3     4
            down in the   hollow                                   playing a new   game
      going down    the   old       mine with a                tran--sis-----tor  ra---dio
         i  saw you just the other day                            my            you  have  grown

|G    2     3        4        |C       2      3     4   |G     2     3         4     |D        2     3     4
            laughing and a     running    hey   hey                  skipping  and a  jumping
            standing in the    sunglight  laugh--ing                 hidin'  behind a rainbow  wall
            cast my  memory back there lord                          sometimes im overcome          thinking bout it

|G   2        3       4      |C     2     3       4   |G      2     3     4     |D      2       3     4  
     in  the  mis-----ty mor---ning   fog   with              ah             our hearts are thumping  with you
        slip-ping and a  sli--ding                            all along     the  water     fall       with you
       making love in the green grass                         behind      the sta-------dium          with you


Refrain
|C    2     3     4   |D   2       3    4     |G     2     3     4    |Em   2     3     4
                           my brown  eyed  girl
|C      2    3     4  |D   2       3     4    |G     2     3     4    |D7   2     3     4
   yeah you      my           brown  eyed  girl                            (Do    you   re-             


2 bars pre chorus

|D7   2         3     4  |1  2  3       4
-mem  ber  when                 we used to sing

Chorus
|D7      2     3     4  |D7   2   3       4      -member when                      we used to sing
      sha la   la   la    la   la    la 

|G       2    3    4     |D    2  3       4      |G    2      3    4    |C    2     3     4
    la     la    lala     te da                        sha la   la   la    la   la    la 

|G       2    3    4     |D    2   3     4       |G    2    3     4     |G    2     3     4  
    la     la    lala     te da          la te      da


Instrumental