Brown Eyed Girl chords by Van Morrison


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Brown Eyed Girl | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: G (Gadd9) | C (Cadd9) | G (Gadd9) | D (Dadd4) :||

Verse 1

| G | C | G | D |
Hey, where did we go? Days when the rains came.
| G | C | G | D |
Down in the hollow, playin’ a new game.
| G | C | G | D |
Laughin’ and a-runnin’, hey, hey, skippin’ and a-jumpin’
| G | C | G | D |
In the misty morning fog with, our, our hearts a-thumping and
| C | D | G /F# | Em |
you, my brown-eyed girl. 
| C | D5/A | G | D |
You my, brown-eyed girl.

Verse 2

| G | C | G | D |
And whatever happened, to Tuesday and so slow?
| G | C | G | D |
Going down the old mine with a transistor radio.
| G | C | G | D |
Standing in the sunlight laughing, hiding behind a rainbow’s wall.
| G | C | G | D |
Slipping and sliding, all along the waterfall with 
| C | D | G /F# | Em |
you, my brown-eyed girl. 
| C | D5/A | G | D | D5 | D5 |
You my, brown-eyed girl. Do you remember when, we used to sing?

Chorus 1

| G | C | G | D |
Sha-la-la, la-la, la-la, la-la, la-la tee-da (just like that).
| G | C | G | D |
Sha-la-la, la-la, la-la, la-la, la-la tee-da, la-tee-da.

Breakdown

| G (Gadd9) | G6 G | G5 | G5 (G6) |
| G | C | G | D |

Verse 3

| G | C | G | D |
So hard to find my way, now that I’m all on my own.
| G | C | G | D |
I saw you just the other day, my, how you have grown.
| G | C | G | D |
Cast my memory back there Lord, sometimes I’m overcome thinking ’bout it.
| G | C | G | D |
Making love in the green grass, behind the stadium with 
| C | D | G /F# | Em |
you, my brown-eyed girl. 
| C | D5/A | G | D | D5 | D5 |
You my, brown-eyed girl. Do you remember when, ah we used to sing?

Chorus 2

| G | C | G | D |
Sha-la-la, la-la, la-la, la-la, la-la tee-da (lying in the green grass).
| G | C | G | D |
Sha-la-la, la-la, la-la, la-la, la-la tee-da (bit by, bit by, bit by, bit by, bit by, bit).
| G | C | G | D |
Sha-la-la, la-la, la-la, la-la, la-la tee-da (sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-la,la, tee-da-la, tee-da-la, tee-da-la, da da da, de da da, de da da, de da). 
| G | C | G | D |
Sha-la-la, la-la, la-la, la-la, la-la tee-da (be-de-bit by, be-de-bit by, be-de-bit by, be-de-bit by)



Brown Eyed Girl Chords: Learn the progressions


Brown Eyed Girl guitar lesson + TAB T

Using almost exclusively the good old I – IV – I – V chord progression, Brown Eyed Girl only adds an Em to complete the chords.

In the key of G, the verse looks like this:

||: G (I) | C (IV) | G | D (V) :|| x4
| C | D | G /F# | Em (VI) |
| C | D5/A | G | D | D5 | D5 |

Having such simple open-position chords makes Brown Eyed Girl an excellent initial challenge for the beginner guitarist.

Considering this is still played in many function bands, duos, and solo performers, you may have to play this song for the rest of your life, just like Van the Man himself has for decades.

If you are on your own, the question is; how do you incorporate that intro lick into strumming if it’s only you playing? Well, you could try this:

Brown Eyed Girl chords and TAB intro

And what about the breakdown section, can that bass line and initial guitar licks somehow be played on just one acoustic guitar? Of course, it can!

Members get TAB for all sections of Brown Eyed Girl, designed for one acoustic guitar. Here’s a link to the complete lesson: Brown Eyed Girl – Guitar Lesson with TAB.



The biggest hit of the ’60s didn’t pay Van a penny

Van Morrison’s signature song, Brown Eyed Girl is one of his best-known and perhaps what most people come across before they discover his more complex compositions, Moondance, Crazy Love, And It Stoned Me, Tupelo Honey, and Into The Mystic.

Originally entitled Brown Skinned Girl, Van has developed a love-hate relationship with the song, claiming he’s “written about 300 songs better than that”. 

Still, this was his breakthrough single as a solo artist following his departure from his first band (Them) and set him up to sign his next record deal with Warner Bros.

Brown Eyed Girl remains his best-known song and he does play it, reluctantly, during most gigs.

Perhaps the bitter feelings Mr. Morrison has regarding Brown Eyed Girl are down to the fact that even though he wrote it, he never received any royalties. The contract he signed with Bang Records in 1967 effectively gave them all the rights to it.

He even wrote a song about it entitled The Big Royalty Check

Considering Brown Eyed Girl is one of 10 songs played on American radio to have over 10 million plays, I guess his frustrations are justified.

To be fair to Van, if I’d written the biggest hit of the ’60s and got so ripped off I didn’t get a penny for it, I’d be pretty pissed off too!



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This collection of beginner acoustic tunes will teach you how to arrange for one acoustic guitar, as well as how to create a supporting part.

Playing songs will help you with switching between open-position chords and give you the context you need to understand how music works theoretically.


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Van Morrison tunes

Van Morrison wrote Brown Eyed Girl.

Starting in his native Northern Ireland with the band Them, Van Morrison’s solo career began with one of the worst record deals in the history of the business.

His best-known tunes include Gloria, Brown Eyed Girl, Moondance, Crazy Love, Into The Mystic, and Have I Told You Lately.


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