Brown Eyed Girl

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Learn how to play Brown Eyed Girl on guitar.


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Brown Eyed Girl Tab



G … C … G … D … (play two times, see riff details below)




Hey where did we go
Days when the rains came
Down in a hollow
Playing a new game
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Laughing and a-running, hey hey
Skipping and a-jumping
In the misty morning fog with
Our hearts a-thumpin’




C D G Em
And you … my brown-eyed girl
C D G D7
You’re my … brown-eyed girl


And 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
Slippin’ and a-slidin’
All along the waterfall


With you … my brown-eyed girl
You’re my … brown-eyed girl




D7 G
Do you remember when … we used to sing
(G) C G D7
Sha la la la la la la la la la la ti da… just like that
G C G D7 G
Sha la la la la la la la la la la ti da… la ti da




G … C … G … D … (repeat as desired)


So hard to find my way

Now that I’m all on my own

I thought it just the other day

My how you have grown


Cast my memory back there, Lord

Sometimes I’m overcome thinkin’ about it

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 ti da… just like that

Sha la la la la la la la la la la ti da… la ti da

Sha la la la la la la la la la la ti da…

Sha la la la la la la la la la la ti da…


Chords Used

Here are the basic chords the song uses.
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G C D D7 Em

Intro Riff, v1


Here is one way to play the distinctive intro riff. This approach will keep your left hand in the same general fret position for each chord –- but some pinky work will be required. Be sure to voice the highest note you’re playing during each change — this gives the voice to the melody.





-|—9—-9—-9—-9—-9—|—0———————–|| (repeat)


Intro Riff, second version


Here is an alternative way to play the intro riff. This has your hands moving up/down the fretboard a bit more, but in some ways is desirable to the first version shown above. Thanks to this tab for the inspiration with this approach.





-|———————–|—0———5——–7—|| (repeat)





| G . . . | C . . . | G . . . | D . . . |



“Hey where did we go, days when the rains came…”

| G . . . | C . . . | G . . . | D . . . | (repeat)



“And you, my brown eyed girl…”

| C . . . | D . . . | G . . . | Em . . . |

| C . . . | D . . . | G . . . | D7 . . . |


“Do you remember when, we used to sing…”

| D7 . . . | . . . . | . . . . | . . . . |

“Sha la la la la la la…”

| G . . . | C . . . | G . . . | D . . . | (repeat)


Played before the final verse, perfect for a solo

| G . . . | C . . . | G . . . | D . . . |


Learn How To Play Van Morrison Brown Eyed Girl Guitar Chords


Brown Eyed Girl is a song written by Northern Irish singer, guitarist, and songwriter Van Morrison. It was originally released in the summer of 1967, and instantly reached international fame, making it into the top 10 for the Billboard charts.


van-morrison-brown-eyed-girl-tabThe song is now a staple of classic rock and is probably Van Morrison’s best-known work, having reached hundreds of millions of fans worldwide across multiple generations, and after being used in numerous films and other pop-culture references.


Despite its fame, when Brown Eyed Girl was originally released, the lyrics were considered incredibly controversial, and many radio stations decided to censor the lyrics of the song before playing it. Specifically, the lyric in question was the line about “making love in the green grass,” the sexual references of which was not common for the time. This prompted Van Morrison to record an edited version of the song, using a line from a different verse instead of the line about making love.


Today, the original version is widely accepted and commonly heard on a variety of media.


If you’re interested in learning to play Brown Eyed Girl on guitar, the good news is that the song is very appropriate for beginners. If you are a true beginner, and have only been playing guitar for a few months or less, you may find the introductory lick (for which the song is famous) to be somewhat difficult, though the primary chords of the song focus around G, C, D, and E minor, four very straightforward chords that should be within most beginning guitarists’ reach..


Even the riff that happens at the beginning of the song (and is repeated several times throughout the song by backup guitarists), can be quite approachable for beginners. We’ve included two versions of this lick above. Feel free to experiment with both of them and decide for yourself which version you like better and/or is easier to play.


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