blowin-yourmind#6 – Van Morrison – “Brown Eyed Girl” – (1967)

This is one of the all-time greats. A lot of Van Morrison’s songs are… well “somber” might not be the best word, but they aren’t all really upbeat and happy. But this one is. And really, it may have been originally released in 1967, but it could’ve come out whenever. It’s timeless.

Jimmy Buffett – “Brown Eyed Girl” – (1983)

First, sorry for linking to a live version – but ol’ Jimmy ain’t too bad live. Even if he happens to pander to the Chicago crowd in that video. Obviously, this is not a Buffett-original (although I would suggest the Buffett album version over a live version). The song was originally done by the incomparable Van Morrison in 1967. It remains Van Morrison’s signature song. This version was also a hit, hitting #13 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1983.