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"Big-legged" was the original celebratory code phrase for the female backside. Obviously, if you had big legs then they must culminate in an upper thigh/backside of similar proportions. The term "Big-Legged" was used in many songs, from Jerry Lee Lewis to Albert King. Eventually it just became the style to use the more obvious/crass description, which ...


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"Mustard on the beat" usually refers to the fact that the beat (the instrumental track to which the artist is rapping over) was constructed and produced by DJ Mustard. They are literally saying "This beat was made by DJ Mustard"


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The use of 'brown-eyed' as a euphemism for race is certainly older than "Brown-Eyed Girl": it was famously used in Chuck Berry's 1956 song "Brown Eyed Handsome Man". A Britannica article attributes the phrase to Berry ("his own segregation-era euphemism") though it sounds like it could potentially be older. However, 'brown-eyed' as a racial euphemism doesn't ...


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It IS the signature branding drop for DJ MUSTARD, who produces these beats... BUT HOWEVER, it is actually the voice sample of rapper Y.G, who says it near the end of his "I'm Good" song, 2011. http://youtu.be/waX2fj0rk2g?t=2m29s


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"Put mustard on it" is a phrase usually used in sports, which refers to someone "adding velocity" to a pitch or throw. Therefore, it stands to reason that "Mustard on the beat" relates to the emphasis (added velocity) on the downbeat in a song.


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I'm going to say the answer is "No". In Van Morrison's case, to be honest, "Brown-Skinned Girl" doesn't flow as nicely as "Brown-Eyed Girl". Considering how poetic the vast majority of his lyrics are, I'd bet my house that the change had nothing to do with race, if it was ever changed at all. As far as "Blue-Eyed Soul", that term was coined because of the ...


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I believe you answered your own question; the song was modified from Brown-Skinned Girl to make it more palatable for radio stations. This implies that a typical listener wouldn't automatically draw a connection between the color of the described girl's eyes and the color of her skin, else the entire point of the name change would be nil. Whereas a song ...


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