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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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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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