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Is a “brown-eyed girl” black?

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 ...
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Is a “brown-eyed girl” black?

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 ...
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Is a “brown-eyed girl” black?

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 ...
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