Ever since hearing it on Europe 72, Brown Eyed Women has been a favorite of mine. This gets back to the idea of songs that tell a story, which I really like. Although the narrative of this particular song isn’t as linear as it could be there are enough gaps to keep it interesting and to allow for individual interpretation and license.
Frankly, I don’t know how Delilah Jones did anything with that many kids around. I have two and they seem to completely run the show around our house. Pretty much any stereotype about kids being dictators is evident in my 2.5 year old.
Ever since I heard this version of Brown Eyed Women I’ve really liked it, but it wasn’t until I looked up the song’s performance history for this post that I realized that this was only the 2nd time the band played it (out of a total 342 times). That helps to explain the tempo and the arrangement, certainly. I think this song benefited from being slowed down, but only from the breakneck pace on display here. Of course, a few more brisk jaunts like this on occasion wouldn’t have met with many complaints from me.
There have been a good number of versions of Brown Eyed Women that have made it onto record. Any other favorites? Leave yours in the comments.
As Jerry sings this one it’s almost Dylan-esque, like he took a deep breath and is just trying to get all the words out before having to breath again. It sounds like someone is playing a tambourine for a while, or is that just me? Regardless, I like it – adds a cool dynamic to this version.
It seems as though our visit to a tumbledown shack in Big Foot County wasn’t on the itinerary for this evening. I don’t know when they added that bridge to the song, but it had to have been sometime between the fall of 71 and spring of 72. As we re-visit the first verse, the sound gets a bit sparse again, mainly just Billy, Phil, and at least one of the guitars. Everyone rejoins for the final chorus and all of a sudden it’s over. Phew! A break-neck version of Brown Eyed Women for sure.