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Thread #24753   Message #288186
Posted By: Jim the Bart
30-Aug-00 - 06:48 PM
Thread Name: Fahrenheit 451-The LAST Song
Subject: RE: Fahrenheit 451-The LAST Song
Just found this thread - Bravo, Spaw!

My song would be "Brown-Eyed Girl". In a way, it's kind of an anthem from the 60's. Rebels could identify each other by gently singing the chorus - tell me there's someone who doesn't know how that goes. Meetings could then be furtively arranged for talk and sharing tunes.

I think the tale of Van Morrison - a vastly creative artist, tortured by his demons and by his success, who's life had it's share of tragedy (T.B. Sheets), included a religious conversion and an ongoing search for a musical philosopher's stone - is inspirational and cautionary.

I find this particular songinteresting on another level, also. The title is indicative of the contradictions of the times in which it was written, as he was required to change it from "brown-skinned girl" to avoid negative reaction to celebrating an inter-racial relationship.

Besides, I know it all the way through.