This was originally called "Brown Skinned Girl," and was about an interracial relationship. Morrison changed it to "Brown Eyed Girl" to make it more palatable for radio stations. Some stations banned it anyway for the line, "Making love in the green grass."

TRIVIA: The female backing vocals were performed by The Sweet Inspirations, who were a Gospel-influenced group that performed on many hits for other artists in addition to their own material. You can also hear them on Chain of Fools by Aretha Franklin, and I Say a Little Prayer by Dionne Warwick. The Sweet Inspirations became Elvis Presley's female backing singers in 1969, touring and recording with him until his death.