“Brown eyed girl come walk with me, brown-eyed girl come talk with me. I wanna do, all the things in love a man should do. All the little things you want me to brown-eyed girl, brown-eyed girl.”
Isn’t it amazingly beautiful that when it comes to music, we have these meticulous memories attached to it that we can revisit at any time. My mother bought me this album as a gift when I was a teen.
The following year I met a nice young gentleman, my first love, who would dedicate this song to me. I have a beautiful memory about this song that I would like to share, if you guys don’t mind 😊
WARNING: Romance, love and awwwwwe’s ahead, LOL
I remember it as if it was yesterday, it was our third date on a Sunday, we were at our favorite spot in New York by the water. The weather was sunny not too cold for October. I wanted to listen to some music but my battery had died in my Walkman, lol. Yeah I said Walkman lol, this was the 90s remember?, LOL.
Anyway… my FL said to me, “What you got there?” I said Tevin but my battery is dead and he took the tape from my hand and said “I got you”, chose a side and put it in his Walkman. He put his headphones on and kept smiling and I started smiling too, wondering what was he up to, as he kept fast forwarding, stopping and rewinding. I said what are you doing and he just laughed and grinned at me.
So finally he got his song and said “Here… I want you to listen to something, come here, come a little closer.” I smiled at him and came a little closer. He put his headphones around his neck and put his arm around me and I heard this melody coming out the headphones as we walked a few steps and stopped. I smiled and blushed and said his name. He smiled too after my reaction. There’s nothing like a beautiful love song to express how you feel about someone.
As soon as Tevin started singing “Brown eyed girl come walk with me, brown-eyed girl come talk with me.” We embraced. His blue jacket was big enough to cover me slightly from the wind. As soon as the lyrics “I wanna do, all the things in love a man should do. All the little things you want me to, brown-eyed girl, brown-eyed girl.” Came in, I looked up at him, he stared in my eyes. I could see that sparkle in his eyes, because I had the same one in my eyes too.
He kissed me on my forehead and then on my lips and cheek. And whispered “this song is for you mami” in my ear. He held me as I laid my head on his chest. The song continued to play and at “Brown eyed girl now do you know, brown-eyed girl that I love you so, my whole life through, I’ve been waiting for a girl like you, someone I can give sweet kisses to, brown-eyed girl…”
He turned me around held my waist and hugged me from behind, as we slowly moved to the rhythm of the music. I don’t know what it is about hugs from behind. But us women like that it makes us feel safe like you have our back. It’s so romantic! I looked out at the water and its like the waves were in sync with us and the music. It was our first dance. As the song was ending I touched his face and he kissed my hand and we kissed when the 3rd hook came in at @2:37 until the song ended. That song tasted like love and I wanted more of it.
I wanted to hear it again, so he played it again and he sat down on the bench behind us and I sat on his lap. We started making out again, but the kisses were nice, soft and tender they were in sync with the music. His lips made their way over to my neck with more tender kisses and back to my lips. I could taste the lyrics on his lips as he planted them on me. The song ended, he looked at the time. I knew it was time to go. He looked at me, I looked at him, I was silent. We sat there for a few more minutes holding each other.
When it was time to go home, he bought me some batteries so I could listen to my tape. We got on the Ferry and he played the tape so we could both listen to the music. I was holding the rose he gave me while I rested my head on his shoulder. We didn’t want the day to end but he had to go to work and I had to go to school, LOL. He made sure I got on my bus and kissed me good-bye and waited until it pulled off and waved and winked at me.
Awwwwwwwwwe, I know…. I know… you need a tissue, lol. I told you it was romantic 😊 Love and romance don’t just happen on-screen with a Nikolas Spark movie or a soap opera. It happens in real life! I had a real life Prince Charming ❤️. But people don’t believe in love and romance like this anymore but they should.
When I got home, Tevin was playing “Can We Talk“… my mom was in the kitchen cooking. I spoke to her and walked in my room. I kept smelling the rose he gave me and thinking about our date smiling to myself. I didn’t want to come down off my high. I called my best friends to tell them about the sweet gesture he made. I could hear them smiling through the phone. He called in on the other end to make sure I got in safe and to let me know he got in safe too and to say goodnight.
I’ve always loved that song but I loved it even more when he dedicated it to me. I fell asleep to it that night! I thought I was dreaming. The next day I walked to school listening to it. Lunch time came and I talked with my friends about my date, they were smiling and awwww’ing, LOL They were like you two love birds are in love… Yeah we were I said to myself. School was over and I walked back home playing it again. I could feel him on me and see his face.
This album used to be so hard to listen to because of all the beautiful, bitter-sweet memories attached to it. Not just with my FL but with my mom when she was alive and with my friends, we loved this whole album. It was our soundtrack. The last time I played this song was July of 2000, the last day I saw my FL and we said goodbye. It was bittersweet. I listened to this song all the way home. This time I had a Discman, LOL so I left it on repeat.
The next time I played this song and album was in 2009 and 2011. Only playing it once and turning it off. I just couldn’t listen to without crying. I wished I could go back in time when my life was great! The next time I let the album play was September of 2018. When “Brown Eyed Girl” girl came on I was fine for a minute but I cried as soon as that hook came in LOL. But I wasn’t sad, it just moved me. I just remembered all that love I had in my life back then. I missed home.
I didn’t want to suppress those beautiful emotions anymore no matter how they made me feel. Because my memories is all I have. I didn’t judge myself for feeling and having a heart. That love I had it inspired me and impacted my life still to this day in a positive way. There’s nothing wrong with loving a memory and being in love with it as long as It doesn’t control you. That kind of love people need to hear about because it’s seems like it’s lost in today’s world.
I don’t know about you but I miss the 90s. My heart will always be stuck there. Not only was the music different but the men were different too. Love was different! What you heard on the radio you experienced in real life. In the 90s it was so easy to just be in love and have fun while being in love. Life and love was simple. Women felt special and not disposable. Men were gentlemen! They were vulnerable and sensitive (Cue in Ralph Tresvants Sensitivity).
When a man loved you he expressed that romantically. When he wanted to make love to you, (cue in Boys II Men) he expressed that. When a man broke your heart, he set aside his pride and was on bended knee, trying to fight for love and win his woman back. Bottom line there was a way to express all of those emotions through song and lyrics. The 90s era should have never ended with music and love. I hope one day we can get back to that love and romance in music.
I wonder if people even still believe in love the way they used to. People think love only comes around on February 14th or during the holidays to get gifts. Or how much money a man has in his bank account. Love is based on what you can do for me and buy me. Listen to todays music, it’s just not the same. It’s crazy how artist and people treat love and music today. Artist from back in the respected music and the lady they were singing to or about. Now music is like one big orgy.
Artist today don’t care what they are putting in their fans ear or spirit. Millions of followers and look what they are singing about. They abuse the gift that God gave them. They took out the love and inserted lust and are corrupting people’s minds. I honestly don’t know how we got here but this is not good. What my first love gave me didn’t cost anything but his heart and time. Hard to find that in this era we’re living in. So if you have memories, cherish them and hold on to them, until love comes around again.
Hmmm where’s the rewind button when you need it?🤔😁Anyway, Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy this beautiful memory of mine with love and music. I hope it inspires you to believe in love and not to settle. To keep the romance alive. To enjoy being in love, to play, to be spontaneous because life really is short. Time really does fly by so quickly and to know that there are good men (and for you men, women) out there. Enjoy this trip down memory lane!