Buddy Holly - Brown Eyed Handsome Man Lyrics




Oh arrested on charges of unemployment
He was sitting in the witness stand
The judge's wife called up the district attorney
Said you free that brown eyed man
You want your job you better free
That brown eyed man

Flying across the desert in a TWA,
I saw a woman walking across the sand
She'd been a-walkin' thirty miles en route to Bombay
To meet a brown eyed handsome man
Her destination was a brown eyed handsome man

Way back in history three thousand years
In fact ever since the world began
There's been a whole lot of good women shedding tears
Over a brown eyed handsome man
A lot of trouble with a brown eyed handsome man

Well a beautiful a daughter couldn't make up her mind
Between a doctor and a lawyer man
Her mother told her, "Darlin' go out and find yourself
A brown eyed handsome man
That's what your daddy is a brown eyed handsome man"

Well the Milo de Venus was a beautiful lass
She had the world in the palm of her hand
But she lost both her arms in a wrestling match
To win a brown eyed handsome man
She fought and won herself a brown eyed handsome man

Well-a two, three the count with nobody on
He hit a high fly into the stands
A-rounding third he was a-heading for home
It was a brown eyed handsome man
That won the game it was a brown eyed handsome man





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  1. Music Poems

    Just listen to that gifted guitar talent! Plus, looove the reference to Mr. Coffee himself, joltin' Joe Dimaggio.

  2. Paul Greenway

    Fantastic song..by a fantastic musician!

  3. d00mer 34

    both Chuck Berrys and Buddys versions are very good. i wish Buddys life would have had a length similar to Berrys

  4. Am Par

    What do you think of this Buddy ?

  5. Am Par

    Buddy Holly Lives On!!

  6. 1969monksey

    Buddy holly lives ....forever ...

  7. OneEyedKeys

    Buddy Holly at his age wrote better songs than the Beatles, or even Dylan or anybody else save Mozart or Scott Joplin or scant few other heavyweights. There is no telling what he could have accomplished during the 60's, 70's and 80's if he had've lived that plane crash. What a talent!

  8. Juha Jalosuo

    This is the sound !

  9. Ray Ellery

    a real genious and the great

  10. JohnnyCash

    Waylon brought me here from the Johnny Cash Show, God bless Waylon, Buddy, and Johnny Cash.

  11. joe gongora

    This song was recorded in Norman Petty's studio as a demo cut. Buddy Holly was still under contract for a Nashville studio where he had been recording earlier. He was waiting for his contract to run-out before he'd start recording for Petty's studio. This song was released after Holly's death when in the studio it was over-dubbed with the Fireballs as studio musicians. It's a fantastic song because Buddy Holly brought a Chuck Berry tune to life. This song definitely is cool & Rocks.

  12. Wendy Day

    So talented and so handsome 😍❤

  13. debra parry

    Go rockabilly

  14. doubleotwentyone

    Buddy recorded this with just his guitar and this backing was later dubbed posthumously by The Fireballs, Jimmy Gilmer's band.

  15. Ron Abernethy

    I believe he is with the Everly Brothers in that photo.

  16. Keep ‘er’ lit No Fear

    Love the beach vibe tequila guitar solos in this. Just make you want to two step 😂😂

  17. Neil Billy bob

    TOP NOTCH.. SHEER CLASS.
    GOODNIGHT

  18. David Tosh

    It must be 1958.

  19. Rosemarie Tinsley

    BUDDY WAS THE FIRST BEATLE

    coy clown

    Rumor has it, they nearly called themselves "the beetles" (with the three E's) but instead chose the crickets.

  20. Neil Billy bob

    SHEER CLASS.

  21. Declan McGowan

    Holly at his best 👊

  22. Jonathon Ripley

    A great take by Buddy Holly that's for sure ladies and gentlemen. A good steady rocker.

  23. Ruth Boykin

    Love a brown eyed handsome man!

  24. Steve Harrod

    Last song Holly played at that Clear Lake Iowa concert . Finally went and checked out the Surf Ballroom and the crash site last October ....and the rest is rock and roll ...

  25. Teo Burcl1

    Oh classics

  26. TheBluejaysUK

    Check out our cover of 'It Doesn't Matter Anymore' https://youtu.be/paLMQq19n0E

  27. George Ioannou

    BUDDY HOLLY IS A LEGEND ! BROWN EYED HANDSOME MAN IS A KILLER TRACK !

  28. Tarsha Micola Von Furstenrecht

    ah this is music at it's finest, really makes me appreciate life

  29. Unknown

    Buddy was the one he was epic greatly missed

  30. Seven Dirty Words

    I love this version.

  31. Carmine Sinigaglia

    Buddy Forever 🎸🎸🎸🎸🎸👏👍

  32. Emily KM

    Great cover of the original version by the (real) King of R&R : Chuck Berry!

  33. Jean Bonnett

    Just bloody brilliant. Buddy

  34. Caroline Lockie

    This is my favourite song of his x

  35. 4100susie

    How manic was this baby! Pity he didn't live to tell his tale. I heard him when I was 15 - and he blew me away. RIP

  36. Babaloo Bimbo

    Still Johnny Rivers' Cajun style version is the best version (McCartney copied him) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOTWI8O0OEc

  37. steven ford

    Great version of a Chuck Berry number.Buddy Holly had such talent it a crying shame we lost him at such a young tender age.But hes music still lives

  38. Nikolay Yanev

    So sad that he died so young😢 RIP Buddy

  39. Nikolay Yanev

    Chuck Berry,Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis are the True Kings of Rock'n'Roll!

  40. Declan McGowan

    No problem filling a floor with that one👍

  41. JamesOwen

    Lyrics:
    Arrested on charges of unemployment
    He was sitting in the witness stand
    The judge's wife called up the district attorney
    Said free that brown eyed man
    You want your job you better free that brown eyed man

    Flying across the desert in a TWA
    I saw a woman walking across the sand
    She been a-walkin' thirty miles en route to Bombay
    To reach a brown eyed handsome man
    Her destination was a brown eyed handsome man

    Way back in history three thousand years
    Back ever since the world began
    There's been a whole lot of good women shedding tears
    For a brown eyed handsome man
    A lot of trouble, was a brown eyed handsome man

    Well the beautiful daughter couldn't make up her mind
    Between a doctor and a lawyer man
    Her mother told her darling go out and find yourself
    A brown eyed handsome man
    That's what your daddy is a brown eyed handsome man

    Well DeMilo's Venus was a beautiful lass
    She had the world in the palm of her hand
    But she lost both her arms in a wrestling match
    To win a brown eyed handsome man
    She fought and won herself a brown eyed handsome man

    Well, two, three the count with nobody on
    He hit a high fly into the stand
    Rounding third he was headed for home
    It was a brown eyed handsome man
    That won the game, it was a brown eyed handsome man

  42. C Porter

    not possible, buddy holly died in 1959

  43. jesumiro batista

    Better than original

  44. the king

    That's what I am a brown eyed handsome man. Great song 👍👍

    TheJanissary27

    check out my channel for Turkish Rock songs

  45. claire bunt

    One of my favourite buddy songs 🎸❤️❤️

  46. rockonthestone 64

    Buddys version>>>>>>>>>>>>>Chucks version.

  47. Maverick D.

    Isnt this a Chuck Berry Song?

  48. Barry Gazey

    I may have said it before, but this is my all time favourite Buddy song. Maybe a cover but boy did he smash it.....

  49. Negan

    poor buddy imagine what he would have achieved had he not been taken so young 22 years old tragic

  50. 25411959

    Chuck and Buddy-2 legends!

  51. Barry Gazey

    Absolutely my favourite Buddy song. Remember my mum and uncles playing it on an old reel to reel tape player

  52. Ken O

    This is the version released after his death, and after being dubbed with additional music. This original was a demo made before Buddy and his band-mates success. Here's the original demo of this Chuck Berry song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SV30JICf5UU

  53. Rick Laponte

    Did buddy holly ever recorded the song how the time flies?

  54. Freddy Paine

    Elvis, Carl, Chuck and Bo. And then there was Buddy. Words of Love and Oh Boy!

    Johnny Shamrock

    and Not Fade Away

  55. Tony Hemingway

    Waylon Jennings had a good NB version of this song, in the Bible 70s.

    TheJanissary27

    huge Waylon fan here and yeah his version is the best. glad we didn't lose him in 1959

  56. Galilelito Galilei

    No es de Chuck Berry esta cancion?.

  57. Dave

    Since Buddy died in a plane crash in 58.How did he manage to record it in 63 ??? Unless it was a copy off Buddy's 57 cover .Six years later in the UK??? I know UK print outs are a little behind American pressings.But 6 years seems quite a stretch.Maybe it was (as called in the industry)A Re-release off the original on aUK Label by permission.Or a sub-studio artist,by permission making a cover of a copy of a cover ?????

  58. Cell

    0:54 sounds like the opening of The Doors Break on through to the other side

    coy clown

    It sounds more like Tequila to me.

  59. Luigi Panico

    Buddy Holly, The one

  60. John Willis

    legend has it that Berry's original lyric/title was Brown Skinned Handsome Man... but the record companies and radio stations were having none of that. Brilliant song, whoever does it.

  61. steven ford

    Chuck Berry did this song before Buddy Holly.I must admit i like this version more.

  62. Martin Quarton

    Buddy may have covered it which gave Chuck Berry free press.

  63. Oud-Rekem,en Uikhoven aan de Maas.

    ROCK VAN DE BOVENSTE PLANK

    TheJanissary27

    hallo bekijk mijn youtube kanaal voor Turkse Rock muziek. ik wil graag je reactie zien wat je er van vindt.

  64. busaking1 hawley

    This guy was unreal! Probably the best musician and singer of all time. His guitar tone is beautiful.

  65. Jordi Raül Vives Vicente

    But Buddy Holly was simply amazing.

  66. Jordi Raül Vives Vicente

    "Before Elvis,there was nothing"(John Lennon).

    Johnny Pastrana

    Jordi Raül Vives Vicente Nonsense...of course.

  67. cs100443

    very beautiful

  68. lids ok

    Buddy/Bo diddley ROCK N ROLL FOREVER

  69. Oud-Rekem,en Uikhoven aan de Maas.

    Hij was zijn tijd vooruit.

  70. sivvybee

    I take it back. Sat and listened to Buddy and Chuck because they both kick ass. Chuck Berry's moves and sways a little bit though. Stones liked that.

  71. Carmine Sinigaglia

    amazing

  72. Frasenius9

    Oh arrested on charges of unemployment
    He was sitting in the witness stand
    The judge's wife called up the district attorney
    Said you free that brown eyed man
    You want your job you better free
    That brown eyed man

    Flying across the desert in a TWA,
    I saw a woman walking across the sand
    She'd been a-walkin' thirty miles en route to Bombay
    To meet a brown eyed handsome man
    Her destination was a brown eyed handsome man

    Way back in history three thousand years
    In fact ever since the world began
    There's been a whole lot of good women shedding tears
    Over a brown eyed handsome man
    A lot of trouble with a brown eyed handsome man

    Well a beautiful a daughter couldn't make up her mind
    Between a doctor and a lawyer man
    Her mother told her, "Darlin' go out and find yourself
    A brown eyed handsome man
    That's what your daddy is a brown eyed handsome man"

    Well the Milo de Venus was a beautiful lass
    She had the world in the palm of her hand
    But she lost both her arms in a wrestling match
    To win a brown eyed handsome man
    She fought and won herself a brown eyed handsome man

    Well-a two, three the count with nobody on
    He hit a high fly into the stands
    A-rounding third he was a-heading for home
    It was a brown eyed handsome man
    That won the game it was a brown eyed handsome man

    walt7500

    He couldn't stand being not white. Nastiest artist who ever died.

  73. Klaus-Dieter Wörz

    ohne buddy holly hätte es niemals rock n roll gegeben. danke buddy für deine tolle musik. danke fürs hochladen.

  74. mike flintjer

    He was and is still the greatest

  75. It's all about Buddy

    Fantastic!!!

  76. david haley

    I been in a Buddy Holly tribute band for year and no drummer ever gets this tempo right - its fast and has to be played as such - good on you Jerry yo nailed it

  77. Ben Upton

    Rockabilly is the coolest music in history

  78. Michael Pierce

    The Fireballs did the backing honours on this track..
    manager, Norman Petty, recorded his own versions of the last six Holly originals including Brown eyed Handsome Man in 1964, using his own studio facilities and backup group, The Fireballs.

  79. stacyblue1980

    Chuck & Buddy . ♥ RIP Love always. Im 8 years old all over again . Right now this minute. Maybe forever ...somewhere inside. That wonderfulness and beautiful basic cut -to-the chase youth and freedom and that ameriKan soul . Moves ya.

  80. devans00

    This version is jammin too. I guess Chuck Berry fail proofed the song.

  81. Paul Dockerty

    love this song

  82. The Original Gamer

    I like the nod to Tequila.

  83. Sharon Mynes

    I like the Waylon Jennings version best.

  84. steven ford

    Great artist.Great talent such a sad loss at a early age.

  85. Micah Carey

    Chuck Berry wanted to call it 'Brown Skinned Handsome Man' but that didn't fly back then!

  86. Captain Franco

    Woohoo this actually topped the Chuck Berry version!

    TheJanissary27

    Chuck Berry invented Rock n roll

    Rolling Ormond

    Uh, no, it doesn't. The original grooves and pulses; this is like a garage version.

  87. Tom Vaughn

    Man it great listening to genius on this level.

  88. da_hooliii

    I remember this song. It was a Top 20 Hit here in Germany in 1963.

  89. johns fantastical music and remixes

    This was his last song.

  90. John Lane

    Great photos, thanks.

  91. Philip Brown

    I've still got my copy of the single which I bought in Nairobi, Kenya in the 60's

  92. Freddy Paine

    Excellent interpretation of CB's excellent original.

  93. Freddy Paine

    Does this version have a dubbed in second guitar not in the original? I don't mean Chuck's.

  94. Jack Bennett

    Buddy Inspired Me all those years ago and iIstill do a tribute to him alongeside my Big O. tribute in the north west of the UK

    Deborah Dickson

    Love Buddy Holly and Rob Orbison (the Big O}! Both are from here in West Texas. I have lived in Lubbock all my life; I was 9 when Buddy died. He and his family members are buried very close to my family members.

  95. Folk Rap

    Im a Buddy Holly fan, but Chuck Berry did it best. This is weaker and watered down like most of the white imitators renditions of the black originators. This song was even ABOUT being non-white in a White society. About how even tho they were denied rights in this country, white WOMEN still love BLACK n BROWN MEN. "Arrested on charges of unemployment" was a clever line describing the corrupt justice system against ppl of color. But notice the Judges wife made the call to free him!

    Sam Farnsworth

    You have to appreciate that Chuck Berry wanted to be a country and western singer. But the society wouldn't accept a black man singing that style at that time. I think Charlie Pride broke that barrier. Anyhow, if you listen to Chuck Berry doing BEHM, it has a country sound to it, more acoustic. Even Berry's voice has a twangy country sound to it. Remember, at the time, country and western was more popular than Rock and Roll. Berry made his fortune anyhow. Buddy Holly was always a Rock and Roll musician so his version of BEHM is jumped up and more electric sound.

    Skidaddy62

    Buddy Holly first started singing country western music. Then switched to rock-a-billy. Buddy's music eventually evolved into rock 'n roll. Some also claim the background music and guitar work was overdubbed by The Fireballs in 1983. : )

    Zigfeld Sprints

    Maybe Chuck heard this on the radio in his prison cell.

    Chance Howland

    Nige Hood Waylon does this song better than anybody who's walked this earth no matter who wrote it!

    nick page

    it is a tribute to chuck berry but with all due respect to all his fellow rockers buddy had more sides to his music then any other. the way the beatles could do rock n roll they could also do falling in love again. so buddy is the best from that time and maybe all time

  96. Nicholas vinyl

    supposedly the last song he ever sang.

  97. Sandra Weichbrodt

    buddy was great. think of those who got to enjoy him

  98. TonyTbella

    Best version yet nicely done and unbeatable.