While I seem to be pursuing a color theme lately (see my last post, “Why Are Green Lights Green?”) I thought of an old 70’s song written by Richard Leigh and made famous by Crystal Gayle called “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue?” Interestingly, according to Wikipedia, Crystal Gayle, herself. has blue eyes.
One read through the lyrics – which I just did for the first time – will tell you the song is about a woman mourning the end of a relationship. The lyrics “Don’t it make my brown eyes blue” does not refer to a miraculous turning of eye color. It is a reference to the woman’s “blue” feelings as a result of the break up.
The reason I bring it up here is not because I was ever a fan of the song. Far from it. This song was reviled by my younger sister because she had brown eyes. She took this song as a personal insult. What, after all, was wrong with brown eyes? “Well, nothing at all!” we’d tell her. And so because she disliked this song so much, it turned into a family thing. We all disliked it. Nobody really bothered to listen to the lyrics, of course. And to be honest, I’m not sure it would have mattered to a 7-year-old, anyway.
In her mind, the song was just wrong, and in an act of solidarity, we all agreed.