A Pair of Brown Eyes

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"A Pair of Brown Eyes"
Single by The Pogues
from the album Rum Sodomy & the Lash
Released 18 March 1985
Format 7" single, 12" single
Genre Celtic rock
Length 4:54
Label Stiff
Writer(s) Shane MacGowan
Producer(s) Elvis Costello
The Pogues singles chronology
"Boys from the County Hell"
"A Pair of Brown Eyes"
"Sally MacLennane"

"A Pair of Brown Eyes" is a single by The Pogues, released on 18 March 1985.[1] The single was their first to make the UK Top 100, peaking at Number 72.[2] It featured on the band's second album, Rum Sodomy & the Lash, and was composed by Pogues front man Shane MacGowan, on the melody of "Wild Mountain Thyme", also known as "Will Ye Go Lassie Go," a song by Francis McPeake in a traditional Irish folk style.

The song references the Johnny Cash version of the song A Thing Called Love: "And on the jukebox Johnny sang / About a thing called love".

Music video[edit]

The music video for "A Pair of Brown Eyes" was directed in 1985 by Alex Cox and was set in a Nineteen Eighty-Four-esque Britain with Margaret Thatcher in the place of Big Brother as a supreme, god-like authoritarian figure. The video featured roles played by band members as well as a cameo by the record's producer Elvis Costello.


  1. ^ "Record News". Melody Maker. London, England: IPC Media: 4. 16 March 1985. 
  2. ^ Pogues UK chart history

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