Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) ~ Looking Glass

Looking Glass was an American pop music group of the early 1970s that was part of the Jersey Shore sound.  The group was formed in 1969, at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and consisted of Elliot Lurie (lead guitar and vocals), Lawrence Gonsky (piano), Pieter Sweval (bass), and Jeff Grob (drums).

They are best known for the 1972 hit, Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl).

The band broke up in 1974  with two of the members going on to form the heavy metal band, Starz in 1976.  Elliot Lurie had a solo hit in 1974, and Lawrence Gonsky lives in New Jersey and is a chorus teacher at a middle school.

Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)

The lyrics tell of Brandy, a barmaid in a port town. She wins the admiration of many of the sailors, but cannot return their feelings-the love of her life was unwilling to abandon his true love, the sea. In spite of this, Brandy continues to love the sailor and wears a braided silver chain with a locket that bears his name. It’s been suggested the song is inspired by the real life story of Mary Ellis, whose grave resides in New Brunswick, New Jersey where the band was formed.

Barry Manilow’s 1974 “Mandy” was originally titled “Brandy” but Manilow changed it following the success of the Looking Glass single, so as not to get the two songs confused.

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There’s a port, on a western bay
And it serves a hundred ships a day
Lonely sailors, pass the time away
And talk about their homes

And there’s a girl in this harbor town
And she works layin’ whiskey down
They say “Brandy, fetch another round”
She serves them whiskey and wine

The sailors say “Brandy, you’re a fine girl” (you’re a fine girl)
“What a good wife you would be” (such a fine girl)
“Yeah your eyes could steal a sailor from the sea”

Brandy wears a braided chain
Made of finest silver from the North of Spain
A locket that bears the name
Of the man that Brandy loves

He came on a summer’s day
Bringin’ gifts from far away
But he made it clear he couldn’t stay
No harbor was his home

The sailor said ” Brandy, you’re a fine girl” (you’re a fine girl)
“What a good wife you would be” (such a fine girl)
“But my life, my lover, my lady is the sea”

Yeah, Brandy used to watch his eyes
When he told his sailor stories
She could feel the ocean foam rise
She saw its ragin’ glory
But he had always told the truth, lord, he was an honest man
And Brandy does her best to understand

At night when the bars close down
Brandy walks through a silent town
And loves a man who’s not around
She still can hear him say

She hears him say ” Brandy, you’re a fine girl” (you’re a fine girl)
“What a good wife you would be” (such a fine girl)
“But my life, my lover, my lady is the sea”

She hears him say ” Brandy, you’re a fine girl” (you’re a fine girl)
“What a good wife you would be” (such a fine girl)
“But my life, my lover, my lady is the sea”

  • Audio from the 1972 radio single, Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl):

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About DJ Allyn

DJ Allyn is a burned out radio guy who went on to become a burned out sound engineer for a few Seattle area grunge bands in the 1980s and 1990s. Left the madness of worldwide tours with bands, cleaned up my act and went into the relative sanity of sound engineering for television series. Currently working as the Director of Sound for a television series being filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am always on the lookout for interesting videos, old music, and fun.

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