Oh Very Young

Album: Buddha and the Chocolate Box (1974)
  • It has been suggested this 1974 composition by Cat Stevens contains a veiled reference to the death of Buddy Holly the same was as Don McLean's better known "American Pie"; the basis for this appears to be its reference to "Denim blue, faded up to the sky." Did Buddy Holly ever wear denim?

    Whether or not that is the case, it certainly inspired someone. On February 3, 2016, Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings quoted from it in US Government hearings on the Flint poisoned water scandal. The particular concern there was that the young were suffering from elevated lead levels in their blood, something that can cause a plethora of medical conditions including anaemia, behavioral problems and fatigue.
  • Running to a mere 2 minutes 36 seconds, "Oh Very Young" is Track 2 on Buddha And The Chocolate Box; Suzanne Lynch can be heard on backing vocals. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2

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