Have You Never Been Mellow

Album: Have You Never Been Mellow (1975)
Charted: 1
  • There was a time when I was in a hurry as you are
    I was like you
    There was a day when I just had to tell my point of view
    I was like you
    Now I don't mean to make you frown
    No, I just want you to slow down

    Have you never been mellow?
    Have you never tried to find a comfort from inside you?
    Have you never been happy just to hear your song?
    Have you never let someone else be strong?

    Running around as you do with your head up in the clouds
    I was like you
    Never had time to lay back, kick your shoes off, close your eyes
    I was like you
    Now you're not hard to understand
    You need someone to take your hand

    Have you never been mellow?
    Have you never tried to find a comfort from inside you?
    Have you never been happy just to hear your song?
    Have you never let someone else be strong? Writer/s: John Farrar
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 6

  • Paul from Detroit, MiYou're kidding, Mark.... everything about her voice sounds beautiful in this, her best vocal of all time. Well, "Magic" is a very close second.
  • Mary from Phoenix, AzI love the way she sings "...kick yer shoes off"
  • Andrew from Birmingham, United StatesThis song is apparently about trying to convince someone to sit back and take it easy. It uses some sort of soft disco beat, which is ironically common. Some way, somehow, that trend began - but I don't know how. I just think it's sorta catchy.
  • Richard from Bronx, NyI suggest looking her up on You Tube she has plenty of live performances there her voice is Amazing.
  • Chris from Saline, MiJohn Farrar has said he was inspired to come up with a song including the word "mellow" in the title because when Olivia was on tour in America in 1974, her backing musicians used the word all the time. The song went to #1 in the U.S. (and even hit #3 on the Country charts), plus was Olivia's singles chart debut in Japan where it made #26 on Oricon. But it was not all that successful elsewhere; it didn't chart at all in the U.K.
  • Mark from Lancaster, OhIt was this particular effort that led me to believe that Olivia Newton-John really can't sing all that well, or at least not right when they were recording this. The lower register of her voice just sort of crashes on the words 'I was like you.'

    But she's quite a lady, and besides that her grandfather was Max Born, the great physicist.
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