Oh Very Young

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"Oh Very Young"
Oh Very Young - Cat Stevens.jpg
Single by Cat Stevens
from the album Buddha and the Chocolate Box
B-side"100 I Dream"
ReleasedMarch 1974
Format7" 45 rpm
RecordedFebruary 1974
GenreFolk rock, pop rock
LabelIsland (UK/Europe)
A&M (US/Canada)
Songwriter(s)Cat Stevens
Producer(s)Paul Samwell-Smith, Cat Stevens
Cat Stevens singles chronology
"The Hurt"
"Oh Very Young"
"Another Saturday Night"
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"Oh Very Young" is a song composed by Cat Stevens. It was released on his 1974 album Buddha and the Chocolate Box, as well as several later "Best of..." and "Greatest Hits" albums.[1] This song that poses a question asked by future generations reached number 10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] and number two Easy Listening.[3]

On his website djallyn.org, DJ Ally posted the following about "Oh Very Young" on April 30, 2009:

Suzanne Lynch worked as a session musician until she became a regular part of Cat Stevens' vocal group and appeared on several of his albums. The first song Lynch did for Stevens was "Oh Very Young" in which she sang the solo line and the haunting background melody.[4]

Jonathan Rayson also covered the song on his 2006 album "Shiny and New".


  1. ^ "Cat Stevens "Oh Very Young"". AllMusic.com. 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
  2. ^ "'Oh Very Young' by Cat Stevens peaks at #10 in USA 40 years ago today (June 1 1974)". RetroNewser. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-28.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 228.
  4. ^ "Susanne Lynch – History". Archived from the original on 2013-06-24. Retrieved 2013-06-24.

External links[edit]

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyricsLicensed lyrics provider through GracenoteQuote from MetroLyrics article: "Royalties are paid on all displayed lyrics and are handled through Gracenote. In January 2013, LyricFind acquired Gracenote's lyrics licensing business, merging it in with their own."
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