Oh Very Young
|"Oh Very Young"|
|Single by Cat Stevens|
|from the album Buddha and the Chocolate Box|
|B-side||"100 I Dream"|
|Format||7" 45 rpm|
|Genre||Folk rock, pop rock|
|Producer(s)||Paul Samwell-Smith, Cat Stevens|
|All Music Guide||link|
"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. This song that poses a question asked by future generations reached number 10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number two Easy Listening.
On his website djallyn.org, DJ Ally posted the following about "Oh Very Young" on April 30, 2009:
|“||Its lyric is a gentle response to Don McLean's hit "American Pie" released two years previously. Like McLean, he stops short of mentioning Buddy Holly directly, but questions the ill-fated songwriter's "Not Fade Away" (the last song Holly performed) lyric "a love to last more than one day, a lover's love, not fade away" with Stevens' own "denim blue, fading up to the sky, and though you want him to last forever you know he never will, and the patches make the goodbye harder still". Stevens then mentions the young American's mould-breaking work "Words Of Love" in the line "will you carry the words of love with you, will you ride the great white bird into heaven, and though you want to last forever you know you never will, and the goodbye makes the journey harder still."||”|
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.
Jonathan Rayson also covered the song on his 2006 album "Shiny and New".
- "Cat Stevens "Oh Very Young"". AllMusic.com. 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
- "'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.
- Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 228.
- "Susanne Lynch – History". Retrieved 2013-06-24.
- Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics – Licensed lyrics provider through Gracenote – Quote from MetroLyrics article: "Royalties are paid on displayed lyrics and are handled through Gracenote. In January 2013, LyricFind acquired Gracenote's lyrics licensing business, merging it in with their own."
- MetroLyrics has been 100% compensational to artists since 2008:
- Plambeck, Joseph (9 May 2010). "Lyrics Sites at Center of Fight Over Royalties". Retrieved 2014-06-19.