I'm just mad about Saffron
Saffron's mad about me
I'm just mad about Saffron
She's just mad about me

They call me mellow yellow
(Quite rightly)
They call me mellow yellow
(Quite rightly)
They call me mellow yellow

I'm just mad about Fourteen
Fourteen's mad about me
I'm just mad about Fourteen
She's just mad about me

They call me mellow yellow
They call me mellow yellow
(Quite rightly)
They call me mellow yellow

Born high forever to fly
Wind velocity nil
Wanna high forever to fly
If you want your cup our fill

They call me mellow yellow
(Quite rightly)
They call me mellow yellow
(Quite rightly)
They call me mellow yellow

(So mellow yellow, he's so mellow)

Electrical banana
Is gonna be a sudden craze
Electrical banana
Is bound to be the very next phase

They call it mellow yellow
(Quite rightly)
They call me mellow yellow
(Quite rightly)
They call me mellow yellow

Saffron, yeah
I'm just mad about her
I'm just mad about Saffron
She's just mad about me

They call me mellow yellow
(Quite rightly)
They call me mellow yellow
(Quite rightly)
They call me mellow yellow

(Oh so yellow, oh so mellow)


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Mellow Yellow Lyrics as written by Donovan Leitch

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  • +2
    General CommentNope. I heard the same thing but it isn't true. Also, Paul McCartney played with him on this track, as well as many others. It was Donovans way of setting a lightly visible tribute to Yellow Submarine, and McCartney was pleased and played along with him in the song.
    knate15on June 10, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAlso, I'm listening to the Donovan In Concert album of 1968 and he sings "I'm just mad about 14-year-old girls." It amuses me.
    Schreion July 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentps, who/what is saffron?
    mrs-mojo-risinon October 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis one is always funny as so many even at the time thought is was about bananas they even stopped selling them in places in America. It's actually about vibrators and Safron is a fourteen year old meantioned in the song 'superlungs my supergirl' who was a big hit on the scene. If you don't believe me then ask the man himself.
    still stupidon September 27, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song was released in europe in november 1966, around the same time the banana rumor was started. this means that it was probably written earlier in the year.

    and as for the velvet underground, even though the album was released in 1967, the artwork was made in may of '66, so it's all coincidence.

    i read this stuff in a good article in "the believer" (the 2005 music issue).

    xoxo conor
    conorissosceneon May 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe velvet underground/nico album artwork was meant to look phallic. that's why it has the "peel slowly and see" arrow next to the banana peel. everybody who bought the album in the sixties was expecting to see a big penis underneath the banana, but instead you get just a pink banana.
    NewDawnFadeson June 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOne thing you have to keep in mind is that when songwriters write songs, they will quite often just use words that fall out of their mouths when strumming a guitar, playing a piano or just humming a melody that is stuck in their head. If words SOUND good, the MEANING can often take a back seat.

    As for the banana on the cover of The Velvet Underground and Nico album, it was designed by Andy Warhol, who also designed the cover to The Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers album. The two are so similar in concept (VU's coming first) that one has to wonder if Warhol ripped off his own idea when doing the Stones' album cover.
    gregorybrianon August 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOh dear, my little girl is called Saffron, I've been nicknaming her Mellow Yellow... I didn't know what this song was about though, maybe I should keep the meaning from her until she's much older :)
    niennaon March 29, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment'Electric Banana' was also a Club right around the corner from the Fillmore East
    telegramsam123on July 01, 2013   Link
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    General CommentSorry to disabuse any true fans of the drug theory, but when I saw Donovan in Seattle in 1975 he said that by 'Electric Banana' he was referring to dildos. I know, that's not actually a very pleasing or cool thought. I remember not liking to hear that from him at that time. Of course there's always the chance he was trying to cover up what still sounds like a drug reference.
    LeeRudyardon January 24, 2014   Link

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