Song of the Day #5,156: ‘Have You Never Been Mellow’ – Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John followed up her #1-charting compilation album If You Love Me, Let Me Go with her second straight #1 album, 1975’s Have You Never Been Mellow.

Released just five months apart, the dual chart-toppers gave Newton-John a Guinness World Record for the shortest span between consecutive #1 albums by a female artist. She held that record for 45 years, until Taylor Swift beat it by 14 days with the 2020 releases of folklore and evermore.

The album’s first and last songs were big hits, reaching the top five on the Hot 100, Adult Contemporary and Country charts. The title track (today’s SOTD) gave Newton-John her second consecutive #1 on the Hot 100 (following ‘I Honestly Love You’). The other hit was ‘Please Mr. Please.’

‘Have You Never Been Mellow’ hits my Olivia Newton-John sweet spot. This is exactly the kind of grade-A cheese I love when done right. Newton-John’s vocals here are sublime, and the melody is one of longtime collaborator John Farrar’s best.

[Verse 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

[Pre-Chorus]
Now I don’t mean to make you frown
No, I just want you to slow down

[Chorus]
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?

[Verse 2]
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

[Pre-Chorus]
Now you’re not hard to understand
You need someone to take your hand

[Chorus]
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?

One thought on “Song of the Day #5,156: ‘Have You Never Been Mellow’ – Olivia Newton-John

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’m not sure I realized how big a star she was before Grease, though, looking back, these songs were well known to me.

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