Let us get to some 60′s humor for today. “Mellow Yellow” by Donovan, the confusing, debated, but clear folk hit, literally hit the stores in 1966 and was originally thought to be about using dried banana skins as a Hallucinogenic drug. This rumor was actually perputated by Country Joe McDonald, no surprise there, who thought it was an interesting idea to smoke dried banana skins. The Music Court does not support doing this in any way. Yet, this rumor was debunked.
Apparently, according to a Rolling Stones interview, mellow yellow is in reference to a certain device used in women’s pleasure. I will let you put that together. What we really can conclude is that the song is wierd, the lyrics are wierd, and there is no point. This is exactly what makes the song hilarious. And wait, you have got to be kidding me. Straight from wikipedia, “In Episode 17 of the 5th Season of Scrubs, JD figures out the Song is about Liver Disease (not quite rightly).” Scrubs, stop taking every song for your show.
Interesting fact. Many believe that this is actually a Beatles song because it sounds similar and it is extremely catchy. While it is not a song by The Beatles, Paul McCartney can be heard as a background singer for the song. Donovan and The Beatles were friends.
Now to the lyrics.
“I’m just mad about Saffron.
A-Saffron’s mad about me.
I’m-a just mad about Saffron.
She’s just mad about me.”
– Donovan, “Mellow Yellow,” Single released in 1966.
Saffron is a spice and is used for cooking. How did this come about? Donovan must have been cooking with Saffron and sneezed. Saffron, you make me mad!