As the brothers walked down the path, yellow tipped flowers growing in abundance on both sides and nearly as far as the eye could see, Ronald suddenly started humming the old Donovan song, “Mellow Yellow.”
Donald got a broad smile on his face and uttered the words, “quite rightly.” Both of them cracked up.
The young men then started singing together. “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).”
By the time they finished singing those words, Ronald and Donald were doubled over with laughter. “Who is Saffron, anyway?” Ronald asked Donald.
“I don’t know, but I heard that mellow yellow refers to a rumor back in the sixties that one could get high from smoking dried banana skins,” Donald said.
“Oh yeah?” said Ronald. “Well I heard that the song is about being cool and laid-back.”
“Well,” said Donald, “I heard that the ‘electrical banana’ in the song is about women’s battery-operated vibrators. They were just appearing on the scene at that time.”
Once again, both men cracked up. “Pass me that joint, brother,” Ronald said.
“Here you go,” Donald said. “Wow, these flowers sure are yellow.”
“And I sure am mellow,” quipped Ronald.
Written for this weeks Thursday Photo Prompt from Sue Vincent.
And, in case you were wondering, here’s Donvan’s song.