Mellow Peaches
The Black Keys Lyrics


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Georgia peaches, they look mellow
Hanging way up in your tree

Get up there among your mellow peaches
Mellow no, they are sweet and kind

Gon' get me a step ladder, baby
Climb up on your top, top limb




Overall Meaning

On the surface, The Black Keys’s song “Mellow Peaches” is a simple and honest expression of desire. The lyrics lament the distant nature of the object of the singer’s affection, whom he refers to as Georgia peaches. The singer longs to taste the fruit of his labors, or at least to get closer to the sweetness he sees hanging in the other person’s tree. The image of the peaches as mellow but not too soft is evocative of the situation the singer finds himself in: striving but not quite reaching, hopeful but not delusional.


However, a deeper read suggests that there is more going on in “Mellow Peaches” than meets the eye. The line “Get up there among your mellow peaches, mellow no, they are sweet and kind” could be interpreted as an invitation to the object of the singer’s affection to join him in enjoying the fruits of life. The singer sees the peaches as a symbol of the good things in the world, and he wants to share them with the other person. The step ladder he needs to climb on the top limb suggests that he is willing to go to great lengths to make this connection, but it’s unclear if he will be able to reach his goal.


Overall, “Mellow Peaches” is a song about longing and yearning for connection, but it’s also about the fragility of that connection. The peaches are tempting, but they are also out of reach. The song suggests that sometimes the best we can do is to strive for what we want, even if we may not get it, as the attempt is the most important part.


Line by Line Meaning

Georgia peaches, they look mellow
The peaches from Georgia look ripe and ready to be picked


Hanging way up in your tree
The peaches are out of reach, high up in the tree


Get up there among your mellow peaches
Go up the tree to the peaches that look ripe and ready to be picked


Mellow no, they are sweet and kind
The peaches may look mellow, but they are actually sweet and delicious


Gon' get me a step ladder, baby
I'm going to get a step ladder to reach the peaches in the tree


Climb up on your top, top limb
I'm going to climb up to the highest branch to get the best peaches




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Written by: Joseph Lee Williams

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Kubilay Önel

[Verse 1]
Told you peaches, they look mellow
Hanging way up in your tree

[Verse 2]
Get up there among your mellow peaches
Mellow no, they are sweet and kind

[Verse 3]
Go on get me a step ladder baby
Climb up on your top, top limb



All comments from YouTube:

Milena Vasiljević

What a nice morning this is now, enjoying every song!

Hunter West

Man I'm in complete ecstasy right now! Hard hitting blues from my favorite blues band... Nothing better fellas.. you really brought it on home with this one. The fans are completely blown away! This is exactly what we wanted brothers! Thank you guys for being the coolest band around! Love from the Arkansas delta.. ✌🖤🤘

Mike Jednorog

Yah I’m happy they went back to their roots and didn’t try to rip off any more classic blues staples and just went straight cove album of jr and RL ;)

Richie Gross

Music for the soul.

Frank Black

Love it! You just feel every note

An Heroic Hippo

This is like the audio equivalent to an ice cream sundae on a hot summer day, with everything on it, including peaches.

bellamorts

what a lovely description! it fits perfectly

Rodney Frey

This whole album or cd is unbelievable crazy ass good A must buy.

Rodney Frey

Bought album and cd I'm going to listen to it for a lot days until lyrics are inbeded in my skull permanently. Just go out and buy it you will not be disappointed, one of my favorite cds in my whole collection.

Kubilay Önel

[Verse 1]
Told you peaches, they look mellow
Hanging way up in your tree

[Verse 2]
Get up there among your mellow peaches
Mellow no, they are sweet and kind

[Verse 3]
Go on get me a step ladder baby
Climb up on your top, top limb

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