50 year ago,Melanie Safka — who rose to fame merely as "Melanie" — exit the irresistibly catchy "Brand brand-new Key," which topped the charts roughly the world. In a conversation with Bart Herbison that Nashville Songwriters association International, Melanie called the unlikely origin story that the song, exactly how she felt about it specifying her career, and also the shoot of trust it offered to Elton John.

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Bart Herbison: “Brand new Key,” among my favorite songs ever! Melanie, you are going to need to forgive me if i fanboy since I praise you! …People might not establish that when ‘Brand brand-new Key’ come out, it was the topic of a most supposition and also a most innuendo, however I hear you wrote it due to the fact that you were hungry.


Melanie: It comes the end in a lot of songs. I was on a fast and a vegetarian previously. Ns wasn’t doing well as a vegetarian. I kept acquiring ill and colds and so I checked out a fasting guru, bernard Jenson. He was in Escondido, California and also I was in new Jersey. Ns flew out and also I had a huge concert at Carnegie Hall and I couldn’t be sick. Ns was getting a cold. The said, “Come out and we will placed you ~ above a fast.” So i did and also was ~ above a quick for 27 job on nothing however distilled water, and also it had actually to it is in distilled water for this reason you didn’t get any kind of extra mineral or anything. Ns was see God, and I no really want to stop the fast. There space so countless different opinions the fasting and so countless different monster diet things. Anyways, ns was in search of my perfect diet and solution and also again, I had actually been a vegetarian and also wasn’t doing well. Top top the 27th day, he said, “Melanie, i think the time to protect against the fast.” ns said, “No! i am starting to gain visions!”

BH: I bet you were! (Laughing) 

Melanie: I had actually an suffer with a mountain lion because we to be in Escondido in the hills and I had this actual minute when ns was looking at a mountain lion and thinking, ‘Wow! no he beautiful?


BH: That’s more than likely why he didn’t strike you, since you didn’t act afraid.

Melanie: Probably. Ns was just so not afraid. Ns was cleansed. I went back after Dr. Jenson claimed that mine perfect diet would take place to me. He argued that ns eat meat due to the fact that my blood form was O. Ns was like, “What!? Meat? No!” (He said, “At least, maybe as soon as a week, because it will help ground you.”


I stopped the fast gradually through eating partly cooked grated carrot and also zucchini. I did this for a few days and then i was ~ above my method to a flea market...I came earlier with a huge bag full of crazy stuff and I to be hungry! we were happen something and also I smelled this aroma. Dr. Jenson claimed it would take place to me, that I would certainly know. Ns looked over and it was a McDonalds. This was the truth!

BH: through the way, McDonalds to be pretty new then.

Melanie: It was really new. Simply that scent of rancid grease, ns don’t know what it was, but we traction in and also I gained one of those combos and no sooner than had actually I finished the last bite the burger, that I composed “Brand brand-new Key.” It simply came into my head. I had actually one of those small practice guitars in the van through me and also when my husband, who was a document producer, heard me singing, that said, “What’s that?” and also I said, “Oh, part silly song. I’m just playing around.” he said, “No, no--do that part again!” and I did, and he said, “Melanie, that’s a hit!” and I said, “A hit? No! If it is a hit, i am doomed to be cute because that the rest of mine life.” and also that is specifically what happened!

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Melanie: give thanks to you therefore much. And it’s the 50th anniversary of the song. Wow!

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