About the song

Ah, yes, “(‘Til) I Kissed You” by the Everly Brothers. A true gem from the golden age of rock and roll, released in 1959. Now, for those unfamiliar with this iconic duo, the Everly Brothers were pioneers in shaping the sound of the 1950s and early 1960s. Their close harmonies, infectious melodies, and energetic performances captivated audiences worldwide.

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“(‘Til) I Kissed You” perfectly encapsulates their signature style. Written by Don Everly himself, the song is a declaration of sudden, earth-shattering love. It’s a testament to the power of a single kiss to transform one’s entire perspective on life.

The beauty of the song lies in its simplicity. Built on a foundation of just three chords – the I, IV, and vi – it’s a testament to the power of strong songwriting. The melody is catchy and playful, mirroring the lighthearted innocence of young love. Yet, beneath the surface, there’s a touch of vulnerability and wonder in the lyrics.

Now, let’s delve deeper into the song’s impact. Released in 1959, “(‘Til) I Kissed You” became an instant hit, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It wasn’t just a commercial success; it resonated deeply with listeners. The song captured the youthful energy and romantic yearning of a generation. It became an anthem for teenagers experiencing the joys and anxieties of first love.

“(‘Til) I Kissed You” also holds historical significance. It marked a turning point in the Everly Brothers’ career. Prior to this, they were known for their rockabilly sound. “(‘Til) I Kissed You” showcased their ability to seamlessly blend rock and roll with pop sensibilities, paving the way for a softer, more melodic sound that would dominate the charts in the coming years.

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The song’s influence extends far beyond the 1950s. It has been covered by countless artists across various genres, a testament to its enduring appeal. From country legend Connie Smith to pop icon Olivia Newton-John, “(‘Til) I Kissed You” continues to inspire new interpretations.

So, when you hear the opening chords of “(‘Til) I Kissed You”, prepare to be transported back to a simpler time. A time of innocence, first love, and the transformative power of a single kiss. It’s a song that reminds us of the universal emotions that transcend generations, a true classic of the rock and roll era.

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Lyrics

Never felt like this until I kissed you
How did I exist until I kissed you
Never had you on my mind
Now you’re there all the time
Never knew what I missed until I kissed you, uh-huh
I kissed you, oh yeah

Things have really changed since I kissed you, uh-huh
My life’s not the same now that I kissed you, oh yeah
Mm, you got a way about you
Now I can’t live without you
Never knew what I missed until I kissed you, uh-huh
I kissed you, oh yeah

You don’t realize what you do to me
And I didn’t realize what a kiss could be
Mm, you got a way about you
Now I can’t live without you
Never knew what I missed until I kissed you, uh-huh
I kissed you, oh yeah

You don’t realize what you do to me
And I didn’t realize what a kiss could be
Mm, you got a way about you
Now I can’t live without you
Never knew what I missed until I kissed you, uh-huh
I kissed you, oh yeah

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I kissed you, uh-huh
I kissed you, oh yeah
I kissed you, uh-huh