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The Byrds — Wasn't Born To Follow
Album: The Notorius Byrd Brothers
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7.7

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Total ratings: 949









Released: 1968
Length: 2:02
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Oh I'd rather go and journey
Where the diamond crescent's glowing
And run across the valley
Beneath the sacred mountain
And wander through the forest
Where the trees have leaves of prisms
And break the light in colors
That no-one knows the names of

And when it's time I'll go and wait
Beside a legendary fountain
Till I see your form reflected
In its clear and jeweled waters
And if you think I'm ready
You may lead me to the chasm
Where the rivers of our vision
Flow into one another

I will watch her dive beneath
The white cascading waters
She may beg she may plead
She may argue with her logic
And then mention all the things I'll lose
That really have no value
In the end she will surely know
I wasn't born to follow
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Yeah, this song was the 60's. Until everyone turned mean-addicts. The (NOLA?) whores in Easy Rider, with their fishnet stockings, were quite fashion-forward though. 
Always love this one Beautiful lyrics Beautiful music Thanks
Love the random psychedelic 'wibbly-wobbly' bit in the middle  
A favorite of mine from high school days - nice to hear it again.
 scrubbrush wrote:
Never realized how much these guys sounded like the Monkees.
 

Wellll...sometimes
Oh a solid 10. Just much too short, I always want more...
Reminds me of the AMS tape phaser simulator used by ELO.
FREE BYRD

{#Crown} 
 joelbb wrote:
A genuinely beautiful song and the true motto of "Easy Rider" (as well as the very best people in my g-generation).  The extraordinary Gene Clark wrote it, along with "Feel a Whole Lot Better" and "Eight Miles High".  The hippest guy around, Dennis Hopper, knew exactly how good Clark was and used this cut and a couple of original cuts by him in the movie.  Never a big commercial success himself, Clark partnered with Doug Dillard after leaving the Byrds.  Dillard & Clark were seminal in cementing folk rock as an American genre with worldwide popularity.  Tom Petty, R.E.M. and, yes, The Shins owe the Byrds in general and Gene Clark in particular a great deal.  Dis not that which you don't know, Dweebs.

 
this dweeb thanks you joelbb   : )            hmmmm, where's liddle roach ...
 coloradojohn wrote:
I love how this strikes and reverberates all the chords of the heady flux from the World I Was In As A Kid... I love how it has flashes of Dylan (cool, clever, poetic lyrics), The Animals (Sky Pilot-type atmosphere in there), and while this didn't have Neil Young, for me, it's impossible to hear that flourish at the end without thinking of him. I also love how Tom Petty did a lot to keep The Byrds' sound alive!

 
Wow! Until now I hadn't connected Tom Petty with the Byrds. But, you're right! Thanks for the enlightenment. {#Idea}
I love how this strikes and reverberates all the chords of the heady flux from the World I Was In As A Kid... I love how it has flashes of Dylan (cool, clever, poetic lyrics), The Animals (Sky Pilot-type atmosphere in there), and while this didn't have Neil Young, for me, it's impossible to hear that flourish at the end without thinking of him. I also love how Tom Petty did a lot to keep The Byrds' sound alive!
                         
 treatment_bound wrote:
Love that album cover...did they replace David Crosby with a horse?
 
They should have.  
 Stephenater wrote:
This reminds me, I need to watch Easy Rider with my 18 year old son.  
Can't believe I haven't fulfilled this parental duty yet!
 
Now on Netflix; no more excuses!


{#Devil_pimp} ZESTY!
This reminds me, I need to watch Easy Rider with my 18 year old son.  

Can't believe I haven't fulfilled this parental duty yet!
Wow... had to stop and turn this up.

I'm rating it a 9, so I'll be able to bump it to a 10 next time I hear it.

One of my favourite Byrds tunes.  I still have the vinyl.

Graham
Somewhere in Kuwait. 
Still gives me goosebumps after all these years.
 agd3 wrote:
My favorite scene from Easy Rider!

 
mine too°!
My favorite scene from Easy Rider!
lovely!

{#Rolleyes}

 scrubbrush wrote:

Never realized how much these guys sounded like the Monkees.

 


Never realized how much these guys sounded like the Monkees.
 zepher wrote:
Is that freedom rock man?



Turn it up.

 
{#Cowboy} love me some hippie chicks
{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}{#Cowboy}
{#Good-vibes}
{#Cowboy}  {#Motor}
 {#Hearteyes}

zepher wrote:
Is that freedom rock man?



Turn it up.

 

flanger baby, flanger.   not phaser.   8
Love that album cover...did they replace David Crosby with a horse?
Why was this song so damn short? It's like negative ions at the waterfall. Need all you can soak in. 
wayhey, im back on my cruzer next to Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, I dont think they had met Jack at this point of the film.       A cracking album but Chestnut mare is the bestest track from it.
The ultimate hippy recruitment anthem. A Gerry Goffin stroke of genius. Best bit of music in the film, methinks.
 WonderLizard wrote:

Isn't this a Goffin/King song?

 
Yes, it is.
Very, very nice!
 zepher wrote:
Is that freedom rock man?



Turn it up.

 
That's just beauty. There is no beauty like feminine beauty.
Is that freedom rock man?



Turn it up.
Good album... Nice mellow music as the folk and rock worlds split into their own orbits...

Sad that some failed to appreciate both sides and sounds or artists who chose one over another.



 
An American supergroup. Of course, made their name with a lot of Dylan covers, but they had some great songs of their own and a unique sound. '60s and '70s sounds wouldn't have been as good without them. 
 
 joelbb wrote:
A genuinely beautiful song and the true motto of "Easy Rider" (as well as the very best people in my g-generation).  The extraordinary Gene Clark wrote it, along with "Feel a Whole Lot Better" and "Eight Miles High".  The hippest guy around, Dennis Hopper, knew exactly how good Clark was and used this cut and a couple of original cuts by him in the movie.  Never a big commercial success himself, Clark partnered with Doug Dillard after leaving the Byrds.  Dillard & Clark were seminal in cementing folk rock as an American genre with worldwide popularity.  Tom Petty, R.E.M. and, yes, The Shins owe the Byrds in general and Gene Clark in particular a great deal.  Dis not that which you don't know, Dweebs.
 
Isn't this a Goffin/King song?
 myersei wrote:
just watched easy rider for the first time in about 15 years last night.  cool.  rip DH.
 
The last time I saw it, Easy Rider seemed like a disjointed mess. I thought that it was great when it came out however. 
I love this song! Is that Garcia on the pedal steel? 10 in so many ways.
 joelbb wrote:
A genuinely beautiful song and the true motto of "Easy Rider" (as well as the very best people in my g-generation).  The extraordinary Gene Clark wrote it, along with "Feel a Whole Lot Better" and "Eight Miles High".  The hippest guy around, Dennis Hopper, knew exactly how good Clark was and used this cut and a couple of original cuts by him in the movie.  Never a big commercial success himself, Clark partnered with Doug Dillard after leaving the Byrds.  Dillard & Clark were seminal in cementing folk rock as an American genre with worldwide popularity.  Tom Petty, R.E.M. and, yes, The Shins owe the Byrds in general and Gene Clark in particular a great deal.  Dis not that which you don't know, Dweebs.
 
What he said. Yeah.    {#Guitarist}
A genuinely beautiful song and the true motto of "Easy Rider" (as well as the very best people in my g-generation).  The extraordinary Gene Clark wrote it, along with "Feel a Whole Lot Better" and "Eight Miles High".  The hippest guy around, Dennis Hopper, knew exactly how good Clark was and used this cut and a couple of original cuts by him in the movie.  Never a big commercial success himself, Clark partnered with Doug Dillard after leaving the Byrds.  Dillard & Clark were seminal in cementing folk rock as an American genre with worldwide popularity.  Tom Petty, R.E.M. and, yes, The Shins owe the Byrds in general and Gene Clark in particular a great deal.  Dis not that which you don't know, Dweebs.
"Oh, I got a helmet!"
 MinMan wrote:
That's possible given that The Shins benefit from knowledge of the music produced in the intervening 40 years. Still, they're groundbreaking in their own way.
 

Cars today are so much better than the ones produced 40 years ago.
(Except they almost all look like jelly beans.) {#Mrgreen}
... my drivers license, my first harley and this album all in one summer. Couldn't beat the summer of '68. The memories...
western union..da da da da
gooooooooooooooooose bumps{#Sunny}

O Wow!  {#Jump}
nothing captures that moment better than this
The actual album this was from was Notorious Byrd Brothers.  Good album and I always liked this song.
 Gryn wrote:
Nice move from the Shins to The Byrds. Though, I still think the Shins are far better.

 
{#Clap} 


NOTORIOUS!
Crystal clear beauty. This song sparkles through the decades.

just watched easy rider for the first time in about 15 years last night.  cool.  rip DH.
Rest in Peace Dennis Hopper — the eternal easy rider!!!!!!!!
My favorite Byrds album. And so apt with the death of Dennis Hopper this week. Nice tribute, if that was the intention.
RIP Dennis Hopper
FANTASTIC!
me likey—-great movie, of  course, but I have the Byrds boxed set cuz i like em that much.
aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
ahhhhhh.
...sweet morning music...
Our rivers of vision flowed into one another just fine, but on the umpteenth train ride to a different college girlfriend, realized i wasn't born to follow. Then thought about buying an easy rider bike, but a Chicago bus ran me over...ahhh, Clarence W., love ya
Such classic Byrds, even outside of Easy Rider!
makes me wanna go swimming, maybe in a quarry!
I always liked Carole King's version better.
 lwilkinson wrote:
Easy Rider ........... this and a few other songs mark the movie, the time in history and for those of us who were in high school getting to hold our best-girl's hand while Jack Nickelson got his head beat in by a bunch of red necks was priceless.
 

Had very much the same experience !!!
BWAH HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
good one.

 
Gryn wrote:
Nice move from the Shins to The Byrds. Though, I still think the Shins are far better.
 


 gutboy wrote:
Is it just me, or has everybody missed the fact this song is about a sexual encounter
 
You know, probably 3/4 of pop music is about a sexual encounter....wanting one, having one or wishing you hadn't...in one way or another...

 kaybee wrote:

I think a lot of the music of the 60's wasn't so much pretentious as it was self-indulgent and maybe even naive.  But that's ok!  The 60's were a great influence on rock music.  And you can definitely hear, not the Byrds, but the Beatles influence on the Shins' music.

 
Not so much pretentious or self-indulgent as it was experimental. And that's always something to encourage.

The little sonic touches may sound silly today, but to a high school kid in the late 60s they were an indication that things were happening beyond his/her horizon.

"Another Pleasant Valley Sunday..."
I miss Clarence White

 BasmntMadman wrote:
Lordy...all those colors no one knows the name of...reminds me of Buzz the bush pilot in The Red Green Show. Wasn't Born to Follow may be pretentious, but the Byrds get away with it, and it's a wonderful song.
 
I think a lot of the music of the 60's wasn't so much pretentious as it was self-indulgent and maybe even naive.  But that's ok!  The 60's were a great influence on rock music.  And you can definitely hear, not the Byrds, but the Beatles influence on the Shins' music.

Gryn wrote:
Nice move from the Shins to The Byrds. Though, I still think the Shins are far better.
That's possible given that The Shins benefit from knowledge of the music produced in the intervening 40 years. Still, they're groundbreaking in their own way.
Always reminds me of Jack in "Easyrider." when I first watched it on the big screen. He made the movie! :motor:
a_genuine_find wrote:
nice segue!
Hey, This is a good movie suggestion for the evening...yeah! :think:
Is it just me, or has everybody missed the fact this song is about a sexual encounter "And if you think I'm ready You may lead me to the chasm where the rivers of our vision Flow into one another". as beautiful and pure as life itself should be , even if it was a one night stand. I know I'm a pig, but come on, it's obvious.
Nice move from the Shins to The Byrds. Though, I still think the Shins are far better.
Excellent timing. I was just listening to this soundtrack, Notorious Byrd Brothers and Sweethearts of the Rodeo last night. :clap:
nice segue!
jjafri wrote:
No Actually this followed "PLeasant Valley Sunday" at least the NBB album and this single did. Everybody knows who the horse on the cover represented. Yes, someone prone to "Mind Gardens: type pretentiousness.
I think Crosby said once that every bit of music he wrote and/or played was under the influence of marijuana. I think that was before he started freebasing, though!
Easy Rider ........... this and a few other songs mark the movie, the time in history and for those of us who were in high school getting to hold our best-girl's hand while Jack Nickelson got his head beat in by a bunch of red necks was priceless. :motor:
algrif wrote:
Anybody else think that this might have been some sort of influence on the Dead's music?
yeah, due to Owsley!(click here)
dcdog wrote:
more Byrds!
Yes! Yes!
more Byrds!
:sunny: Muy :sunny: Muy :sunny: Muy :sunny: Agradable :sunny:
Lordy...all those colors no one knows the name of...reminds me of Buzz the bush pilot in The Red Green Show. Wasn't Born to Follow may be pretentious, but the Byrds get away with it, and it's a wonderful song.
Haven't heard that one in ages. Tune :dance:
Always Always Always great to hear some Byrds!
:clap:
lawman wrote:
6 for the song, +4 for the nostalgia, -2 for the faded dreams, c.40 years later. :-P
AMEN!!
Don't bogart that joint my friend.........sorry wrong song same movie.:motor:
ahhhh, such a fantastic song.
I enjoyed that!
6 for the song, +4 for the nostalgia, -2 for the faded dreams, c.40 years later. :-P
trekhead wrote:
"...Another Pleasant Valley Sunda-a-ay...."
Dead ringer for "Take a Giant Step", actually. Both written by Goffin and King. Anything by the Byrds is ok with me.
a perfect evocation of the whole hippie era thing. oddly still very enjoyable and not dated. a joy to behold actually, all leading to the last 5 declarative words.
Too much late-1960s preciousness (and pretentiousness) for my taste, even though it's my era.
Love the lyrical content: And if you think I'm ready You may lead me to the chasm where the rivers of our vision Flow into one another. The Byrds were and always will be a benchmark in the soundtrack to my childhood of the 60's.
:clap: :boohoo: :dancingbanana: :daisy: :group-hug: :kiss:
yeeehaaa, it's hog time :motor:
lets stuff the gas tanks, fire up the bikes and go in search of New Mexico hippie girls!!!!!!!!!!!!
Beneath the magic mountain? A bunch of freakin' Hobbits have broken into song on one of their jaunts.
Ah, this soundtrack was one of the soundtracks to my motorcycle trip around China... thanks for reminding me that I need to listen to this again!
cool song.....one of my favorites....would love to hear hickory wind sometime....I still miss gram parsons.......
Kurt_from_La_Qui wrote:
this was before that.
No Actually this followed "PLeasant Valley Sunday" at least the NBB album and this single did. Everybody knows who the horse on the cover represented. Yes, someone prone to "Mind Gardens: type pretentiousness.
This is the best.
this is a GREAT album great to hear it!
jojopuppyfish wrote:
written by Carole king and Gerry Goffin I believe
Yep. Pretty amazing, eh? Considering the bulk of their output.
llazare wrote:
Can't have too much Byrds. In my book The Byrds influence is third to The Beatles and Hendrix. You hear the Byrds sound every place, from the earlier folk-rock to the later era Country-ish sound.
They influenced the Beatles. Heck, even the Beach Boys enfluenced the Beatles.
CCinSB wrote:
More Byrds! :yes:
:clap:
written by Carole king and Gerry Goffin I believe
More Byrds! :yes:
A true classic from the best Byrds album: The Notorious Byrd Brothers
algrif wrote:
Anybody else think that this might have been some sort of influence on the Dead's music?
They influenced many a band.
Remember Leslies
Anybody else think that this might have been some sort of influence on the Dead's music?
Oh my, this really harkens back. Nice.