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The Byrds — I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better
Album: Younger Than Yesterday
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Released: 1967
Length: 2:29
Plays (last 30 days): 2
The reasons why, oh, I can say
I have to let you go, babe, and right away
After what you did, I can't stay on
And I'll probably feel a whole lot better when you're gone

Baby, for a long time you had me believe
That your love was all mine and that's the way it would be
But I didn't know that you were putting me on
And I'll probably feel a whole lot better when you're gone
Oh, when you're gone

Now I've got to say that it's not like before
And I'm not going to play your games anymore
After what you did, I can't stay on
And I'll probably feel a whole lot better when you're gone
Oh, when you're gone
Oh, when you're gone
Oh, when you're gone
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 secretsauce wrote:


I didn't know Daniel Craig was in the Byrds!  
 I give this comment TWO thumbs up!

We have a local (argentinian) version of this song, performed by Charly Garcia "Me siento mucho mejor".
 treatment_bound wrote:
Nice job on this one by this guy:

Gene Clark
 

I didn't know Daniel Craig was in the Byrds!  
 jbarryc wrote:
What is it about 'jangly guitars'? 
 

It was the 60's!
 amoreena wrote:
My divorce theme song!!!
 
Same here!  (although mine was the Tom Petty cover)
 Tomasni wrote:
To me this is 8 - Most Excellent   
 
I'll join you there with a +1!  Just watched the Doc on Netflix called (IIRC) The Echo of the Canyon, produced by Jakob Dylan, and highlighting the Byrds amongst many other of the LA scene in the 66/67 time frame...it was quite brilliant....LLRP!!
 jbarryc wrote:
What is it about 'jangly guitars'? 
 

I know.
The best sound out there.
 kingart wrote:
The song I would most associate with a former, hot, fabulous but impulsive and somewhat cheating girlfriend when she dumped me. 

Now 25 years later, after much living, we're back together and having a wonderful time...

How should I think about this classic, almost perfect track now?

Is this a good problem to have?

Oh with The Byrds. Still not living that LA canyon rock royalty lifestyle. Dammit! Although how many of you too have brothers named Chris? 
I think this is the first LP I bought
What is it about 'jangly guitars'? 
Sharon Van Etten's One Day segues to this. Wow. Even though the two were written decades apart, it feels like one was written in response to the other. 
 folkrocker wrote:

It's actually in A. Just sayin' {#Guitarist}

 
{#Yes}  ...with a lot of suspended fourths generously sprinkled on top.
To me this is 8 - Most Excellent   
Volume -> 11
 gjeeg wrote:
Back when jamming on the D chord was new.
Now its old.

 
It's actually in A. Just sayin' {#Guitarist}
All Gene fans need to check out the album with Carla Olson "So Rebellious A Lover". On her songs Carla's voice (IMO - her songs are still great) takes some getting used to but Gene's songs are spectacular. https://www.amazon.com/Rebellious-Lover-Clark-Carla-Olson/dp/B0000DZ3DR
{#Devil_pimp} zesty ! rip gene my favorite byrd
 idiot_wind wrote:
Is this the truly first ever "country rock" band? Before the grievous angel (Gram Parsons) joined them?

Or is it Buffalo Springfield?

Or it is a Buck Owens band?

  

 
"Time Between" and ""The Girl with No Name" off of Younger Than Yesterday (both written by Chris Hillman) were probably the first "country rock" ones out there.
It was released on February 6, 1967.
 sullivanssusie wrote:
I always thought Tom Petty sang this...

 
Tom Petty released a version that sounds soooo much like this, same harmonies, same guitar sound (at least to my ears), He shortened the title to "Feel a Whole Lot Better" on the Full Moon Fever album. I believe it must have been a tribute to the Byrds.
 treatment_bound wrote:
Spectacular segue from the GB's to this!

Keep that jangle coming. 

 One of these days I'm going to compile all the jangle guitar tunes into a big playlist for myself.


needles and pins :)
does not get much better than this
Nice job on this one by this guy:

Gene Clark
 treatment_bound wrote:
Spectacular segue from the GB's to this!

Keep that jangle coming. 

 
works today also!
 
Spectacular segue from the GB's to this!

Keep that jangle coming. 
 amoreena wrote:
My divorce theme song!!!

 
Mine too!!!!
 dduncan wrote:
Why is the Younger than Yesterday album being displayed? This is off the first Byrds album!

 
That's actually the cover for their "Greatest Hits" album which includes this track.
I always thought Tom Petty sang this...
My divorce theme song!!!
Is this the truly first ever "country rock" band? Before the grievous angel (Gram Parsons) joined them?

Or is it Buffalo Springfield?

Or it is a Buck Owens band?

  
Why is the Younger than Yesterday album being displayed? This is off the first Byrds album!
Great segue.  I was just thinking how much the guitar in Allison Road sounded like the Byrds.
ah gene clark my favorite byrd , rip
A uniquely sweet vocal plus guitar sound. Love The Byrds.
 hallogallo wrote:

I've never really gotten into the "nice segue, RP!" thing ... until now. For some reason, "Allison Road" to "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better" was really cool.

{#Sunny} 

 

 
yeah it works so well,  reprise today!
 pinem wrote:
Byrds=harmony at its best

 
I'd put the Mamas and the Papas ahead of the Byrds, but it's close. This is streets better than the Tom Petty cover. The band is playing to tight perfection here. 
 kingart wrote:
The song I would most associate with a former, hot, fabulous but impulsive and somewhat cheating girlfriend when she dumped me. 

Now 25 years later, after much living, we're back together and having a wonderful time...

How should I think about this classic, almost perfect track now?

Is this a good problem to have?
 

 
Yes it is.
The song I would most associate with a former, hot, fabulous but impulsive and somewhat cheating girlfriend when she dumped me. 

Now 25 years later, after much living, we're back together and having a wonderful time...

How should I think about this classic, almost perfect track now?

Is this a good problem to have?
 
 hallogallo wrote:

I've never really gotten into the "nice segue, RP!" thing ... until now. For some reason, "Allison Road" to "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better" was really cool.

{#Sunny} 

 

 

The GB's had a whole bunch of "jangle" in their sound, so it all works.

Where it all started.... Thank you.

What a season of music burst forth... Way-Back-When.


WOW—that takes me back to high school!

{#Ask}


Byrds=harmony at its best
 hallogallo wrote:

I've never really gotten into the "nice segue, RP!" thing ... until now. For some reason, "Allison Road" to "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better" was really cool.

{#Sunny} 

 

 
reprise today, vn
 d48m02h1918 wrote:
My drug of choice.....jangly Rickenbacker!! {#Guitarist}

 
+1 amen to the frying pan !!


I've never really gotten into the "nice segue, RP!" thing ... until now. For some reason, "Allison Road" to "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better" was really cool.

{#Sunny} 

 
Back when jamming on the D chord was new.
Now its old.
great segue from the gin blossoms' 'allison road'...
This song was not written by Bob Dylan.

From Allmusic:

"While the group's first two hits, "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "All I Really Want to Do," had been penned by Bob Dylan, and their biggest single, "Turn! Turn! Turn!," was adapted from a passage in the book of Ecclesiastes by Pete Seeger, "Feel a Whole Lot Better" was written by Gene Clark, who would prove to be the strongest songwriter in the group during his short tenure with the band."

Come on, Bill. Get it right.
Ahhhh! So that's why the Gin Blossoms' "Allison Road" sounded so instantly familiar!

Thanks Bill!

(In this session "Allison Road was played directly before this song and it is a clear, umm, borrowing of the song (although it is a pretty common chord progression).  Very easy to hear this.  More so then with Dylan's version... 
YES!
After this concluded earlier today, Bill commented that this was one of "Dylan's better break up songs." Would that were so. Gene Clark wrote this song.
I wish I liked this since it is such a good song {#Drool}
Thankx for this!
Excellent song. Charly Garcia's cover made us discover it. Have you checked it out?

https://youtu.be/rfBbuhtVHFU

{#Bananapiano}
Tom Green photobombed the album cover?
 maxmox wrote:

Hardly, Tom was (maybe) learning guitar when this group was around, and had left before he arrived.

 

Irony challenged?
 maxmox wrote:

Hardly, Tom was (maybe) learning guitar when this group was around, and had left before he arrived.

 
yep tom was in elementary school
 d48m02h1918 wrote:
My drug of choice.....jangly Rickenbacker!! {#Guitarist}

 
The best drug on the market.
 Misterfixit wrote:
(clipped)
.... It looks to me like a Rabbit Fur snow hat made from the fur of rabbits tortured by Big Pharma and the Capitalistic Wall-Street Puppet Running Dogs Imperialists and the Bush Gang of Many.  ...
 
Perhaps it's best to put those tortured rabbits out of their misery, and to wear their glorious hides on our heads as billboards proclaiming our opposition to animal cruelty.
 PopKombo wrote:
Don't know who these guys are ... but they're blatantly ripping off Tom Petty!  

 
Hardly, Tom was (maybe) learning guitar when this group was around, and had left before he arrived.
{#Bananapiano}{#Yell}
yeah!
My drug of choice.....jangly Rickenbacker!! {#Guitarist}
 Misterfixit wrote:

What is a "furoops" cap?  It looks to me like a Rabbit Fur snow hat made from the fur of rabbits tortured by Big Pharma and the Capitalistic Wall-Street Puppet Running Dogs Imperialists and the Bush Gang of Many.  I had a bunny once, her name was Thumper and she was the cutest little critter.  She went outside the house when my little sister left the cage open one day and must have met up with Mister Thumper and fell in love and went on to raise a big big family of Little Thumpers.  That's what my mom and dad told me, so I believed them.  Yes I did.  Of course I know better now .. this was when I lived in California and she went out and met another Ms. Thumper and they Did Some Work and lived happily ever after.  I'm pretty sure, anyway.
 
your bunny was an idiot.
 PopKombo wrote:
Don't know who these guys are ... but they're blatantly ripping off Tom Petty!  
 
haha!
So do I, just in the mood for this! 
Rickenbacker rules
 Misterfixit wrote:
The theme song for my first wife's rather hurried departure ...
 
A "Thank God and Greyhound" moment, eh?
A very classic Gene Clark (RIP) song, one of the best tunes from the 60s. 
Don't know who these guys are ... but they're blatantly ripping off Tom Petty!  
very good
 WonderLizard wrote:

Nope. Crosby is second from the left in the fur (oops...) hat.

 
What is a "furoops" cap?  It looks to me like a Rabbit Fur snow hat made from the fur of rabbits tortured by Big Pharma and the Capitalistic Wall-Street Puppet Running Dogs Imperialists and the Bush Gang of Many.  I had a bunny once, her name was Thumper and she was the cutest little critter.  She went outside the house when my little sister left the cage open one day and must have met up with Mister Thumper and fell in love and went on to raise a big big family of Little Thumpers.  That's what my mom and dad told me, so I believed them.  Yes I did.  Of course I know better now .. this was when I lived in California and she went out and met another Ms. Thumper and they Did Some Work and lived happily ever after.  I'm pretty sure, anyway.
CLASSIC! 
But this version, somehow, sounds — faster —  than the one on my iPod, and on the Byrds CD collection I ripped it from. 
The theme song for my first wife's rather hurried departure ...
YES!
MORE BYRDS!!!!!
A welcome antidote to whining Radiohead!
Outstanding-love that singing Rickenbacker r 12 string!!     {#Bananajam}
 treatment_bound wrote:
I remember seing these guys on Ed Sullivan when I was a kid, and thinking they looked pretty cool.  I still do think that.

There's another decent shot of them walking down the street (5 across) on the back of that "Essential" compilation which came out in 2003 which I'd love to get a poster of.



 
Which one is Tom Petty?  :)


Among the best, maybe the best, of the Byrds' original tunes, among them Have You Seen Her Face and She Don't Care About Time. Great American band.  
Actually my favourite Byrds track. A great rocker. B-side of All I Really Wanna Do single I bought as a teenager in UK.
I had no idea the TP version was a cover...
 cohifi wrote:
Hey!  Is that David Crosby w/o a mustache?  {#Shhh}
 
Nope. Crosby is second from the left in the fur (oops...) hat.

okay...


here's where the over-50s are gonna kill me... {#Lol}


I actually like the Tom Petty version of this MORE DESPITE it being a cover...


Hey!  Is that David Crosby w/o a mustache?  {#Shhh}
Those were the days...and I still just love this song.
The original sound of the flower, power generation! Very nice!
I remember seing these guys on Ed Sullivan when I was a kid, and thinking they looked pretty cool.  I still do think that.

There's another decent shot of them walking down the street (5 across) on the back of that "Essential" compilation which came out in 2003 which I'd love to get a poster of.


 dionysius wrote:
The touchstone, the source, the birth, the origin and fount of all jangle-rock (from the Beatles' "And Your Bird Can Sing" all the way to R.E.M.). A sweet and poignant (and rare!) Gene Clark vocal over McGuinn's peerless chiming Rickenbacker twelve-string hollow-body reverberations. The best Byrds song period, over McGuinn's inconsistent material and even over their Dylan covers.
 
What lmic said. I interviewed Chris Hillman for a defunct rag some years ago. He admired Clark's subtlety, "I'll probably feel a whole lot better..."

I played this album constantly in the summer of 67.
Yet another great Byrds song.  I liked a lot of their stuff.  My favorite albums of theirs were Younger than Yesterday, Notorious Byrd Brothers and Sweetheart of the Rodeo.  Those three also showed their versatility.
 toterola wrote:
Talk about your talent-rich bands! These guys had it all... except the will to stick together. Well, I loved all their stuff, especially the seminal "Sweetheart of the Rodeo". As good as it gets. {#Clap}
 
BUMP!
 bronorb wrote:


A nice way to end the morning here in the US Midwest.
Great Song. Have that album on vinyl and played it to death.

 
Good way to begin it also{#Daisy}
 nalle wrote:
A classic, nice start with RP this day/evening.
 

A nice way to end the morning here in the US Midwest.
Great Song. Have that album on vinyl and played it to death.

A classic, nice start with RP this day/evening.
Prolly my fav Byrds tune!{#Bananajam}
 rtrudeau wrote:
How is it possible that this song wasn't commented on from 2005 until today? This is some great early rock. Love those jangly guitars.
 
Bill forgot to play it for all those years.

 Dave_Mack wrote:
I have a soft spot for this song since my band used to play it.  We did a pretty nice job of it, too.  It wasn't until long after the band broke up that one of our guitarists got a beautiful Rickenbacker.

 
If I knew how to play one like Roger did... I would just lie down and jangle all day long.

This song is almost older than I am, and it still rules...
this is a shimmering guitar and vocal gem of a song.



This is a great classic!


Talk about your talent-rich bands! These guys had it all... except the will to stick together. Well, I loved all their stuff, especially the seminal "Sweetheart of the Rodeo". As good as it gets. {#Clap}
like tom petty version even better
 dionysius wrote:
The touchstone, the source, the birth, the origin and fount of all jangle-rock (from the Beatles' "And Your Bird Can Sing" all the way to R.E.M.). A sweet and poignant (and rare!) Gene Clark vocal over McGuinn's peerless chiming Rickenbacker twelve-string hollow-body reverberations. The best Byrds song period, over McGuinn's inconsistent material and even over their Dylan covers.
 
Word.

Byrds,,oh yes I like Byrds,all of their work,always well played,nice harmonies
and a production that was ground breaking ! "Full Stereo Sound" !{#Smile}
you guys should listen to Charly Garcia's version of this song in Spanish
 jadewahoo wrote:
What a sweet, sweet sound!
 
{#High-five} Agreed! I love The Byrds.

What a sweet, sweet sound!
This is a great 60s pop song....pure joy.
How is it possible that this song wasn't commented on from 2005 until today? This is some great early rock. Love those jangly guitars.

OMG i can't tell you how much i frickin love this song. reminds me of a special, special time in my life.


I have a soft spot for this song since my band used to play it.  We did a pretty nice job of it, too.  It wasn't until long after the band broke up that one of our guitarists got a beautiful Rickenbacker.

The touchstone, the source, the birth, the origin and fount of all jangle-rock (from the Beatles' "And Your Bird Can Sing" all the way to R.E.M.). A sweet and poignant (and rare!) Gene Clark vocal over McGuinn's peerless chiming Rickenbacker twelve-string hollow-body reverberations. The best Byrds song period, over McGuinn's inconsistent material and even over their Dylan covers.