Song of the Day: The Byrds – “Wasn’t Born To Follow”

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50 years ago this month, The Byrds released their fifth album, The Notorious Byrd Brothers, which included this track. One of two Goffin-King songs on the album along with “Goin’ Back,” this song was about the freedom associated with being a hippie, although its message can apply to anyone with a bit of wanderlust (“No 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 know the names of”). The song was part of the Easy Rider soundtrack and also had versions performed by Carole King and Dusty Springfield.

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