Everybody's Been Burned

Album: Younger Than Yesterday (1967)

Songfacts®:

  • This song was written by David Crosby a year or so before he joined up with Roger McGuinn and Gene Clark to form The Byrds. It was a melancholic take on temperance and trustworthiness.
  • The chord changes in this track are jazzier than what was happening in pop music at the time. Crosby has commended his fellow band members, especially Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman, for being open-minded about such matters.
  • In an interview with Steve Silberman in 1995, David Crosby said that he thought this was "the first actually passable song that I wrote."

Comments: 2

  • Nikkoarty from U.k. For me this is Crosby at his best crafting a song which succinctly explores the fears and hopes of love. As a 15 year old I was completely hooked. I still am. This song also enables Roger McGuinn to contribute one of the most emotionally charged guitar solos ever. If you want to tune in to some quality 60’s vibes I would always recommend listening to the Byrds. All Good Things.
  • Maryann from GeorgiaSO many years later (and I even saw the Byrds in concert back in the day) I just discovered this song and have been playing it over and over like a teenager. So haunting and beautiful.
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