My Back Pages

Album: Younger than Yesterday (1967)
Charted: 30
  • Crimson flames tied through my ears
    Rollin' high and mighty traps
    Countless with fire on flaming roads
    Using ideas as my maps
    We'll meet on edges, soon, said I
    Proud 'neath heated brow

    Ah, but I was so much older then
    I'm younger than that now
    Half-wracked prejudice leaped forth
    Rip down all hate, I screamed
    Lies that life is black and white
    Spoke from my skull I dreamed
    Romantic facts of musketeers
    Foundationed deep, somehow
    Ah, but I was so much older then
    I'm younger than that now

    In a soldier's stance, I aimed my hand
    At the mongrel dogs who teach
    Fearing not that I'd become my enemy
    In the instant that I preach
    Sisters fled by confusion boats
    Mutiny from stern to bow
    Ah, but I was so much older then
    I'm younger than that now

    Ah, but I was so much older then
    I'm younger than that now

    My guard stood hard when abstract threats
    Too noble to neglect
    Deceived me into thinking
    I had something to protect
    Good and bad, I define these terms
    Quite clear, no doubt, somehow
    Ah, but I was so much older then
    I'm younger than that now Writer/s: Bob Dylan
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Comments: 11

  • Miles from Vancouver, CanadaCyberpope...I think what Josep means is the cover that was performed by Dylan, Harrison, Petty, Young AND Clapton together, not as individuals. Roger McGuinn was part of that "supergroup" as well. Could it have been a Wilburys reboot? Who knows? But yes, it's a great song by Dylan himself, the Byrds...and the uber-Wilburys, if you will. Also, I think the keywords of the song are meant as a paradox. Think of the Simpsons episode where Frank Ormand says, "Ah, but that was the old me...which ironically was the young me!"
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 26th 1967, the Byrds' covered version of "My Back Pages" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #86; five weeks later on April 30th, 1967 it would peak at #30 {for 1 week} and spent 7 weeks on the Top 100...
    Was track three of side two on the group's fourth studio album, 'Younger Than Yesterday', and the album peaked at #24 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
    Two other tracks from the album also made the Top 100 chart; "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n Roll Star" {peaked at #29} and "Have You Seen Her Face" {reached #74}...
    Between 1965 and 1970 the LA-formed quintet had sixteen Top 100 records; two made the Top 10 and both reached #1, "Mr. Tambourine Man" {for 1 week in 1965} and "Turn! Turn! Turn!" {For 3 weeks in 1965}.
  • Cyberpope from Richmond, CanadaDylan didn't cover this song; he WROTE(& performed) it!
  • Cyberpope from Richmond, CanadaRather annoying that nobody credits Dylan for this song any more -- it's always "by the Byrds"
  • John from Colorado Springs, Co"My Back Pages"...'Brilliantly conceived, flawlessly executed!' The Dylan cover mentioned above, including the musical stylings of Harrison, Petty, Young, Clapton, and, of course, Dylan...lets not forget Roger McGuinn, was from "Bob Dylan's 30th Anniversary Concert". Some brilliant arrangements from some of the most remarkable musicians in modern times!
  • Daniela from Buenos Aires, ArgentinaI love this song, it's my favourite from the Byrds!
  • Josep from Dubrovnik, CroatiaMy favorite version of this song was a cover by Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Neil Young, and Eric Clapton.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyAnother great song that faced the 1960s 'AM' radio ax; album version was 3:08 but 'AM' radio version was 2:31 Bruce Springsteen sang this song during his sound check for a concert in Chapel Hill, NC on 3-4-1988 but didn't perform it in the actual concert???
  • Niles from Belpre, OhI think I still have this album
  • David from Youngstown, OhWhile the Byrds did many, many Dylan songs (including an entire album), this stands out as their best.
  • Oldpink from New Castle, InYep, Dylan nails something so well lyrically, then The Byrds do it right musically.
    The recurring phrase used throughout is yet another in a long line of ironic, deliberately anachronistic phrases in the Dylan canon.
    "I was so much older then/I'm younger than that now."
    Fantastic wordplay, and I completely understood it when I first heard this on the radio.
    Universal, brilliant, and timeless.
    Anyone who has had a tough time growing up, emerging with happiness at a later time, will jerk his head back to the radio the first time he ever hears that!
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