Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Wasn't Born To Follow

Written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, with The Byrds version featuring prominently in the film, Easy Rider"Wasn't Born To Follow" is a William Blake via Henry David Thoreau composition of mystical vision and lost canyons, a statement of the solitary and the natural, turned and tossed by restlessness and tranquility.

For all it's metaphysical lyrical quality, the base music itself is, at heart, rooted and roaming.  A sound of disappearance and open space.  There's no wonder that this tunes translates so well to a Country sound, as evidenced by its numerous covers.  Obviously, The Byrds have the seminal version, the one we all know.  But Uncle Tupelo (from a live bootleg) and The Sadies do it fine justice as well (oh, and there's a really nifty Memphis-esque Soul version done by Dusty Springfield...hunt it down)

Somewhere in the great American desert a parched and dusted Harley still flies with the wind...

Oh, I'd rather go and journey where the
Diamond crescent's flowing
And run across the valley
Beneath the sacred mountain
And wander through the forest
Where the trees have leaves of prisms
That break the light up into colors
That no one knows the names of

And when it's time I'll go and wait

Beside the 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 visions
Flow into one another

And I'll stay awhile and wonder

At the mist that they've created
And lose myself within it
Cleanse my mind and body
And I know at that moment
As I stand in that cathedral
I will want to dive
Beneath the white cascading water

She may beg and she may plead

And she may argue with your logic
Mention all the things I'll lose
That really have no value
Though I doubt that she will ever
Come to understand my meaning
In the end she'll surely know
I wasn't born to follow
Uncle Tupelo: Wasn't Born To Follow (mp3)

The Sadies: Wasn't Born To Follow (mp3)


Chris said...

Love the new look!

bigrockcandymountain said...

Hey, thanks. Still trying to make it look better, but hopefully it's a bit of an improvement from the last design!

Duncanmusic said...

I bought this in high school at a little record shop, my first 'promo' copy LP. This song and Going Back got me the most...funny that they're both Carole King penned. Loved it when it appeared in Easy Rider. Another version concurrent with the Byrds was the Lemon Pipers on their Green Tambourine LP. Though I never liked their version as well, it was an important version for me to hear at the time, so I could hear how someone else interpreted a song I loved dearly. Also, as I recall, didn't The City (featuring Carole King pre-Writer and Tapestry) on Ode Records also release it on their one LP? I believe Carole did it herself again during her stay on Capitol on that Lp where she redid a lot of her earlier songwriting triumphs...or maybe I'm thinking of her redo of Going Back from that same LP.

Paul said...