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The Byrds — Lover of The Bayou
Album: Untitled
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Released: 1970
Length: 5:05
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Catfish pie in gris gris bag
I'm the lover of the bayou
Mark your doorstep with a half wet rag
I'm the lover of the bayou
Raised and swam with the crocodile
Snake-eye taught me the Mojo style
Sucking weed on chicken bile
I'm the lover of the bayou
I learned the key to the master look
I learned to float in the water clock
I learned to capture the lightning shock
I'm the lover of the bayou
And I got cat's an' teeth and hair for sale
I'm the lover of the bayou
Look out, look out, Baron Zombies on your tail
I'm the lover of the bayou
I cooked the bat in the gumbo pan
I drank the blood, drank the blood from a rusty can
Turned me into the Honga man
I'm the lover of the bayou
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Bought this record in the flea market from Barnstable. A lucky day in my life!
 xtalman wrote:

I would guess that Skynyrd was trying to be more like the Byrds then the other way around.



wrongo boyo. Skynyrd was around back then. In fact, Hendrix was a fan and when asked which new bands he dug he mentioned them
 bimmerfan739 wrote:

Pre-Photoshop too. I wonder if those stairs are at the Griffith Observatory?



The monument in the background is from Arizona/ Utah.
Freaking good ! not your typical Byrds songs, really deep. Love it !
"Sucking weed on chicken bile"


OK, what in heck does that mean?
Really nice.  Don't try that solo at home (unless you happen to have a B-bender lying around)
 jhorton wrote:
Do you think a young Tom Petty was listening to these guys?
 

And an older Tom too!
 coloradojohn wrote:
This type of cover (think the ones by hipgnosis like Pink Floyd's Ummagumma; 1969), it seems, was a photography thing at the time...
 
Pre-Photoshop too. I wonder if those stairs are at the Griffith Observatory?
I cranked this, oh yes!
 xkolibuul wrote:
This is, in retrospect, quite a silly song.
 
In their day, didn't really matter!!! Many tunes had a story line, some didn't....as long as they were jammin and makin folks feel groovy, it rocked!! Ahhhh....the days gone by....a simpler day in time, 2 b sure!!
 xtalman wrote:

I would guess that Skynyrd was trying to be more like the Byrds then the other way around.

 
I don't believe Skynyrd hadta try to be like anybody....they were a class all their own!! Glad to see/hear Derek Trucks band revitalizing, sorta, the Skynyrd pizzazz!
This is, in retrospect, quite a silly song.
 jhorton wrote:
Do you think a young Tom Petty was listening to these guys?
 

Sure!  Tom Petty was a great fan from the Byrds and he produced"Back from Rio" a great album of Roger McGuinn.
Another new one to me.  Thanks RP!
So much going on instrumentally in this song - amazing how it all hangs together, incredibly tight performance. Just going to bump it 8->9
Mudcrutch 
Fabulous.  10 at least.  Especially after Kasabian "Thick As Thieves", which gets a 1 from me....
This type of cover (think the ones by hipgnosis like Pink Floyd's Ummagumma; 1969), it seems, was a photography thing at the time...
killer tune  (amazing album photo has my perspective all wrangled man : )
Wow. Who is that singing? Roger McGuinn? Sounds like a melodic, young Dylan.
Wow. Who is that singing?
I'm gonna have to listen to this entire album tonight!

This has got my head bobbing up and down.  :-)

 
Cracking tune by a cracking band
Nice recovery from that Kasabian Krap!
Yeah baby!
Damn good.
Volume to the top
well turn it up, man!
Late Great Clarence White, finger pickin' goodness.
 4merdj wrote:
Holy Sh*t! This is truly timeless!! {#Devil_pimp}

 
{#Cheers}

fuckin' awesome too  : )
 jhorton wrote:
Do you think a young Tom Petty was listening to these guys?

 
From his start it was often pointed out that Tom Petty was heavily influenced by Roger McGuinn.
 dragon1952 wrote:

Absolutely....right down to the Rickenbacker. I think he styles himself after McGuinn quite a bit.

 
jhorton wrote:
Do you think a young Tom Petty was listening to these guys?

 
TP does a great version of this song on the Mudcrutch cd that he released back in 2008.  Word is that he is working on a new disc with Mudcrutch.
Yes, I'm liking this alot. I'm surprised that it's the Byrds.  But then I know sh*t. 7.
Great song, so-so version 
 jhorton wrote:
Do you think a young Tom Petty was listening to these guys?

 
and a young Jack White
 jhorton wrote:
Do you think a young Tom Petty was listening to these guys?

 
Absolutely....right down to the Rickenbacker. I think he styles himself after McGuinn quite a bit.
Thanks for bringing back the SPIRIT, and that leaf in the middle was love potion!
 
This is a different version than what's on my "Untitled". I used to have the vinyl, then got the CD and both had the same version. Is RP's version a digital download?
 
 Kahoona wrote:
One of my favorite Byrds albums. I bought it in a regular department store and it was just called "The Byrds". Guess I was lucky to get it now that it is unissued!

 
I have this at home somewhere, actually I know were.  Need to pull the old albums out to show my kids.  Of course I will have to check if there is anything in them.  

Dad what is this leafy stuff in the center?  {#Devil_pimp}
One of my favorite Byrds albums. I bought it in a regular department store and it was just called "The Byrds". Guess I was lucky to get it now that it is unissued!
Untitled, unissued, does it even exist? Do we even exist? WTF? Subcontext me suppose....
Wow, this is cool.
That's just about perfect...
ya baby
I think Dave Matthews channeled this one for 'Grave Digger'
You would never have heard this on AM radio back in the day!
 siskinbob wrote:
Wow !!!

 
Yeah, my thoughts exactly.  This is ripping!
Wow !!!
Need a digital version of this album.  Still have the vinyl at home with nothing to play it on.
Clarence White sure was awesome wasn't he?
Can't say I ever heard this or could peg it as the Byrds. A revelation. WTG RP!
 
this station is fabulous. that's all

still love it...
 
 kingart wrote:
One of THE great American groups. 
Roger McGuinn is touring on cruise lines now.
Gotta eat.
Wonder if he wows them with his 12 string Rickenbacker.  
Tom Petty called McGuinn a "great man."  They sure made some terrific music. 
Someone in here is trying to sound like Dylan. 
 
 
Saw Roger McGuinn at the Old Town School. Still rocks the Rick. I thought the same thing, very Dylanish. They were obviously fans. 
Hey that´s the first Tom Petty song I actually like. Only it´s the Byrds.
 Danimal174 wrote:
Considering it's forty years old, this song doesn't sound dated at all.
 
Well it does, but in a good way. I think anyone hearing it would peg it as being from the 1970s, so it's dated in that respect. But it's a great song that is enjoyable today.
One of THE great American groups. 
Roger McGuinn is touring on cruise lines now.
Gotta eat.
Wonder if he wows them with his 12 string Rickenbacker.  
Tom Petty called McGuinn a "great man."  They sure made some terrific music. 
Someone in here is trying to sound like Dylan. 
 
Why this song is not at least an "8"....I will never understand. Sweet!
Do you think a young Tom Petty was listening to these guys?
Wow. I have never ever heard this before. 
All hail Clarence White.
Nicely played, RP.  1970's Byrds' albums seem to always get neglected, but thankfully not here.
classic goodness!
Wow ! Never heard this befor
This song is one that was to be part of a modern retelling of Peer Gynt. The series of songs (which includes Chestnut Mare) were co-written by Roger McGuinn and Jacques Levy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Levy) who was Dylan's collaborator on Desire.

A few of the other songs have made their way onto Byrds or McGuinn's release.  I think it's a real shame the project never was completed.
With the way this one ends, it would segue really well into "Missionary Man" by the Eurythmics.
I just heard the phrase "I drink the blood from a rusty can"...these Cajuns are crazy
Never heard it before... I must say that for 1970 it holds up pretty well!
I'M A LOVER  OF THE BYRDS.
 bbryan wrote:
As close as the Byrds ever got to Lynyrd Skynyrd...
 
I would guess that Skynyrd was trying to be more like the Byrds then the other way around.

One of my fav Byrds tunes

 4merdj wrote:
Holy Sh*t! This is truly timeless!! {#Devil_pimp}
 
One of those artists who is larger by their influence than their own works.
I put Tom Waits and the Byrds as archetypes of the phenomenon.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Untitled_(The_Byrds_album)

No David Crosby on this album
From the album that contained the great song  Chestnut Mare 


 bbryan wrote:
As close as the Byrds ever got to Lynyrd Skynyrd...
 
Are they supposed to be?
As close as the Byrds ever got to Lynyrd Skynyrd...
                                  {#Meditate}
Nice, classic, good!
Holy Sh*t! This is truly timeless!! {#Devil_pimp}
this song is amazing... score another for Bill... swear this station has introduced me to AT LEAST 5,000 amazing songs I've never heard before
helgigermany wrote:
Thanks for the most unknown songs! They are often as good as the favorite ones!
 
{#Clap}My thoughts exactly.

I've always thought this was kind of an interesting lyric, a person's impression of something in popular culture that they really haven't looked closely at, but have a strong feeling about anyway. Like movie posters from Ghana.

For the record, no crocodiles on the bayou (only alligators), Gumbo is made in a pot and if you put catfish pie (WTF is that?) in your gris-gris bag, it's going to get all over your assembled good luck charms. But I've always liked this song.

Considering it's forty years old, this song doesn't sound dated at all.
 thediceareloaded wrote:
sounds like "Tweeter And The Monkey Man" by The Traveling Wilburys.....
 
Other way around...

sounds like "Tweeter And The Monkey Man" by The Traveling Wilburys.....
Thanks for the most unknown songs! They are often as good as the favorite ones!
mmmmmmm..NOT so much...
thought this was Patti Smith
Ahhh... twelve strings and the truth, or something like that! {#Cowboy}
 MinMan wrote:

Ouch - there a reason this Byrds track hasn't been on the playlist until now.

 
I was'a thinkin' the same thing... 
 lmic wrote:
Dylan much?
 
Yes, I do.

the mud on the crutch
Muy caliente. Can't believe just how good the production is.

Regarding If Only I Could Remember My Name, also beyond good.

 aurora1957 wrote:
This is from the bonus CD included now with the Untitled CD.
Hot stuff, ana?
{#Cowboy}
 


Dylan much?
 aurora1957 wrote:
This is from the bonus CD included now with the Untitled CD.
Hot stuff, ana?
{#Cowboy}
 

Thanks for straightening that out —— I was pretty sure that the original was the live version.

I see you've uploaded some stuff from If I Could Only Remember My Name, one of my "lost classics".  I've been meaning to upload I'd Swear There's Somebody There, which is unlike anything else I've ever heard.


This is from the bonus CD included now with the Untitled CD.
Hot stuff, ana?
{#Cowboy}
Honestly, I don't think I've ever heard this.....by The Byrds......I've heard Mudcrutch's version, but wasn't aware it was a remake until just now.

Ouch - there a reason this Byrds track hasn't been on the playlist until now.


The tune's an 8 but I don't think this is the Untitled version.
Great song. I can't believe I've never heard this before.
Fantastic addition.  I can't get enough of The Byrds!
beyond words!!!