My Back Pages Lyrics - The Byrds

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Crimson flames tied through my ears
Rollin' high and mighty trapped
Countless fire and 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 flights 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 I'd become my enemy
In the instant that I preached
Existence 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.





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The Byrds & Dylan-decipering the uncephireable | Reviewer: terryt | 12/5/13

I am 62 and have loved this song from the time it came out. I have never really looked up the lyrics but was able to understand a lot of the phrases after listening to it maybe over 1,000 times.
The reference to being "Younger than that now" just always made me think of the return to the innocence & idealism of my youth when I was in my teens listening to this song. How wonderful to be able to return to that innocence as we get older as opposed to becoming more cycnical. For me it meant how important it is to try and hold onto the innocence and idealism we all once felt

The only line that means any thing at all | Reviewer: Tim | 6/19/13

For the 'Baby Boomers', like me, who are now in our 60's, the only line that means anything at all, and should be the anthem of our generation is, "I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now"!

anyway | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/16/13

the wise and the older man realizes how little he can believe in the establishment's and the antiestablishment's doctrines. In his younger years he chose one to believe in. It made him feel mature and purposeful. Now he must unravel the lies which led to his misconceptions. So, in effect, he's much younger than that now.

Thanks to The Byrds and Bob Dylan for superior music and lyrics during the confusion.

And thanks to Sirius for the revival of some great memories.

My Back Pages | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/7/13

When Dylan was asked he said it was a protest song, protesting protest songs. Did he say that after the fact? I don't know. What I do know is that he made a lot of money from everyone covering his songs.

First Identify the problem then attempt a union of spirits to tweek life a little. | Reviewer: Vincent Perillo | 12/26/12

What happenned was that we had been living a lie about who was supporting our high level of ecomonice prosperity; that was the reason many people for the war in Viet Nam pushed to keep it going. Dylan's great masterpieces like my back pages; took people down a more real path to accepting that our's was not the only way. Living off of cheap material gained and protected by our soldiers, we needed these kinds of songs to prepare us for an awakening. Now, we see, that our standard of living does revolve around our neighbors and not some lie about who is God's favorite people

First Identify the problem then attempt a union of spirits to tweek life a little. | Reviewer: Vincent Perillo | 12/26/12

What happenned was that we had been living a lie about who was supporting our high level of ecomonice prosperity; that was the reason many people for the war in Viet Nam pushed to keep it going. Dylan's great masterpieces like my back pages; took people down a more real path to accepting that our's was not the only way. Living off of cheap material gained and protected by our soldiers, we needed these kinds of songs to prepare us for an awakening.

You decide | Reviewer: into the art | 11/17/12

I just went to Dali Museum. At first it looks like a jumble, but the more you look, the more you see. Very planned. Makes you think. You can try to figure out what the artist meant, or you can put your own meaning to it. This song is like that.

what mac thinks | Reviewer: mac | 8/4/12

great great song. These lyrics seem like stream of conciousness. maybe he has an overall message. But sounds like cool words to sing.
As for Dylan? Just another Jew in show biz writing protest songs. And the only thing they were really protesting is how jews dont like feeling like a "minority". The truth is there WAS NOTHING TO PROTEST. America was a paradise. Especially for the jew. Jews, historically, never had it as good as they did in the US. But, as usual, they have to screw it up for themselves. The 60s was a phenomenal catasrophe. they only thing that happened was the dismantling of civilization that only white Christians seem to be able to do. the Hollywood Jews with their pornography. The Jews in government that threw open the immigration doors and let all the hordes in. The Jews, mostly responsible for facilitating the American slave trade, constantly telling blacks have their own "culture" instead of doing whats right.

Back of My Back Pages | Reviewer: Du | 7/20/12

Growing up with this song I had no idea what the lyrics were or what they meant. Now that I approach 60, I think they talk about the certainty of knowing what is right, then the later recognition that being sure about the questions of life is always presumptive. Approaching life with the open mind of a youngster is the path that leads to better assessments.

MUSIC OF OUR TIME THE 60'S | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/3/12

THIS SONG HAS SO MANY MEANINGS TO DIGEST DEPENDING HOW YOUR LIFE WAS ADVERSELY AFFECTED WITH BEING CALLED TO SERVE IN AN UNPOPULAR WAR AS A KID YOU GREW UP FAST YET SO MUCH OF YOUR YOUTH WAS ROBBED FROM YOU. READING NEWS CLIPPINGS OF DERAD YOUNG MEN WHO HAD NO VOICE OR OPINION AT LEAST THAT NO ONE HEARD. THIS MUSIC GOT US THRU A LOT OF BAD TIMES. TAKE FROM IT WHAT YOU WILL; BUT THIS WAS ONE OF DYLANS BEST. SEMPER FI JOHN IN OHIO

Who Knows......Not Me ! | Reviewer: Phil Sluka | 6/25/12

I have been singing and performing this song for years and I still have no idea what it is about......what I do know is the song is very cool.......thank you Bob Dylan and Roger McGuinn

Mutiny from stern to bow | Reviewer: Patricia | 6/20/12

These were troubled times to be young. The draft; getting a Greeting and Salutation letter from your Uncle Sam the same week as a diploma. Gov. Reagan's "If they(UCBerkley) want a blood bath". The Weather Underground. Poetry readings.
Kent State. The Riots in so many cities. JFK; RFK; MLK. Communes. Gatherings. Marches. Locking elbows with complete strangers. The Apathy. Lifelong friends and their Senior Pictures showing up on the front page of the local paper, with where they died and when the services would be held.
"Deceived me into thinking I had something to protect.
Good and bad I define these terms, quit clear, no doubt -somehow.
Ah but I was so much older THEN, I'm younger than that now."
Guess you had to be there.

Waste Of Your Valuable Time....... | Reviewer: Bj Akers | 6/18/12

This song like "American Pie" is nothing more than empty rhetoric with little to no rhyme or poetry, random words thrown together to puzzle your mind, something that will consume a large portion of your life trying to decipher into literally anything you wanted it to mean. A waste of your valuable time.. The only thing worthy about this song is the music The Byrds did behind it. America is built on a tilt seems everything loose slides to California........


I Never thought.... | Reviewer: Ref. Desk. | 5/29/12

I never thought I'd appreciate ANY of the most hyped songs of His Bobness. The opening strains of (forgive me, Dear Dylan-heads) "Tambourine Man" could trigger reverse peristalsis. Quarter of C later, something I know not what (I gave up trying to remember the French) led me here. And I was wowed. Does this mean I'm younger now? RD

The danger of Certainty | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/14/10

War, slavery, crucifiction, mutiny, environmental degradation, murder. pride... all come from being certain of your superiority and/or righteousness. We need to be younger, more open, less "defensive" because defense often becomes offensive.


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