David Kronemyer

Everybody’s Been Burned

March 13th, 2009 by David Kronemyer · 3 Comments

DAVID KRONEMYER: “Everybody’s Been Burned” is a great David Crosby song recorded by one of my all-time favorite bands The Byrds. No doubt but that the early proto-psychedelic Byrds are the best and “Burned” illustrates some of the reasons why – crystal-clear guitars, jazzy chord changes and a wistful melancholic summer-hazy feel. Unfortunately the song as recorded is off tempo by the second measure, the guitars lose intonation and the 12-string solo is one of the most limp ever recorded. I asked Roger McGuinn about this one day and he said it was because the song meandered and Crosby didn’t have a clear stylistic vision for it. I asked Crosby to comment on this and he said McGuinn was unable to play the solo properly and couldn’t understand where he was coming from. These matters notwithstanding I decided the song could use a make-over so here it is – a great song by one of the greatest bands ever.