The Byrds

I Wanna Grow up to Be a Politician

Composed by Jacques Levy / Roger McGuinn

Song Review by

Yet another novelty song from the uneven Byrdmaniax album, "I Wanna Grow Up to Be a Politician" fares better than some of the other songs of its ilk on the record. Lampooning the arena of politics, this campaign speech set to music is actually filled with irony, and the old-time, almost ragtime feel in the recording conveys the lyrical stance perfectly. A somewhat over-baked arrangement hinders the recording; yet, in the end, the song has dated somewhat well.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Byrdmaniax 1971 CBS Records
The Best of the Byrds: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 1972 Columbia 2:06
20 Essential Tracks from the Boxed Set: 1965-1990 1991 Columbia/Legacy 2:02
Definitive Collection 1995 Sony Music Distribution 2:04
Ultimate Byrds 1998 Legacy / Columbia/Legacy 2:01
12 Dimensions: 1965-1972 2002 Columbia
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