The Byrds

Lady Friend

Composed by David Crosby

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“Lady Friend” is one of The Byrds’ most ambitious songs, and also one of their most successful, at least artistically. Written by David Crosby, coming to the end of his career in the group, “Lady Friend” is a wonderful, circular song which is typical of the writer’s best work and it’s refrain of “and I’ll have to live without her and survive” is common with much of Crosby’s best work. Musically, it’s clear the group’s debt to Indian music, but “Lady Friend” is not inaccessible – it’s simply eclectic. Musically, the song is faultless and if the lyric gets a little vague at times, it doesn’t diminish the song from its rightful place near the very height of the group’s canon.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Younger Than Yesterday 1967 BMG / Sony Music Entertainment 2:30
No Image 1973 CBS Records
Monterey International Pop Festival: June 16, 17, 18, 1967 197?
Various Artists
Salvo 2:46
No Image 1982 CBS Records
20 Essential Tracks from the Boxed Set: 1965-1990 1991 BMG / Sony Music Entertainment
Collection [Castle] 1992 Castle Music Ltd.
Definitive Collection 1995 Columbia 2:34
The Monterey International Pop Festival, June 16-17-18, 1967 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 2:45
Full Flyte (1965-1970) 1998 Raven
Ultimate Byrds 1998 Legacy / Columbia/Legacy 2:35
The Essential Byrds 2003 Columbia/Legacy 2:31
The Collection [Sony] 2004 Sony Music Distribution 2:34
There Is a Season 2006 Legacy / Columbia/Legacy / Sony BMG 2:33
Original Album Classics [2008] 2008 Columbia 2:34
The Complete Columbia Albums Collection 2011 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment 2:34
The  60s: The Byrds 2014 BMG / Sony Music Entertainment 2:32
No Image Sony Music Distribution 2:33
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