A slightly strange foray into bluegrass territory, “Mr. Spaceman” is nevertheless a fine record, and one of The Byrds most popular during the 1960s, although it has not dated as convincingly as many other items of the groups output from the period. Essentially a song about escape, the song is clearly influenced from the “hippie” movement of the late 1960s, and lines such as “Hey Mr. Spaceman/Won’t you please take me along” are clearly indebted to this late 60s time period. Although lyrically dated, therefore, “Mr. Spaceman” certainly has its charms – the melody is gorgeous and musically, it’s extremely competent. There’s certainly not another song in The Byrds’ catalogue quite like it, and it has a certain quirky charm that repays repeated listens.