One of the great lesser known Gerry Goffin and Carol King songs, “Wasn’t Born To Follow” is a magnificent amalgamation of rather “hippie” sentiment and country song writing. Sung by Roger McGuinn, the song is a lovely moment in The Notorious Byrd Brothers, and it reflects the group’s more rural influence which has dated far less than their more psychedelic leanings. The lyrics are tremendous, commenting on the need for escape and independence. The Byrds play the song with supreme modesty, but not because they feel the song is rather too straightforward – rather because they recognise the beauty of the purest forms of American music. “Wasn’t Born To Follow” is certainly in that tradition.