The Byrds

You Ain't Going Nowhere

Composed by Bob Dylan

Song Review by

Although their version of “Mr. Tambourine Man” is vastly more famous, “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” is arguably The Byrds’ finest interpretation of a Bob Dylan song. Taken at a faster pace than Dylan’s Basement Tapes original, the song is embellished by some terrific pedal steel playing and beautiful country harmonies. Indeed, the song has an off-the-cuff appeal to it that always lies behind’s The Byrd’s best work, even McGuinn gets the vocal wrong at one stage, prompting Dylan himself to sing “Pick up your money, pack up your tent McGuinn” when he re-recorded the song himself in 1971.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Sweetheart of the Rodeo 1968 Columbia / Legacy 2:38
Easy Rider 1969
Original Soundtrack
Universal Music 2:34
Untitled 1970 Columbia
The Best of the Byrds: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 1972 Columbia 2:38
The Byrds 1973 Flashback Records / SOI
No Image 1973 CBS Records
X2: Mr. Tambourine Man/Sweetheart of the Rodeo 1975 Legacy 2:38
No Image 1978 Excitable 4:27
No Image 1982 CBS Records
No Image 1990 Discarios
No Image 1992 Sony Music Distribution
The Byrds Play Dylan [1995] 1995 TriStar Music
Hillbilly Fever, Vol. 5: Legends of Country Rock 1995
Various Artists
Heroes of Country Music, Vol. 5: Legends of Country Rock 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / Rhino/Warner Bros.
Expanded Edition Album Sampler, Vol. 2 1997 Columbia 2:33
Full Flyte (1965-1970) 1998 Raven 2:34
Ultimate Byrds 1998 Legacy / Columbia/Legacy 2:33
The Byrds Play the Songs of Bob Dylan [European Import] 2001 Columbia 2:35
The Byrds Play Dylan [2001] 2001 Columbia/Legacy 2:34
The Essential Byrds 2003 Columbia/Legacy 2:35
The Collection [Sony] 2004 Sony Music Distribution 2:35
Very Best of the Byrds [2006] 2006 Columbia 2:33
Sweetheart of the Rodeo/Live at the Fillmore 2006 Sony BMG
Collection [BMG/Camden] 2007 Sony Music Distribution 2:34
Live at Royal Albert Hall 1971 2008 Sundazed 2:47
The Byrds Play Dylan: Collections 2008 Sony BMG 2:35
Greatest Hits [Steel Box Collection] 2009 Sony Music Distribution
The Complete Columbia Albums Collection 2011 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment 2:38
Original Album Classics [2012] 2012 Columbia / Sony Music
100 Hits: Acoustic 2014
Various Artists
100 Hits 2:34
Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels: The Blissed-Out Birth of Country Rock, Vol. 1: 1966-1968 2014
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:36
Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City 2015
Various Artists
Legacy / Sony Music 2:34
The Boston Tea Party 2016 Iconography 2:59
1968: A Time To Remember The Classic Years
Various Artists
Tabak 2:36
No Image Sony Music Distribution 2:36
Music 68
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:35
The  1978 Reunion Concert Live On Vinyl
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