The Byrds

You Showed Me

Composed by Gene Clark / Roger McGuinn

Song Review by

One of the earliest Byrds songs, "You Showed Me" was an auspicious beginning. A minor-key romantic ballad, the song has a near-Beach Boys feel and ends up being an effervescent piece of moody pop. Although this fine song was left off the Byrds' debut album (no doubt to make room for more Dylan covers), it is available on Preflyte (or In the Beginning on Rhino). The Turtles did a fabulous, slowed-down cover of the song, which was a huge hit in 1969, at the end of their career. Furthermore, U2 sampled the Turtles' version for the hook on "Playboy Mansion" in the late '90s, providing the writers with another, unexpected royalty windfall.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
In the Beginning 1988 Rhino 1:52
Preflyte 2001 Poptones (UK)
Acoustic, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
Import 2:03
Set You Free: Gene Clark in the Byrds 1964-1973 2004 Raven 1:51
There Is a Season 2006 Legacy / Columbia/Legacy / Sony BMG 2:04
60's Transition 2007
Various Artists
Sierra 2:02
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