While it was on their second album of 1968, Sweetheart of the Rodeo, that the Byrds dove headfirst into the sound and feeling of classic country music, The Notorious Byrd Brothers, released earlier the same year, made it clear that the Nashville sound had captured the band's ear, and "Goin' Back," the album's second track, was an unlikely but potent example of the band's growing enthusiasm for C&W. Written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, "Goin' Back" marked a growing intelligence and sophistication from one of the best (and best known) songwriting teams of the Brill Building era, as they sang of "goin' back to the things I learned so well in my youth," shucking off the cynicism of adulthood to embrace the open mind and open heart of childhood. The Byrds seemed to understand that the song's wistful longing for the simplicity of the past suggested the attitude of many classic country tunes, and the song's graceful, deceptively simple melody line lent itself to a countrified approach. Consequently, the Byrds' arrangement strikes a middle ground between country and pop, with the twinkling keyboards and polished harmonies standing beside an understated pedal steel guitar and the folkie chime of Roger McGuinn's 12-string guitar solos. If "Goin' Back" wasn't exactly a country song in the Byrds' hands, it certainly proved the band had been paying attention to some of the more progressive Nashville artists of the day, and makes clear that Sweetheart of the Rodeo wasn't entirely Gram Parsons' doing. A number of other artists also recorded notable versions of "Goin' Back"; Dusty Springfield's lovely version of the tune followed up her first international hit, "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," Nils Lofgrin used the song to close out his first solo album, and noted Byrds fan Richard Thompson cut the song as a B-side for his single "Easy There, Steady Now."