The Yardbirds' first recording while in the U.S. (while on tour), "You're a Better Man Than I" was originally written by the band Manfred Mann. The song was the Yardbirds' first of several stabs at a contemporary folk-rock type of song, and this recording succeeds without compromising the band's dark, threatening lyrics. The lyrics are striking, taking accurate aim at the hypocrites of society and politics, and the fact that men cannot judge each other, despite race, creed, or religion. Even the Vietnam War rears its head in the subject matter here, making this one of the most progressive songs of its era. A minor-key, folksy melody carries the song along, while Jeff Beck's sinewy electric guitar solo is the most identifiable ingredient in the brilliant arrangement. Yet the recording also shows singer Keith Relf's ability to sing a ballad quite well, making this one of the band's most balanced recordings of the period.