1964 Warner BrosBo♭. InDc Renewed 1992 Special Rider Music [This is The Byrds' arrangement. Lyrics provided by Roger McGuinn in a post from alt.music.byrds. Comments in brackets by the cureent poster.]Standard guitar tuning:EADGBENo capo
E Esus4ECrimson C♯mflames tied A♭mthrough my ears Rollin' Ahigh and Bmighty Etraps EPounced with C♯mfire on A♭mflaming roads Using Aideas as myB maps "We'll C♯mmeet on edges, A♭msoon," said I AProud 'neath heated Bbrow. Ah, but EI was so much Aolder Ethen, I'm yAounger Bthan that Enow. Half-wracked prejudice leaped forth "Rip down all hate," I screamed Lies that life is black and white Spoke from my skull. I dreamed Romantic facts [flanks] of musketeers Foundationed deep, somehow. Ah, but I was so much older then, bI'm younger than that now. [The next two verses were left out by The Byrds] Girls' faces formed the forward path From phony jealousy To memorizing politics Of ancient history Flung down by corpse evangelists Unthought of, though, somehow. Ah, but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now. A self-ordained professor's tongue Too serious to fool Spouted out that liberty Is just equality in school "Equality," I spoke the word As if a wedding vow. Ah, but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now. [The Byrds pick it up here] In a soldier's stance, I aimed my hand At the mongrel dogs who teach Fearing not that I'd become my enemy In the instant that I preach My pathway led [Sisters fled] by confusion boats Mutiny from stern to bow. Ah, but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now. [12-string guitar solo followed by the refrain] Yes, my guard stood hard when abstract threats Too noble to neglect Deceived me into thinking I had something to protect Good and bad, I define these terms Quite clear, no doubt, somehow. Ah, but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.