You Don’t Miss Your Water – The Byrds (1968)

You Don’t Miss Your Water – The Byrds (1968) FLAC Remaster Audio 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“You Don’t Miss Your Water” was released on The Byrds’ sixth studio album, Sweetheart of the Rodeo , in August 1968. The Byrds also recorded a version with Gram on lead, but I think Roger McGuinn really soared on this tune!

This album is not only my favorite by The Byrds, it’s one of my Top 25 All-Time. I’ve already done a full video for “Hickory Wind” and updated it twice! 😉 but I wanted to do equalizer vids for a couple more of the tunes I like the most. Actually, it’s very hard to choose favorites, but I really love this tune. I think this FLAC version taken from the Deluxe Edition (also used for the last “Hickory Wind” video) has the greatest sound.

Recorded with the addition of country rock pioneer Gram Parsons, it was influential as the first major country rock album by an established act and represented a stylistic move away from the psychedelic rock of the band’s previous LP, The Notorious Byrd Brothers. The Byrds had occasionally experimented with country music on their four previous albums, but Sweetheart of the Rodeo represented their fullest immersion into the genre thus far. The album was also responsible for bringing Gram Parsons, who had joined the Byrds prior to the recording of the album, to the attention of a mainstream rock audience for the first time. Thus, the album can be seen as an important chapter in Parsons’ personal and musical crusade to make country music fashionable for a young audience.

The album was initially conceived as a musical history of 20th century American popular music, encompassing examples of country music, jazz and rhythm and blues, among other genres. However, steered by the passion of the little-known Parsons, who had only joined the Byrds in February 1968, this proposed concept was abandoned early on and the album instead became purely a country record. The recording of the album was divided between sessions in Nashville and Los Angeles, with contributions from several notable session musicians, including Lloyd Green, John Hartford, JayDee Maness and Clarence White. Tension developed between Parsons and the rest of the band, guitarist Roger McGuinn especially, with some of Parsons’ vocals being re-recorded, partly due to legal complications, and by the time the album was released in August, Parsons had left the band. The Byrds’ move away from rock and pop towards country music elicited a great deal of resistance and hostility from the ultra-conservative Nashville country music establishment who viewed the Byrds as a group of long-haired hippies attempting to subvert country music.

Upon its release, the album reached #77 on the Billboard Top LPs chart, but failed to reach the charts in the United Kingdom. Two attendant singles were released during 1968, “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”, which achieved modest success, and “I Am a Pilgrim”, which failed to chart. The album received mostly positive reviews in the music press, but the band’s shift away from psychedelic music alienated much of its pop audience. Despite being the most commercially unsuccessful Byrds’ album to date upon its initial release, Sweetheart of the Rodeo is today considered to be a seminal and highly influential country rock album.

[Lyrics]
In the beginning
You really loved me, oh
I was too blind
I could not see, now

But now that you left me
Ooh, how I cried out, I keep crying
You don’t miss your water
‘Till your well runs dry

I kept you crying
Sad and blue, oh my, oh
I was a playboy
I just wouldn’t be true

But now that you left me
Good lord, how I cried, I keep crying, I keep crying
Ooh, I didn’t miss my water
No I never missed my water
‘Till my well were run dry

I sit here and wonder
How in the world this could be, my, oh my
I never thought, oh, I never thought
You’d ever leave me

But now that you left me
Good lord, good lord, how I cried
You don’t miss your water, you don’t miss your water
‘Till your well runs dry

Ooh, you don’t miss your water, oh, you don’t miss your water
‘Till your well runs dry
I miss my water
I keep missing my water
I keep missing my water
And I want my water
I need my water
I love my water
And I want my water
And I’m little thirsty, now
And I’m little thirsty, now
I want my water
I keep wanting my water

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