Song of the Week: “Eight Miles High” by The Byrds

by Douglas Cowie on 8 June 2018

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Eight Miles High” by The Byrds:


My favorite album by The Byrds is Sweetheart of the Rodeo because I love all that country twang and Gram Parsons, and when I first heard it back in the mid 1990s it opened my ears to sounds I hadn’t really listened to very hard before.  But sometimes you really want full-blown psychedelic excitement, and “Eight Miles High” gives you exactly that, as close to perfection as is reasonable to ask for. Here’s an almost ten-minute live version from 1970.

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