I Tried To Write A Byrds Song For You - about 1987/88 and most British indie bands at the time counted amongst their influences The Velvet Underground and The Byrds.This song came out of thinking about this time in Bristol, England, being in a band, having friends who were all in bands or artists and discovering new music. I met American band Choo Choo Train who later became Velvet Crush. Just a few years later, through Velvet Crush (Ric and Paul pictured) I discovered The Byrds beyond just the “greatest hits” and specifically got into the music of Gene Clark because of them. They probably don’t know that but it was really important, and very influential.
This song is me trying to evoke that time. I recorded a version with my friend Tim Rippington, my first solo recording, and Paul then added harmony vocals and terrific 12 string guitar.