Everybody has been burned before
Everybody knows the pain
Anyone in this place
Can tell you to your face
Why you shouldn't try to love someone
Everybody know it never works
Everybody knows, and me
I know that door
That shuts just before
You get to the dream you see

I know all too well
How to turn, how to run
How to hide behind a bitter wall of blue
But you die inside if you choose to hide
So I guess instead I'll love you

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"Everybody's Been Burned" as written by David Van Cortlandt Crosby


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    General Commenttimeless.
    rosiekzon May 28, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningDave rarely does this song in public, if ever. I think it is too painful for him. I don't know how the Byrds ever got it out of him. It shows what great song writer he really is. Neil has nothing as good. It speaks of a love of his that died under mysterious circumstances back when the Byrds just got going.
    Sumflowon December 08, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI'm shocked that this song is credited to Crosby alone - with the "pie-slicing" that McGuinn mandated due to his desire for control in the Byrds, it got harder and harder for Crosby to get his songs out - that's one of the reasons for his unhappiness and eventual departure/firing -but this was so good that McGuinn couldn't touch it - the magnificent bass line by Hillman is truly as melodic as anything McCartney ever did, and McGuinn's solo is very sensitive - it captures Crosby's mood - the other comments here are dead-on correct
    rockboy52on February 20, 2015   Link

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