She Don't Care About Time

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"She Don't Care About Time"
Cover artwork for the single, as used in Japan
Single by The Byrds
A-side "Turn! Turn! Turn!"
Released October 29, 1965
Format 7" Single
Recorded June 6, 1965, Columbia Studios, Hollywood, CA
Genre Folk rock
Length 2:29 (Single version)
2:35 (Original version)
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Gene Clark
Producer(s) Terry Melcher
The Byrds singles chronology
"All I Really Want To Do"
"Turn! Turn! Turn!"
"Set You Free This Time"
Cover art for a 2004 reissue, with "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"[1]

"She Don't Care About Time" is a song by American folk rock band The Byrds released in October 29, 1965 as the B-side of Turn! Turn! Turn!. The song was written by The Byrds' main songwriter between 1964 and early 1966, Gene Clark. "She Don't Care About Time" was recorded during the group's second album Turn! Turn! Turn!, which peaked at #17 on the Billboard Top LPs chart and went to #11 in the United Kingdom.[2][3] The song is on most of the band's hits compilations.[4]


Similar to the Byrds' first album, the majority of self penned compositions on "Turn! Turn! Turn!" were written by Gene Clark. At the height of Clark's first tenure with the Byrds, most of Clark's compositions (including "She Don't Care About Time") dealt with pain and romance. The composition's lyrics have been well cited for their complexity by many who have been affiliated with the group. In particular Johnny Rogan stated in his acclaimed and definitive biography Timeless Flight that the elaboration of the lyrics were in anticipation of Clark's later work and were a "fascinating apotheosis in which naturalistic detail and abstraction coalesced".[5] Musically, the recording featured guitar work inspired by Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring".[6][7] The Byrds' recording of Mr. Tambourine Man opens with a similar and distinctive, Bach-inspired guitar riff (appearing in the introduction) played by Jim McGuinn.[5] The alternative version that appears on the The Byrds box set contains a previously unreleased first recording of the song, with a much faster tempo with Clark performing a harmonica solo and McGuinn's guitar playing being more dissonant.[8][9] Other early versions have been known to feature the group's producer Terry Melcher, playing the piano.[9] Although the track was released as single it was ultimately left off the album, along with the Dylanesque "The Day Walk (Never Before)" (also written by Clark). "The Day Walk (Never Before)" was left to languish in the Columbia tape vaults for more than 20 years.[6]

McGuinn's guitar work on the track would later be championed by The Beatles' George Harrison, who latter took influence from the main riff of "The Bells of Rhymney" with the drumming from "She Don't Care About Time" on Harrison's own composition, "If I Needed Someone".[10] Upon the release of the Beatles' Rubber Soul album, the Byrds received a letter from Harrison to the group's publicist Derek Taylor, stating: "Tell Jim [McGuinn] and David [Crosby] that "If I Needed Someone" is the riff from "The Bells Of Rhymney" and the drumming from "She Don't Care About Time", or my impression of it".[10][11]


Since its release, "She Don't Care About Time" has been highly praised by fellow Byrd members. When asked about the recording, McGuinn stated "I love that song ('She Don't Care About Time'), I really do. I don't know why that never got on. That was for the Turn Turn Turn album, right? I think we had enough stuff already -- except that I'm not too happy with the last four cuts of that album."[12][13] David Crosby and Chris Hillman were also big advocates of song, praising its importance in many interviews since Clark's death.[14][15]

Music journalists and critics alike such as Matthew Greenwald have stated its "one of the early Byrds' finest records" and that the Bach-inspired guitar lines (from "Joy of Man's Desiring") "took the song to even greater heights".[7]


In addition to its appearance on The Byrds' second album as a bonus track, "She Don't Care About Time" also appears on several compilations, including The Original Singles: 1965–1967, Volume 1, The Essential Byrds, History of The Byrds, and the expanded and reissued edition of Never Before.[4] The song also makes its appearance on There Is a Season boxset, which comprises 99 tracks and includes material from every one of the band's twelve studio albums, presented in roughly chronological order.[16]

A Richie Furay and Carla Olson version is included on the Carla Olson 2013 album "Have Harmony, Will Travel" and features former Byrd John York on guitar and producer Richard Podolor on mandolin.


  1. ^ Popoff, Martin (2009), Goldmine Price Guide to 45 RPM Records (1st ed.), Krause Publications, p. 107, ISBN 0-89689-958-6 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel. (2002). Top Pop Albums 1955–2001. Record Research Inc. p. 121. ISBN 0-89820-147-0. 
  3. ^ Brown, Tony. (2000). The Complete Book of the British Charts. Omnibus Press. p. 130. ISBN 0-7119-7670-8. 
  4. ^ a b "She Don't Care About Time album appearances". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  5. ^ a b Rogan, Johnny (1998), The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited (2nd ed.), Rogan House, p. 205, ISBN 0-9529540-1-X 
  6. ^ a b Einarson, John. (2005). Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life and Legacy of the Byrds' Gene Clark. Backbeat Books. p. 88. ISBN 0-87930-793-5. 
  7. ^ a b "She Don't Care About Time review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  8. ^ Hyde, Bob. (1996). Never Before (CD liner notes). 
  9. ^ a b "Turn! Turn! Turn!". ByrdWatcher: A Field Guide to the Byrds of Los Angeles. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  10. ^ a b Rogan, Johnny (1998), The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited (2nd ed.), Rogan House, p. 223, ISBN 0-9529540-1-X 
  11. ^ MacDonald, Ian (2005). Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties (Second Revised ed.). London: Pimlico (Rand). ISBN 1-84413-828-3. 
  12. ^ "Interview with Roger McGuinn of the Byrds - February 1970". Vincent Flanders: His Personal Web Site. Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
  13. ^ Rogan, Johnny (1998), The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited (2nd ed.), Rogan House, pp. 144–148, ISBN 0-9529540-1-X 
  14. ^ "Interview with Chris Hillman of the Byrds - 2004". Byrds Lyrics Page. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  15. ^ "Interview with David Crosby of the Byrds - 2004". Byrds Lyrics Page. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  16. ^ "There Is a Season review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 

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