The Byrds “Eight Miles High” was actually a protest song about an ill-fated tour of England. Written by Gene Clark, Jim (Roger) McGuinn and David Crosby, It peaked at number-14 on the Billboard Hot 100. It became one of The Byrds’ signature songs. Frontman Roger McGuinn explains what inspired it.
“’Eight Miles High’ was a song we wrote after coming back from an ill-fated tour to England. It was out first trip to England and we were real excited about going over there and we met The Beatles and everything, but I got the flu and we weren’t performing very well and the press was very caustic and tore us to ribbons. And we were young kids and we didn’t know how to take it and roll with it. So we got upset and we came back and wrote ‘Eight Miles High’ as kind of a protest of that tour to England. That’s what it was all about.”