Shapes Of Things
The Yardbirds
Shapes of things before my eyes
Just teach me to despise
Will time make men more wise?
Here within my lonely frame
My eyes just hurt my brain
But will it seem the same?
Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1966
  • peaked at No. 3 on the UK Singles chart in 1966
  • a non-album single
  • appears on the compilation LP, The Yardbirds Greatest Hits (1967)
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • "Shapes Of Things" is considered one of the Yardbirds’ signature songs, and one of its most covered
  • The Yardbirds:
         Keith Relf – lead vocals, harmonica
         Jeff Beck – lead guitar, backing vocals
         Chris Dreja – rhythm guitar
         Paul Samwell-Smith – bass, backing vocals
         Jim McCarty – drums, backing vocals, percussion
  • written by Paul Samwell-Smith, Keith Relf, Jim McCarty
  • drummer Jim McCarty: “‘Shapes Of Things’ was one of the best things we produced, because it was original and it had the talents of all the band in it, and everyone put in their best. It had great vocals and fantastic guitar sound and good lyrics - and it was an interesting song that encompassed everything from the band."
  • produced by Giorgio Gomelsky
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