This jazzy song is a cautionary tale about the side of the Sixties involved with drugs — and LSD, in particular. The song was released as single in 1969 as the B-Side to “Laughing.” It was also on their the album Canned Wheat by The Guess Who. It went to #21 on the Canadian Singles Chart, #15 on the U.S> Adult Contemporary Chart, and #22 on the Billboard Hot 100. Randy Bachman, who was lead guitarist of the group, wrote the song. Inspiration came from the phrase “she was easily undone” in Bob Dylan’s “Ballad in Plain D” and from witnessing a girl at party go into a coma after taking LSD. Such were the times.
The Guess Who formed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, beginning in 1958. They have a long history, as there were a number of configurations, names, and members. By 1968, they dropped the question mark at the end of The Guess Who. For this track, group members were Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings, Jim Kale, and Garry Peterson. The Guess Who had other hits with “No Time,” “American Woman, “These Eyes,” and “Share the Land.”