Walkin’ blues


2 essentials for walking: good tunes and good kicks

I started walking recently (goal = 5 miles/day) and I wanted a soundtrack. So here is the lightly curated list of all the songs in my collection with “walk” in the title. For Glen, the obscure Bob Dylan song is sung by Clapton, because I can’t find/don’t have a version of Bob singing “Walk out in the rain”.

Also, apparently Fats Domino had a thing for walking. And if you don’t already have a copy of the Goin’Home: A Tribute To Fats Domino; go ahead and get it.

Walking Devotion Anne McCue
Walk Away Renee Billy Bragg
Long Walk Home Bruce Springsteen
Walkaways Counting Crows
Walk Of Life Dire Straits
No More Walks In The Wood The Eagles
Walkin’ In Jerusalem Eddie From Ohio
Walk out in the Rain Eric Clapton
Walking Wounded Everything But The Girl
Walk Away Franz Ferdinand Walk
Where He Walked Golden Smog
Brother, don’t you walk away The Hooters
Walk Your Valley Indigo Girls
All Walks Of Life The James Cotton Blues Band
Walk Away James Gang
Walking Man James Taylor
She Walks In So Many Ways The Jayhawks
A Long Walk Jill Scott
Taking a Walk John Prine
I Walk The Line Johnny Cash
Walking Away Jonny Lang
Walk On the Wild Side Lou Reed
Walk On Lucinda Williams
Sidewalks Of The City Lucinda Williams
Walking Through Fire Mary Chapin Carpenter
Why Walk When You Can Fly Mary Chapin Carpenter
Walking On Water Melissa Etheridge
Sec Walkin My Morning Jacket
Walk Off The National
Walking To New Orleans Neil Young (on Goin’ Home: A Tribute To Fats Domino)
Walk Like A Giant Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Walkin’ After Midnight Patsy Cline
Walking Dream Patsy Cline
I Want To Walk You Home Paul McCartney (on Goin’ Home: A Tribute To Fats Domino) Angels Walk Paul Westerberg
Walking On The Moon The Police
Walkin’ Blues R.L. Burnside Walkin’ Blues Robert Johnson
Walkin’ Blues Robert Lockwood, Jr.
Take A Little Walk With Me Robert Lockwood, Jr.
Walk This Way Run-DMC Joe Perry and Steven Tyler
Tina Toledo’s Street Walkin’ Blues Ryan Adams
Cakewalk Into Town Taj Mahal
In Walked Bud Thelonious Monk
Walk on the Ocean Toad the wet sprocket
I’m Walkin’ Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers (on Goin’ Home: A Tribute To Fats Domino)
Walk Away Tom Waits
Walken Wilco

[If someone else can figure out how to turn the .m3u file from iTunes into a public playlist, let me know. I tried dumping it into Spotify, but no luck.]

5 Responses to “Walkin’ blues”

  1. 1 Glen Worthey (@gworthey) August 26, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Wow, Chris – now that is one obscure Dylan tune! Hadn’t ever heard it, nor even heard of it before. (Good thing I feel secure in my totally unearned Dylan cred with you, otherwise I’d be bummed….)

    But some intense research (requiring not only Wikipedia, but also all of Google) reveals that he co-wrote “Walk Out In the Rain” with Helena Springs, who sang backup for him for a few important years (’78-’79), even crossing Dylan’s born-again rubicon with him. He apparently recorded this song once, in the “Street Legal” sessions, but never released it, and it’s not even listed in his official catalog. There are reports of a bootleg having circulated, but only in one 1981 source; none since. No wonder you don’t have it.

    Helena has an interesting and sad history herself, backing up not only Dylan but also Elton John and Bette Midler. On the horrid, torrid side: a truly awful-sounding relationship with Robert DeNiro; on the mysterious, need-to-know-more side: she co-wrote 18 songs with Dylan! These obviously need to be looked into, right?

    But there is a lovely, jaunty, very early, but easily-found walkin’ blues by Dylan (from 1963) that you’re missing — “Walkin’ Down the Line” — so of course I’ll hook you up. You’ll like it. And just to prove that you really, really need it for your excellent playlist, here’s the last verse:

    I got my walkin’ shoes
    I got my walkin’ shoes
    I got my walkin’ shoes
    An’ I ain’t a-gonna lose
    I believe I got the walkin’ blues

    P.S. Keep up the good walkin’. 5 miles a day is serious!


  2. 2 southwerk August 22, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Bachman Turner Overdrive – Roll On Down The Highway – Lyrics Below – YouTube

    How about this one?
    James Pilant – Pilant’s Business Ethics


  3. 3 lisahubbell August 19, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Deb Talan, Tell Your Story Walking


  4. 4 Eleanor Cook August 19, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Thanks for this!


  5. 5 Katherine Kott August 19, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Great list. One suggested addition: Just a closer walk with thee. Maybe not the blues strictly speaking. Lots of great versions out there…


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