Let's WalkYou can download a PDF of the guitar tab or musical score.
BackgroundLet's Walk was the first complete song I wrote, sometime in late 1985. It started as some instrumental takes based upon a simple riff.
The first sketch had nothing but the riff, and lacked charm. It sounds like something they'd play to get you excited about a Sunday of football on NBC. YEAH!!!
The second sketch showed incredible improvement, and the song now has several parts. A 1/4/5-ey part under the riff has been enriched by a jaunty bassline and would eventually become the chorus/intro/outro. An unusual part with sliding bar chords and a different bassline would become the verse. A key change a half step up into walking bassline returns effortlessly. A dreamy part with shimmering guitars a la "If I Needed Someone" would become an intro to the choruses, and an Allman Brothers-like figure with two guitars playing against the bass, and a final fade-out after a false ending. POW! More than enough for a song. It still had no lyrics, but it's amazing that such progress occurred during a time where I'd write only two more songs in the next twenty years.
Lyrics did follow, and apart from a few gems, they were not very elegant until the third verse. "Take my hand and trust your trouble to me?" Iffy, and only rescued by the "spring is in my feet" line that follows. I liked the overall sense of movement and the walking bassline had brought me a nice title: Let's Walk.
I restructured the sequence and repetition to give me three verses and a bridge and then repeats the first verse before the playout. I never liked that the song's verses are over just halfway through the song, and the song would prove to be much longer than the format I grew comfortable with later. It's also a little too reliant on a triplet vibe.
The lyrics wound up like so:
Take my hand and trust your troubles to me
RecordingI did not consider myself a singer back in 1986, and so I asked my friend Hearn Cho to sing it. Mark Glickman gamely added a back-up vocal. Somehow, the repeated first verse does not appear in these recordings. alternate ending
Performance and evolutionI seldom perform this one, as it really wants a band treatment. The excitement of the bridge become a boring morass of bar chords when played solo.