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Walk On by Neil Young

Album: On The BeachReleased: 1974Charted:
  • Young wrote this in response to Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama," in which Young is told, "Southern man don't need him around anyhow." "Walk On" wasn't so much directed at the guys from Skynyrd (their feud was more good-natured than most people realize), but more towards the few southerners who felt some animosity towards Young for calling them on their inability to comply with the changing standards during the civil rights era. >>
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    Will - Happy Valley, UT
  • This song functions as a wistful ode to how life never stops changing, so you might as well accept it and walk on (rather than dwell on small things like the hostile southerners). It's characteristic of the melancholy and pessimism that permeated Neil's work around that time, particularly On the Beach.
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Comments: 5

Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real adopted their band name and early philosophy from this song when they formed in 2008. Kind of cool that they are backing Neil on his current tour.Tim - California
great song!sometimes i feel neil's lyrics are deep, other times i feel they dont mean anything.great song nonetheless!Nikhil - Mumbai, India
I thought this song was about how much hated the
critics and how wrongly they judged him. And doing this over a catchy melody. Beautiful.
Sam - South Kingston, Ri
In the (un)authorized biography, Shakey, Neil actually discusses this song. It isn't about Lynyrd Skynyrd, it's about Buffalo Springfield, written not long after he had left them at a critical point in their career causing much bad feeling. The book is called Shakey: Neil Young's Biography by Jimmy McDonough.David - , Ca
I've read this interpretation before, but I wonder if it's based on anything Neil has said about it or is it just speculation? I've also read that it's an answer to music critics. I think it's about former friends and/or bandmates, myself. I imagine the chorus is Neil responding to his wife suggesting that he go and talk to these old friends who have turned against him but he nixes the idea, preferring to Walk On.Fyodor - Denver, Co
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