If I Walk Away

Album: Illuminations (2010)
  • This is one of six songs Groban wrote with Dan Wilson that appear on the Illuminations album - they were teamed up by the album's producer, Rick Rubin. Groban had the title, the verse melody and the chorus, where he pleads, "If I walk away, please follow me."
  • The song's co-writer Dan Wilson recorded a new version for his 2017 album Re-Covered. As part of the album, he wrote: "'If I Walk Away' sounds like an artistic journey. Hesitating artistically until someone gives you a clue, a direction:

    Lately I've been the quiet one
    Waiting, searching the lines of the songs you played for me


    Then heading off on that artistic journey:

    Sailing into the misty air
    Bound for I don't know where
    When we're there we'll see
  • The second verse came about after Dan Wilson asked, "What would Neil Diamond do?" Groban stated imitating Diamond, making up a song in his style. It was just a good, but when Groban sang what he made up in his own voice, it worked.
Please sign in or register to post comments.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Al KooperSongwriter Interviews

Kooper produced Lynyrd Skynyrd, played with Dylan and the Stones, and formed BS&T.

Laura NyroSongwriting Legends In Their Own Words

Laura Nyro talks about her complex, emotionally rich songwriting and how she supports women's culture through her art.

Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica)Songwriter Interviews

The former Metallica bassist talks about his first time writing a song with James Hetfield, and how a hand-me-down iPad has changed his songwriting.

Petula ClarkSongwriter Interviews

Petula talks about her hits "Downtown" and "Don't Sleep In The Subway," and explains her Michael Jackson connection.

He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss): A History Of Abuse PopSong Writing

Songs that seem to glorify violence against women are often misinterpreted - but not always.

Richard MarxSongwriter Interviews

Richard explains how Joe Walsh kickstarted his career, and why he chose Hazard, Nebraska for a hit.