In Johnny Rogan's The Complete Guide to the Music of Neil Young
, Young is quoted saying that this song is his "own defensive reactions to criticisms of Tonight's The Night
and the seemingly endless flow of money coming from you people out there."
The criticisms he's referring to must have been the ones coming from record executives and other insiders, because Tonight's The Night
wasn't released until nearly a year after On The Beach
, but was recorded one year earlier.
In August 1973, Young played a two-day benefit show at Topanga Corral. Both nights, Young and Crazy Horse started and ended the show with "Walk On."
Young liked the concept and later incorporated it on the Tonight's The Night
album, opening and closing the album with two different performances of "Tonight's The Night
A version of "Walk On" was originally intended to be on Tonight's The Night
, but it had to be dropped (along with "Winterlong" and "Bad Fog," a still-unreleased song that Young feels is one of his best recordings) because it was "diluting" the album.