Walk This Way

Album: Toys In The Attic (1975)
Charted: 10
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  • Now there's a backseat lover
    That's always undercover
    And I talk til my daddy say
    Said you ain't seen nuthin'
    Til you're down on her muffin
    And there's sure to be a change in ways
    Now there's a cheerleader
    That's a real big pleaser
    As far as I can reminisce
    But the best thing love it
    Was her sister and her cousin
    And it started with a little kiss, like this

    She starts swingin'
    With the boys in tune
    And her feet just fly up in the air
    Singin' hey diddle diddle with a kitty in the middle
    And they swingin' like it just don't care
    So I took a big chance
    At the high school dance
    With a lady who was ready to play
    It wasn't me she was foolin
    'Cause she knew what was she was doin'
    When she told me how to walk this way

    She told me to
    Walk this way!
    Talk this way!
    Walk this way!
    Talk this way!
    She told me to
    Walk this way!
    Talk this way!
    Walk this way!
    Talk this way!
    Well just gimme a kiss!
    Oooh, a-like this!

    School girl sleazy
    With a classy kind of sassy
    Little skirt hangin' way up her knee
    It was three young ladies
    In the school gym locker
    And they find they were lookin' at D
    I was high school loser
    Never made it with a lady
    Til a boy told me somethin' I missed
    That my next door neighbor
    Had a daughter had a favor
    And I gave the girl just a little kiss, like this

    She starts swingin' with the boys in the school
    With her feet flyin' up in the air
    Singing hey diddle diddle with a kitty in the middle
    I was swingin' like I didn't care
    So I took a big chance at the high school dance
    With a missy who was ready to play
    Wasn't me she was foolin' 'cause she knew what she was doin'
    When she told me how to walk this way

    She told me to
    Walk this way!
    Talk this way!
    Walk this way!
    Talk this way!
    She told me to
    Walk this way!
    Talk this way!
    Walk this way!
    Talk this way!
    Like this!

Comments: 55

  • George from Vancouver, CanadaHow many girls orovided him a threesome anyway? The cheerleader, the girl next door. . . & the girl at the dance. . .
  • Seventhmist from 7th Heaven"Hey Homer, you fell on Aerosmith!"
  • Chris from SomewhereActually, Steve, the song DID use a talk box. Listen right after each time Steven sings "Walk This Way", you can hear Joe using that thing.
  • Steve from South Central, FlThis song, for one, didn't use a talk box.
    Even if it did, it would be nowhere near the first hit using one.
  • Rockheadz from Scarsdale, NyKnowing someone who helped work on the album many moons ago, I can tell you that Joe didn't write the riff to Walk This Way. What is more, he didn't play the solo either. Word was that the record executives at Columbia were attempting to build America's answer to the Rolling Stones but the boys from Boston didn't necessarily have the chops so help was summoned at times.
  • Robert from Waltham, MaAnother case of Aerosmith didn't write this killer song but they get credit on the album just the same. One of the industries best kept secrets. Not forever though.
  • Randy C. from Yonkers, NyBy Joe? Please! Don't be so naive. These guys look rally cool, however, they sell records by having real songwriters and true musicians contribute to the facade.
  • Richard from Tustin, CaZack, VT, the guitar lick in this song is not even close to John's lick for Day Tripper. You may want to visit you ENT specialist. Ricky, CA
  • Phil from Leesburg, FlWhen I rode rockn rollercoaster, "dude looks like a lady" was playing.
  • Nick from Seattle, Albaniawtf theres a talk box in this? no......akward.
  • Katie from Reno, NvThis was the first Aerosmith song I learned all the words to and it took me a while to get the meanings of the lyrics I was singing. Amazing song none-the-less :D Though it does make me mad I waited 20 minutes for the video on this page to load just to see an Aerosmith album cover and hear the music playing, rather than the actual music video. -.-
  • Homer from Springfield, KyThis was the first Aerosmith song I'd ever heard. I heard it in that Simpsons episode with Flaming Moes. I didn't really get to them until I got Guitar Hero Aerosmith.I like when they do that whole rap/rock thing like in Sweet Emotion also. It really helped bridge that gap between rock and rap, or as I like to call it, poop. But of course that turned out to be a big mistake. Just ask 500 kids what their favorite band is and you'll see.
  • Oldpink from New Castle, InFilthy lyrics, and, oh yeah, it freakin' rocks!
  • T.j. from Southern Shores,ain't seen nothin till your down on a muffin. LMFAO!!!!
    I think the run DMc version is almost better than the original.
  • Caitlin from Upper Township, NjAn American classic, and a highschool tradition
  • Jay from Boston, MaI still am amazed that after all these years that the censors have not picked up that some of the dirtiest lines (especially from 30 years ago) ever recorded are still being played at family type events-SuperBowl halftime show, 4th of July with the Boston pops, etc. Much of today's music doesn't get played at special events because they just come out and use the words. Stevie Tyler disguised what he was singing about in a way that mainstream America are too dumb to figure out.
  • Mo from Austin, TxMarkus - this is so weird. I came on here for info on Walk this Way after it played on iPod and Day Tripper was playing when I read your post about it not sounding like Day Tripper. Not as weird as the inch-long nose hair I pulled out shortly before that, though :-D
  • Trogbob from San Diego, CaGordo - I can confirm your "Revolution X" theme idea. We have that game at an arcade here.
  • J.r. from No Where, OhI was raised with this song!
  • Julie from Taylor, TxGreat combination of rock and rap when combined with run DMC.
  • Markus from La, CaThere are single and album versions of this song. Easiest way to tell the difference is, for the single version, the first chorus is cut short....goes right into "Just gimme a kiss!" after two choruses.

    The riff to Walk This Way doesn't sound anything like Day Tripper IMO.

    Different key (E vs B) and completely different sequence of notes.
  • Dylan from Port Orange, FlBest ever Super Bowl halftime show. Bar none.
  • Copperhed from Jupiter, Flbest hi hat pump beat ever and the guitar to go along with it. great song
  • Brian from Altoona, Pai agree on the other good tracks on Toys. You See Me Crying is great as well.
  • Joey from Nowhere Land, Caall I know is that this is a VERY dirty song...and I'm going into high school next year...oh boy, it's gonna be scary
  • Haggai from Hobart, Australiathis song is the story of my life. i was a loser in high school, and i did loose my vplates to the hottie next door, and i've had the same experience in the school gym lockers
  • Fyodor from Denver, CoI thought all the hoopla over Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction was ironic considering that this song was sung at the Super Bowl halftime show just a year or two previous.
  • Gordon from Lake Havasu City, AzWalk this way is probably one of the funkiest rock songs ever. Joe Perry was really into James Brown and wanted to write something like his style. Aerosmith is my favorite band of all time, and I love the track, but I'm a sucker for the lesser known tracks on Toys In The Attic such as Uncle Salty, No More No More, and Adam's Apple. But how can I not mention that the same album also includes Big Ten Inch Record an Sweet Emotion, my favorite song ever? And excuse me Dan from NH, Aerosmith is not a take on the Rolling Stones. I may be crazy but if you take Steven Tyler and Mick Jagger and stand them next to each other, then or now, they look nothing alike. In my opinion, mind you.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScHe can make his eyes vibrate? I didn't know that was possible!!! Hahaha!!!
  • Novella from Houston, TxWeird fact- Tom can make his eyes vibrate.
  • Donni from Somewhere, WaNo one can cover this true classic as it orignally came out. Run DMC and Aerosmith doing this song together is great. It eliminates the boundries of not only rock and roll, but rap also. Breaking down the walls as the music video suggested. The cover Macy Gray did on this song was definately not her best work. The song doesn't sound right being sung by a girl...not at all.
  • Yikhkj from Bnb, Akthis is not the song featured on the Rockin' Roller Coaster, he true song is sweet emotion. get your facts right.
  • Charles from Bronxville, NyI graduated from Roosevelt H.S. in Yonkers about 4 years after Steve attended there. Working in the Bronxville Movie theater when we were showing Sgt. Peppers Loney Hearts Club Band - the only bearable part being Come Together performed by Aerosmith, Steve's mother and father came to a screening. She was wearing a gold necklace with the "A" with wings logo. I commented on the necklace and said "Oh, are you fan?" She smiled and said "Mommy". I asked her if this song was about his days at Roosevelt. She responded "So Steven tells me." I never looked at the locker room quite the same way.
  • Gordo from Lab City, CanadaI think this song was used on an Arcade game called "Revolution X" as the end theme.
  • Rikki from Ashtabula, OhOne of the greatest songs by America's greatest Rock bands! The riff is just so classic! When you hear the drum intro, you know its the song, and then the riff comes in. Awesome stuff!
  • Dan from Lee, NhAerosmith is a complete take on the Rollin Stones. If you think about it Steven Tyler=Mick Jagger, Joe Perry=Keith Richards, Tom Hamilton=Bill Wyman, Brad Whitford=Brian Jones, Mick Taylor, and Ron Wood, and Joey Kramer=Charlie Watts.
  • Marlow from Perth, Australiathe first song i remember ever been used as a sample (run dmc)
  • Keith from Millbrae, CaWonderful song - one of my all time favorites. It's sampled in the movie "The Replacements". ANyone know who does the cover?
  • Imran from Petaling Jaya, MalaysiaMy favourite song. Period.
  • Melissa from Duluth, MnThis song literally changed my life. Whenever I hear that riff I just go nuts. Also, it is very cool that Aerosmith rocked harder than ever after getting sober.
  • Ross from Independence, MoThis was #336 on Rolling Stone's list of 500 greatest songs ever.
  • Matt from Millbrae, Caone of the top 15 or 20 riffs of all time
  • Shawna from Phoenix, AzI saw the finalists performing this on "American Idol"... and the girls singing the line "you ain't seen nothin' till you're down on a muffin." It was so hilarious! (unintentionally, I'm sure)
  • Jimmu from Vineland, NjI think the funniest part of this song is the first line. "backstroke lover alwats hiding neath the covers". It's talking about masturbation, this song is amazing and is hysterical
  • Zack from Hinesburg, Vtthe main riff for this is the same as Day Tripper by the Beatles
  • Karl from Ferndale, WaThe lyrics didn't register with my when I was a college kid in the '70s, but how on earth did they ever get this song on the radio? The lyrics are very raunchy by 1970s standards. Did they play an edited version on the air? This is definitely something my roommate and I would have snickered at if we had noticed.
  • Sam from Champaign, IlThis was definitely not the first hit song to use a talkbox, as stated above. Peter Frampton's "Do You Feel Like We Do," which came out in 1973, used a talkbox extensively during the solo.
  • Shell from Riverdale, GaAs I once heard a rock singer say, "This is a rock-n-roll song to the N-th degree!" I saw Aerosmith half-a-dozen times in the 1990s, and quite a few other acts both big and small time, some on their way up and some on their way down, and for my money Aerosmith put on the best show. You always got your money's worth from the (former) Toxic Twins and the rest of the band.
  • Jonathan from Natchitoches, LaAppeared in Season 1 Episode 17 of Cold Case on CBS. The name of the episode is "The Lost Soul of Herman Lester."
  • Kenneth from New York, NyThe "black chick" is Macy Gray. It is quite possibly the most horrible cover I have ever heard. She disgraces this classic.
  • Charlie from Thomaston, Dchave any of you guys (or girls) seen that wierd commercial with the black chick in a blue suit singing kareoki (i don't know how to spell that, i know) disco cover of walk this way and shes dancing and its very creapy and its for a mp3 player?
  • Madison from Atlanta, Garight on for the great guitar riff by joe perry!
  • Brandon from Amherst, CanadaWhat a great song!!! Gets me rocking out everytime. Another great guitar riff by Joe Perry!!!
  • Joe from Oshawa, Canadagreat song!!!add some more damn comments . this song is so good it should have 1,000!
  • Brett from Moore, OkI can't believe that there aren't any comments for this great american classic. This is one the greatest songs of all time. God Bless Aerosmith!!
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