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“Backstroke lover
always hidin’ ‘neath the covers
‘til I talked to your daddy, he say

He said, – You ain’t seen nothin’
‘til you’re down on a muffin
then you’re sure to be a-changin’ your ways –

I met a cheerleader
was a real young bleeder
oh, the times I could reminisce

‘Cause the best things of lovin’
with her sister and her cousin
only started with a little kiss
like this!

Seesaw swingin’ with the boys in the school
and your feet flyin’ up in the air
singing, “Hey diddle diddle”
with your kitty in the middle
of the swing like you 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’
and I knowed love was here to stay
when she told me to…

Walk this way, walk this way
walk this way, walk this way
walk this way, walk this way
walk this way, walk this way
just gimme a kiss
like this!

Schoolgirl sweetie with a classy kinda sassy
little skirt’s climbin’ way up the knee
there was three young ladies in the school gym locker
when I noticed they was lookin’ at me

I was a high school loser, never made it with a lady
‘til the boys told me somethin’ I missed
then my next door neighbor with a daughter had a favor
so I gave her just a little kiss
like this!

Seesaw swingin’ with the boys in the school
and your feet flyin’ up in the air
singing, – hey diddle diddle –
with your kitty in the middle
of the swing like you 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, walk this way
walk this way, walk this way
walk this way, walk this way
walk this way, walk this way
just gimme a kiss
like this!”.

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Aerosmith, Walk this way – 3:40
(Steven Tyler, Joe Perry)
Album: Toys in the attic (1975)
Singolo: “Walk this way / Round and round” (1975)
Singolo: “Walk this way / Uncle Salty” (1976, re-release)

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Citazioni.

Walk This Way è una canzone della rock band statunitense degli Aerosmith, forse tra le più celebri del quintetto di Boston. Questa canzone si ispira a una scena di Frankenstein Junior in cui Igor dice «segua i miei passi» (in originale “walk this way“) ed è il secondo singolo estratto dall’album Toys in the Attic del 1975; raggiunse il decimo posto di Billboard nel 1977. Composta da Steven Tyler e Joe Perry, il brano fu riproposto nel 1986 dal gruppo rap dei Run DMC con la collaborazione degli stessi Aerosmith. Questa versione con i Run DMC raggiunse la quarta posizione di Billboard e permise agli Aerosmith di ritornare in auge. Inoltre, questa collaborazione tra un gruppo hard & heavy ed uno hip hop, pose le basi per il genere ibrido rap metal, che in seguito si sviluppò per poi esplodere negli anni novanta. Nel 1999 MTV include Walk This Way tra i 100 più grandi video mai realizzati (esattamente al quinto posto). L’ormai famosissimo riff di Joe era venuto fuori per caso durante un soundcheck, con Joey che gli suonava sopra con la batteria. Nel 1989 la rock-band statunitense Bon Jovi cantò questa canzone con Steven Tyler e Joe Perry a Milton Keynes”.

(Wikipedia, voce Walk This Way)

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Walk This Way is a song by the American hard rock band Aerosmith. Written by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, the song was originally released as the second single from the 1975 album Toys in the Attic. It peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1977, part of a string of successful hit singles for the band in the 1970s. In addition to being one of the songs that helped break Aerosmith into the mainstream in the 1970s, it also helped revitalize their career in the 1980s when it was covered by rappers Run–D.M.C. on their 1986 album Raising Hell. This cover was a touchstone for the new musical subgenre of rap rock, or the melding of rock and hip hop. It became an international hit and won both groups a Soul Train Music Award for Best Rap – Single in 1987.
The song starts out with a two measure drum beat intro by Joey Kramer, followed by the well known guitar riff by Joe Perry. The song proceeds with the main riff made famous by Perry and Brad Whitford on guitar with Tom Hamilton on bass. The song continues with rapid fire lyrics by Steven Tyler. In December 1974, Aerosmith opened for The Guess Who in Honolulu. During the sound check, guitarist Joe Perry was “fooling around with riffs and thinking about The Meters,” a group guitarist Jeff Beck had turned him on to. Loving “their riffy New Orleans funk, especially ‘Cissy Strut‘ and ‘People Say‘”, he asked the drummer “to lay down something flat with a groove on the drums.” The guitar riff to what would become “Walk This Way” just “came off [his] hands”. Needing a bridge, he played another riff and went there. But I didn’t want the song to have a typical, boring 1, 4, 5 chord progression. After playing the first riff in the key of C, I shifted to E before returning to C for the verse and chorus. By the end of the sound check, I had the basics of a song. When bandmate Steven Tyler heard Perry playing that riff he “ran out and sat behind the drums and [they] jammed.” Tyler scatted “nonsensical words initially to feel where the lyrics should go before adding them later.” When the group was halfway through recording Toys in the Attic in early 1975 at Record Plant in New York City, they found themselves stuck for material. They had written three or four songs for the album, having “to write the rest in the studio.” They decided to give the song Perry had come up with in Hawaii a try, but it did not have lyrics or a title yet. Deciding to take a break from recording, band members and producer Jack [Douglas] went down to Times Square to see Mel BrooksYoung Frankenstein. Returning to the studio, they were laughing about Marty Feldman telling Gene Wilder to follow him in the film, saying “walk this way” and limping. Douglas suggested this as a title for their song. But they still needed lyrics.
At the hotel that night Tyler wrote lyrics for the song, but left them in the cab on the way to the studio next morning. He says: “I must have been stoned. All the blood drained out of my face, but no one believed me. They thought I never got around to writing them.” Upset, he took a cassette tape with the instrumental track we had recorded and a portable tape player with headphones and “disappeared into the stairwell.” He “grabbed a few No. 2 pencils” but forgot to take paper. He wrote the lyrics on the wall at “the Record Plant’s top floor and then down a few stairs of the back stairway.” After “two or three hours” he “ran downstairs for a legal pad and ran back up and copied them down”. Perry thought the “lyrics were so great,” noting Tyler, being a drummer, “likes to use words as a percussion element.” He says: “The words have to tell a story, but for Steven they also have to have a bouncy feel for flow. Then he searches for words that have a double entendre, which comes out of the blues tradition”. Perry always liked to wait until Tyler recorded his vocal so he “could weave around his vocal attack,” but Tyler wanted Perry to record first for the same reason. After a “tug-of-war”, Tyler’s vocal was recorded first with Perry’s guitar track overdubbed. The lyrics, which tell the story of a high school boy losing his virginity, are sung quite fast by Tyler, with heavy emphasis being placed on the rhyming lyrics (e.g., “so I took a big chance at the high school dance”). Between the elaborately detailed verses, the chorus primarily consists of a repetition of “Walk this way, talk this way“. Live in concert, Tyler often has the audience, combined with members of the band, sing “talk this way”. There is also a lengthy guitar solo at the end of the song, and in concert, Tyler will often harmonize his voice to mimic the sounds of the guitar.
Walk This Way” was one of two hit singles by the band to hit the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 in the 1970s, the other one being a re-release of “Dream On“. “Walk This Way“, though, helped Toys in the Attic to be the bestselling Aerosmith album, and one of the most critically acclaimed. Aerosmith‘s version of “Walk This Way” often competes with “Sweet Emotion” and “Dream On” for the title of Aerosmith‘s signature song, being one of the band’s most important, influential, and recognizable songs. The band rarely omits it from their concert setlist, still performing their classic version of the song to this day. The song has also long been a staple of rock radio, garnering regular airplay on mainstream rock, classic rock, and album-oriented rock radio stations. In 2009, it was named the eighth greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1. Fee Waybill, Steve Lukather, Tim Bogert and Tommy Aldridge covered the song for the Aerosmith tribute album Not the Same Old Song and Dance (Eagle Records, 1999). Aerosmith reference lyrics from the song in “Legendary Child“. The line “I took a chance at the high school dance never knowing wrong from right” references lyrics from the songs “Walk This Way” and “Adam’s Apple” respectively. Both songs first appeared on the album “Toys in the Attic“.

(Wikipedia, voce Walk This Way)

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