John Prine - Taking A Walk Lyrics




A man came to our house
I believe it was yesterday
I would have invited him in
But I didn't have a lot to say

His anticipation of me opening the door
Outweighed my apprehension as it never had before
And drove my concentration
Right through that hardwood floor

I'm taking a walk
I'm going outside
I'm taking a walk
I'm just getting by

There's a girl in the white house
I don't even know her name
Her disheveled appearance
Speaks volumes of shame

It's an embarrassing situation
But a situation just the same
The way she walks on others
And never takes the blame
Upsets my constitution
Beyond its mortal frame

Oo-oo a-ha

I'm taking a walk
I'm going outside
I'm watching the birds
I'm just getting by

Found a card in the pocket
Of my worn out overalls
From a girl in Cedar Rapids
Now residing in Idaho Falls

I wish you could have been there
When she opened up the door
And looked me in the face
Like she never did before
I felt about as welcome
As a Wal-Mart Superstore

0o-oo - a-ha

I'm taking a walk
I'm going outside
I'm taking a walk
I don't need a ride

I'm watching the birds
Flying so high





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  1. Ray Winsor

    I love this song. It has to do with a lot more than just taking a walk and, on a personal note, I found that taking a walk oftentimes in my life was the best therapeutic medicine for helping to come to terms with trials, difficulties and disappointments, a spiritual exercise more than a physical one. Of course, I was never alone because my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was there with me. Indeed, it was a deep awareness of His Presence years ago (when I also took long walks), as witnessed by His beautiful creation (natural revelation ) that God's Spirit used to reveal to me, and convict me of, my need to know the awesome Creator (Jesus Christ) behind His creation as my personal Lord and Savior from sin (Read Romans 1:20 and Psalm 19:1--what in theological terms is called special revelation). Many marvel at the beauty of the physical creation; yet tragically are not aware of the personal and knowable God behind such creation--One who welcomes with open arms all burdened with the cares and troubles of this world and still wandering in the wilderness of spiritual darkness and unbelief, to: "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden. and I will give you rest [Salvation rest]. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for i am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" Matthew 11:28-30). God bless.

  2. jack bobrick

    Shakespeare and Prine ,,sitting around a campfire, taking in some brew,,,,,Ahhhh Thats where I want to be,,, just listening to they're minds unwinding,,,,while the stars twinkle above it all,,,,,

  3. Shirley Jennings

    John is a great singer and songwriter, I love him.

  4. Nova Choe

    Got to know John Prine through a beautiful young man whom I lost from my life. Miss all the serenade. Miss our days together....Miss you darling...

  5. Lily Rhodes

    Hey everyone - is anyone else here under the age of 20 and thinks this song is a BANGER?

    Ken Is Free

    Hi Lily! Very beautiful name. So beautiful in fact that someone spoke about them/you, another wrote it down later, and finally another put it in print, all before you were born! Amazing story.

  6. Ken Is Free

    i am sure John and GOD have talked!

  7. Jack Allen

    John Prine is simply one of the greatest song writers that we not only have today but that have ever had the pleasure of enjoying as fans of music. His music strikes to the core of human emotion while also making statements politically, socially, and morally. I've had the pleasure of seeing him in concert twice but also look forward to future experiences from him. Hopefully on behalf of someone that has ben hailed by the likes of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash as perhaps the greatest songwriter alive today i applaud John Prine for his work, life, and continued devotion to his craft. We will be listening forever.

  8. Joe Bova

    My theme song

    Thank you John

  9. Roy Glenn

    Went to see him twice, I really couldn’t believe I was there listening to this man, goosebumps all night. Going to go again in Calgary this summer.

    Linda Garland

    I am going to see him in August in Portland, can't wait. I've seen him multiple times but..........I MUST have some JP every day. Enjoy Calgary!

    Brady

    Roy Glenn going too!

    Ken Is Free

    Well tell us!!! How was it?

    Brady

    Ken Is Free it was postponed till next summer :(

    Ken Is Free

    @Brady awww too bad. What was the reason?

  10. jeopardy60611

    I just discovered this song because I run a voicemail system that includes public voice bulletin boards, and one of my users posted this song to her "Folk Corner." IT'S SO COOL!!!!!!

  11. perry scott

    Pathetic CRA shill.

  12. jelvision

    I would love to hear Dylan cover this song. better yet i wish Dylan, Prine, and Lightfoot would do a tour where they play each others songs.

  13. Roy Glenn

    I would have invited him in but he was a fucking religious cunt who wanted to tell me how much better he was better than I am

  14. Sandy L Ross

    Hey JP, love ya; jsyk.

  15. Tim Kennedy

    I was a man child at a little radar site in Northern Wisconsin and some
    guy from Anoka, Minnesota put Prine on the record player. We called him
    Crazy Dave (he rafted the Mississippi and crashed his car the night of
    my wedding) We both lived somehow. I remarried when my wife died. The
    woman I married without Dave at the wedding is still putting up with me -
    Crazy Dave, My Wife and I learned how to sometimes just take a walk..

  16. GWYTHAL. DOIRE.

    Could The "Dishelleved" gal in the Whitehouse be a reference to "Monica L"...& her & "Stained Red Dress"...Ye know, that indiscriminate female who opened her mouth, let the little pussy.. (oops..Cat.!!).. out of the bag with the sole intention of impeaching Clinton.!!! Just a thought. !?!?????!!! Some people just don't know when to keep their mouth shut.!!!! $$$$$ Apologies John.!!!!

  17. GWYTHAL. DOIRE.

    Just like taking a walk, John Prine has a way of clearing the head of all worldly worries....the man's a true breath of fresh air. A guy you'd be happy to share the walk with on any long country, open aired road.!!!.... A "Wordsmith Extraordinaire".!!!

    GWYTHAL. DOIRE.

    ..."I felt about as welcome as a Wallmart Superstore"..Brilliant.!!!:-D:-D:-D

  18. Marcia Corbin

    I saw John Prine in Ann Arbor during the 70s in a small smokey club jammed to the rafters with his adoring fans loving this special man & the music he shared with us.

  19. Sharminda Claudia Bohannon

    "Just gettin' by", just living and letting live, in other words.

  20. John Swanberg

    Let's just sit here awhile.

    Raymon Ray

    yes why not !

  21. Molly Hatchet

    This is pure class by å master of his craft...What the hell are the thumbs down doin here??????...Are you guys for real?

  22. Edward Moriarty

    38 strange beings down voted this masterpiece.

  23. Acoustic Shadow

    This is a beautiful tune.

  24. John Swanberg

    If you can't take a walk, walk with this man's music. It will improve your health.

    Ken Is Free

    Beautifully said.

  25. Ray Winsor

    So beautiful. I would take long walks in the country. It was like a spiritual balm of Gilead for my troubles and disappointments. I love John Prine.

  26. anne renwick

    love john prine hes a soldier of life

    Charles Taylor

    anne renwick did his time in U.S. Army Vietnam.

  27. scottutube1

    Do you ever wonder how someone could get to this site, click through to the song, listen, and put a thumbs down? It would be great if somehow there was a label they'd have to wear, because it's no doubt someone you would not want to be in close proximity to.

  28. Linda Stoneking

    He was My 1st Concert in Harrisonburg Va. in the early 70's. ive. Loved him. all these. yrs. now im almost 70. His Voice Still. gets my heart. every time i hear him. Beautiful. Man ❤

  29. mamabelle

    Genius!!

  30. James Eubanks

    GOIN BACK TO LP

  31. Robert Beck

    This man,  along with Townes Van Zandt, Blaze Foley and a couple of others are clear evidence that there is a level of brilliance floating around in this universe that most of us cannot comprehend.

    Don Shelby

    An buckwheat Stevenson

  32. Robert Toso

    Lowers my blood pressure for sure.

  33. LORENE KELSEY

    If only we were all like u we would all take a walk in the sunshine Lorene

  34. neil banks

    I only came across John Prine via Alabama 3's version of 'Speed of the Sound of Loneliness' less than a year ago. I'm nearly 60 and mourning the loss of john Prine's music in my adult life. (how did I miss him ?) However, I'm loving catching up on his fantastic songs and had the best night ever at The Palladium' in London some weeks back. What a man !!!!

    Ginger Jones

    neil banks l sure am sorry for your missing out. I just turned 60 and have enjoyed/loved this man and his music for years. Even got to meet him once in Chicago a few years ago. Many of his lyrics are permanently placed inside my soul and heart. Who else can take so many off the wall oddities and fuse em' all together in such a sweet and magical way that then had the power to move me to laughing the crying and everything in between. Did I say I adore this artist?

    neil banks

    Ginger, many thanks for your comments. I have enjoyed all sorts of music and artists over the years but with JP I 'just get him' . More importantly 'he gets me !!!'. He is a 'one off' and his songwriting is simple yet mesmerizing.
    I attend a Jam Club in the village where I live and I am beginning to introduce others to the magic of JP

  35. john schilling

    went for a walk a fine woman along beside me so comforting!

  36. dianne duke

    singer story-teller. . it always seems to fit my mood. . I'm taking a walk

  37. Kelvin Grover

    zoo tunes2015

  38. remy A

    A man came to our house
    I believe it was yesterday
    I would have invited him in
    But I didn't have a lot to say

    His anticipation of me opening the door
    Outweighed my apprehension as it never had before
    And drove my concentration
    Right through that hardwood floor

    I'm taking a walk
    I'm going outside
    I'm taking a walk
    I'm just getting by

    There's a girl in the white house
    I don't even know her name
    Her disheveled appearance
    Speaks volumes of shame

    It's an embarrassing situation
    But a situation just the same
    The way she walks on others
    And never takes the blame
    Upsets my constitution
    Beyond its mortal frame

    Oo-oo a-ha

    I'm taking a walk
    I'm going outside
    I'm watching the birds
    I'm just getting by

    Found a card in the pocket
    Of my worn out overalls
    From a girl in Cedar Rapids
    Now residing in Idaho Falls

    I wish you could have been there
    When she opened up the door
    And looked me in the face
    Like she never did before
    I felt about as welcome
    As a Wal-Mart Superstore

    0o-oo - a-ha

    I'm taking a walk
    I'm going outside
    I'm taking a walk
    I don't need a ride

    I'm watching the birds
    Flying so high

  39. Jeff Matuszak

    I can hear the ghost of Steve Goodman in every John Prine song.

  40. John Rowan

    Who turns taken a walk into a piece of art that expresses lonliness, a political commentary, and a lost love, all sung in one beautiful melody, filled with the most subtle but profound lyrics? That can only be the genius of John Prine. He's simply, THE BEST.

  41. N Nel Gyor

    who the fuck disliked this?

  42. uncleben7

    Was listening to this song earlier when my dog figured out what he was singing. She drove me crazy until I took her for a walk. She's scary smart sometimes, and she likes John Prine.

    Randy Bingham

    it was a coincidence

    Randy Bingham

    dogs are smart but not in that way sorry!

  43. mac mchenry

    I LOVE THIS MAN . HIS TALENT AND HONEST LYRICS STRIKE ME AND MY HEART LIKE THUNDERBOLTS. The power of his art makes me think I'm as humble as he is ...but I'm not .  What a brilliant light for all of us ... Ohh HAHHH   I'm taking a walk , I'm going outside .....

    Sonya Allison

    mac mchenry me TOO 😎

    jaslinc

    Well said brother.

    jack bobrick

    Your right Mac,,this guy is hard not to love,,,,A story teller,,,,, supreme ,,IMO In my time I've heard some good ones,,,But none better than John,,,He grabs hold of a subject, and delivers it to average people, in a unique---understandable way,, good stuff.

  44. Philip McCartney

    Fantastic singer, song writer

  45. Sonny Green

    this song helps me put the past into perspective

  46. Roy Sheppard

    I absolutely love all of this man's songs. I am taking guitar lessons and I only want to play and sing JP's songs. He is the best ever.

    mat11trick

    Awesome Roy! He uses the capo quite a bit so get one of those too!

    Roy Sheppard

    +mat11trick Got several. Need a capo for "Hello in There" and Sam Stone to sound authentic. What a treasure this man is!!!!!!

    mat11trick

    Yea he is. His songs have so much meaning.

    jaslinc

    His words inspired me to keep picking until I could bring him into my Martin and listen to him Be.

    Charles Taylor

    And Hoyt Axton whom John Prine loves. They play each other's music all the time.

  47. Abdelrahman Assad

    why is this only 140 k views?

    Leigh Lawson

    truly .....no one gets it

  48. Luzia Carrara

    Exelente!

  49. Mark8395217

    John, truth be told... many of us need to take a walk. We're all just gettin by...

  50. sam pepys

    I love these words; I'm taking a walk, just getting by

  51. Johnny Vins

    Terrific..

  52. Matthew Van Atta

    From down on the page where one cannot reply -- "Who's the woman in the white house? could not have been Hillary Clinton, as she was a senator for the 4 years preceding and 4 proceeding the album release. Any ideas???"

    I always thought it was Monica Lewinsky.

    taylor leah

    It's a metaphor I believe. Peace.

    john smith

    +Matthew Van Atta was Reagan in drag lol

    Robert Toso

    It could have been a blue house, or a green house or whatever. He's taking a walk, there's a girl in the white house.

    Ginger Jones

    Open to interpretation but I think it's Hillary. First part makes me think Monica but the next part right after that makes me think it's Hillary.

    Ginger Jones

    The way she walks on others and never takes the blame, upsets my Constitution beyond my mortal frame.

  53. LiZa Sims

    ohhhh I love you JP

  54. Kelvin Grover

    Zoo tunes again please mr.john prine 2015 summer please!

  55. Alisa Isbell

    I love this guy , truly one of the best .

  56. rembrandt100

    I have rplaced my Prine collectoin over 3 times. Once on LP again on tape, again on CD.

    Sweet3532

    keep up the good work

    Jack Devorshak

    rembrandt10x
    Casting crowns I'm

  57. rembrandt100

    Greatest there very was or will be. My first album was "Prime Prine" Now have it all on cd also

    john smith

    +rembrandt100 bought his first lp after hearing sam stone on the old grey whistle test

  58. Frost Gaming

    A man came to our house
    I believe it was yesterday
    I would have invited him in
    But I didn't have a lot to say
    His anticipation of me opening the door
    Outweighed my apprehension as it never had before
    And drove my concentration
    Right through that hardwood floor
    Oh, uh-huh

    [Chorus]
    I'm taking a walk
    I'm going outside
    I'm taking a walk
    I'm just gettin' back

    There's a girl in the white house
    I don't even know her name
    Her disheveled appearance
    Speaks volumes of shame
    It's an embarrassing situation
    But a situation just the same
    The way she walks on others
    And never takes the blame
    Upsets my constitution
    Beyond its motor frame
    Oh, uh-huh

    [Chorus]

    Found a carton departed
    Of my worn out overalls
    From a girl in Cedar Rapids
    Now residing in Idaho Falls
    I wish you could've been there
    When she opened up the door
    And looked me in the face
    Like she never did before
    I felt about as welcome
    As a Wal-Mart superstore
    Oh, uh-huh

    I'm taking walk (Taking a walk)
    I'm going outside (Going outside)
    I'm taking a walk (Taking a walk)
    I don't need a ride (Just getting by)
    I'm watching the birds (Taking a walk)
    Flying so high (Going outside....)

    ppj0241

    @Frost Gaming Found a card in the pocket.

    William McGuinness

    " A carton departed " Another "Happy enchilada" moment

    femmy van dalen

    Frost Gaming b

    Mike B

    2nd verse - I believe its mortal, not motor frame

  59. Thomas Tickner

    American treasure.

    LiZa Sims

    @Thomas Tickner JP is a WORLD treasure.

    Thomas Tickner

    +LiZa Sims Absolutely!

    Ashley Estrada

    Thomas Tickner i want to thumbs thid uo 1ooox

  60. Thomas Tickner

    JP an American treasure.

    john smith

    +Thomas Tickner a universal treasure!, Even played here in Perth, Scotland!!

    Thomas Tickner

    +john smith Absolutely!

  61. Joey McNeill

    Everybody hates insurance. We are looking for away. Geiko you are hatred?

  62. Joey McNeill

    Car insurance. Dumb fuck.

  63. Joey McNeill

    You stupid people will remember shit and Geiko get to shit on your face. Yea!!!

  64. Joey McNeill

    I did it! I forced a stupid Geiko commercial on the stupid fuckhead.I'm smart yea!!!

  65. yeda77 Hicks

    There is no greater way to 'let go of the day" than listening to John Prine!!!

    dayna Lynn

    agreed. any time, any mood, any day-can listen to John Prine

    dehoe disc

    I'm listening to John Prine right now, on August 7, 2018 (my departed mother's birthday) and I think I will be able to face the day one hell of a lot better, after a night of bad dreams.

    Darryl Evans

    Best damn artist of his time,I have enjoyed John's music since the 1970's..

  66. david ayers

    Hickory dickery, my black hen. She lays eggs for the gentlemen.

  67. Dave Crull

    John no matter what, brings his music right to our kitchen table . And it hits the heart, no matter what type of lifestyle you have lived his words do exactly as I said Brings it right home to every real family in all the good and bad! How could anyone not feel the the relization right into our hearts.

  68. Edward McCurley

    Every song I hear from this guy has something in it that sticks. Unreal talent.

  69. candy apple

    I'm packing for my walk, I'm packing for outside, Like I never have in my life...closing in on 55 and disheveled...lost for a min...thank you John, for the directions, you were here once weren't you?

  70. bill bazinet

    He's talking about any woman living in a white house maybe next door you freakin fool!

  71. urabampot

    Prine...greatest songwriter of all time....bar NONE!!!

  72. Alec Renwick

    What the hell are you going on about Timothy Ryan.
    The MUSIC is Beautiful.
    Enough said.
    Al

  73. Not Named

    But the album came out in 2005. Bill was gone for 4 years by then.

  74. Not Named

    Who's the woman in the white house? My facts tell me, Condoleezza Rice was in the white house for 3 months at the time of the release of this album, and I never took her to have a "disheveled" appearance. I don't feel like Laura Bush could be a serious enough political figure to mentions. It could not have been Hillary Clinton, as she was a senator for the 4 years preceding and 4 proceeding the album release. Any ideas???

  75. Rusty Price

    thanks Rhiannon you put on paper what i could not say but wanted to

  76. julie parrish

    what rhiannon said!spot on,,the mans a genious and a fine actor,,,ever see "daddy and them ""...??????

  77. Rom Rimland

    Indeed

  78. sixten

    :-)..you catch the spirit!

  79. Karen Vickers

    oooh ooh aaaah ah. as eloquent as can be. Thanks, for putting it into words.

  80. sixten

    Amazing song...

  81. Cactass Dupree

    I thought He wrote the line "Sorry card in my pocket". I like that verse but it's his song.

  82. Cactass Dupree

    God will answer your question..Ain't Preachen just teachin

  83. Daniel Zurek

    Anyone who does not John Prine's music, well just don't know what music is.. I been listening to his music for years and have all his music on cd's. Yeah, I get laid back at night with a good drink of crown and this man's music.

  84. william laughy

    the man is a song writer poet icon,i've had the pleasure of his 20 years influence great trout fishing music with your IPOD... ;)

  85. haggardly79

    My 1st experience listening to JOHN PRINE was the BRUISED ORANGE album .
    I have been a fan ever since !

  86. nimbus2ooo

    Aww, Heck No...... This ..Song.tears me up.

  87. Rhiannon Marie

    I think that this song is about whatever you want to apply it to in your life at the time just like all of his songs they reach in and grab your heart and soul. I've had the pleasure of having this mans music in my life for the last I believe 40 yrs. He is a pure gift from a higher power to us having the raw talent of putting all our thoughts and feelings down on paper and delevering them to us in an everymans voice. Lennon, Dylan, Prine all the great ones thank nature for them. Bless all.

  88. DragonTycoon

    Actually, I'm 17 now. I think the point's still there though. Still love him!

  89. john mack

    he is talkin bout how a woman can take the power away from you .......... (who ever she is ) speaks volumes of shame cause that is how it goes ........ u all think Lewinsky(bj queen) and she made money from it and took a man down ......it wasn't like he made her do it ffs

  90. john mack

    wow u r like what 12 and know about mr prine .... u lucky bugger .. and sad at the same time .. u have heard the best . and all the rest will let you down from here .. i was 15 when i heard him first time and i am now 43 lol he is no bebeier thank god :)

  91. badheckler

    Greatest ever John's song!
    It shows his nature-Libra-stay away from conflict or
    embarassing situation.(taking a walk)
    My son is like this-so the song always makes me smile

  92. chuck love

    Fuck this song ! J P WRITES SO MUCH BETTER !

  93. ross martin

    Another great song written by Pat Mclaughlin...I like pats version a lil better tho

  94. phishbeard

    Not sure why there is one dislike here.... This is a very beautiful song and John Prine definitely does not get the respect that he should. I love this man and his silly ways!

  95. Kat Masterson

    this just shows up outta nowhere and runs thru my mind.. what a way of puttin it into words. My auntie with rhuematoid arthritis used to say she was just hangin on. John says I'm just gettin by. It rings true. Its not arthritis, but it is pain.

  96. Breaking Away from The Herd

    @boldaq1 nothin

  97. DragonTycoon

    I remember when I was 5 or 7 and my dad would always play this. He always said one day I would like it. I didn't believe him, but now he can say I told you so.

    Ashley Estrada

    DragonTycoon mine also!!! My parents and their friends used to play this and i would get so irritated all the time...... Now i have 2 kids and my kids get irritated with me. Thanks dad!!!!

  98. Ben Wright

    @chillary1 hmm perhaps. but i figured he was talking about a political figure. i mean i guess monica lewinsky did walk on people but she also took the blame for it... i mean she's the one who alleged the scandal. but idk i hope you will write back soon. we need to figure this thing out!