Saturday, March 12, 2011

COLLAPSE INTO NOW: WALK IT BACK

I'm not sure what to say about this song.  It is a sort of anomaly on the album, has a different feel, not bad, but different.  The video series Michael Stipe commissioned for the album has a version of this song videoed by a French artist.  Don't bother.  It's horrible and disturbing and does not fit the song.  In fact it does the song a disservice.  Something a little more interesting is what I feel the song needs to elevate it from the other great songs on the album. 



WALK IT BACK
Walk it back
Walk it back
Walk it back
What, what would you
Have had me say
Instead of what I said?

Where, where would I go
How could I follow that
Except to do what I did?

Which is to
Walk it back
Walk it back
Walk it back

Time reverse and rewind
erase and revise
and try to start again

You, don't you turn this around
I have not touched the ground
In I don't know how long

You say to
Walk it back
Walk it back
Walk it back
Walk it back
Walk it back
Walk it back

Time, time, time it cannot abide
You, you can't turn away
You’ve asked me to stay
but something needs to change

Why can't you?

Walk it back
Walk it back
Walk it back
Walk it back
Walk it back
Walk it back

I'm assuming that this song was built on the bass and piano parts, but as always Peter Buck's complimentary parts fit the song perfectly. 

WALK IT BACK

Bass Riff
e|--------------|
B|--------------|
G|--------------|
D|------2-5-----|
A|-5-0-2--------|
E|--------------|

Intro/ Chorus
e|-2---0-0---0------2---0-2--|
B|-3---2-0---0------3---3-3--|
G|-2---2-0---0------2---2-2--|
D|-0---0-0---2-x3---0---0-0--|
A|-----------2---------------|
E|-----------0---------------|
Verse
e|-2---0---3---2---0---|
B|-3---2---3---3---2---|
G|-2---2---0---4---2---|
D|-0---2---0---4---2---|
A|-----0---2---2---0---|
E|-----0---3---2---0---|
Verse Pick
e|---5---5---3---2---5--|
B|--7---5---3---3---5---|
G|-7---6---4---4---6----|
D|----------------------|
A|----------------------|
E|----------------------|

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