The Walk

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The Walk


from the album What Time Is It?

single art for The Walk
Song details
Performer: The Time
First Released: 25 August 1982 - What Time Is It? album
Album(s): What Time Is It?
Writer(s): Prince (credited to The Time)
Producer(s): Prince (as The Starr Company) (credited to Morris Day and The Starr Company)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • This song is not known to have been performed at a Prince show outside of the 1999 Tour

The Walk is the fourth track on The Time’s second album What Time Is It?, and, three months after the album’s release, The Walk was released as the album’s second single.

The song was written by Prince, although the song is officially credited to The Time (as is most of the rest of the album). It was produced by Prince (as The Starr Company), but was credited to Morris Day and The Starr Company.

Basic tracking took place on 14 January 1982 at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA (three days after Bold Generation and Gigolos Get Lonely Too, the same day as International Lover, and the day before Colleen).

As with most of the rest of the album, the track features only Morris Day and Prince as musicians. The song’s spoken section introduces the idea of Morris Day referring to a woman as "Grace" regardless of her real name; an idea also used on Grace. It also refers to the chorus of The Stick.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
14 January 1982 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Tracking
early 1982 unknown studio Vanity and other overdubs
Recording Personnel
  • Morris Day - vocals and drums
  • Prince - background vocals and all instruments, except where noted (uncredited)
  • Vanity - spoken vocals (credited as Vanity 6)
  • Jellybean Johnson - credited for drums and percussion, but did not appear
  • Terry Lewis - credited for bass guitar and vocals, but did not appear
  • Jesse Johnson - credited for guitar and vocals, but did not appear
  • Jimmy Jam - credited for keyboards and vocals, but did not appear
  • Monte Moir - credited for keyboards and vocals, but did not appear
  • Brenda Bennett - credited for spoken vocals (credited as Vanity 6), but did not appear
  • Susan Moonsie - credited for spoken vocals (credited as Vanity 6), but did not appear

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
The Walk 9:30 What Time Is It?

The Walk single

Studio
The Walk (Single Version) 3:24 The Walk single Edit
The Walk 3:24 The Walk promo single Edit same as above, but in mono
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
The Walk 3:27 Promotional release only Promo video See The Walk video for more details
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Murph Drag Unreleased Studio The longer unreleased version of Murph Drag contains a short sample of The Walk (lifted from the dialogue part with Vanity)
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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