"Taking A Walk" as written by and John Prine Pat Mclaughlin....
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

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


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....)

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"Taking a Walk" as written by Pat Mclaughlin John Prine


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    General CommentIt's "found a card in my pocket." It's "beyond my mortal/moral frame."

    Anyway absolutely amazing lyrics with world weary insights and great humour. One of my favourites.

    Would appreciate knowing who the girl in the whitehouse refers to. I'm british and someone American out there will probably have more idea.
    toperic02on October 07, 2011   Link
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    General CommentCopyright 2005.
    slightlyaskewon May 23, 2017   Link
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    My OpinionHe made a rather negative comment about GWB in another song, but the reference "disheveled appearance" doesn't quite fit that.
    slightlyaskewon May 23, 2017   Link
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    General CommentContrary to a previous post, I don't find this song funny. I find it confusing. To me, along with the feel of the music, it seems as if it is about wanting to retreat from society.

    I don't consider it a great lyric and JP is certainly a great writer, one of my favorites. But I do like listening to the song. I find it the epitome of 'easy listening.' I just wish I understood it!
    neverbillyon October 02, 2017   Link

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