"Walkabout" as written by and Bradford Cox....
What did you want to see?
What did you want to be when you grew up?

To go away and not look back and think of what the others say
To go ahead and change your life without regard to what is said
And everyone must do the same
you find yourself lost again
forget the things you've left behind
through looking back you may go blind


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  • +6
    General Commentsummer anthem 2009. perfect.
    caulton July 31, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Commenta bradford cox / noah lennox combo?!?!

    PERFECT!
    enjoyyourrootson July 19, 2009   Link
  • +3
    Song Meaningi have a feeling this song isn't a simple embrace of individualism as it might seem at first. looking at the second verse it seems like the message is that if you try to ignore the advice everyone gives you and the pressure society puts on you, if you try to be a "maverick" or a "true individual" you're gonna end up disconnected and alienated, or lost. but then the last two lines of the verse seem to be a refinement of the message where the advice is more along the lines of don't isolate everyone in your quest to become only a product of your own mind but don't get stuck in your past either or you'll blind yourself to what is around you in your present.

    glassofportmanteauon August 23, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSummer jam of 09 for sure.
    RackinFootyon August 21, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOn “Walkabout”, Cox sings along with Noah Lennox, What did you want to see/ What did you want to be/ When you grew up, and generally seems to be focused on moving on, becoming an adult, or at least acknowledging that he can’t be a child anymore. The song samples the bubbling keys of “What Am I Going to Do” by the Dovers, as inspired by some tour bus song games between Cox and Animal Collective, and reflects that song’s simple and beautiful pop, with Cox and Lennox’s signature soft layers.
    bigcftwon September 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat a perfect song! Kinda relates to me at this point in my life...I'm sure many others can say the same.
    pcherokeeon August 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt seems to be about moving on and forgetting your dreams as a kid only to realize that life is boring, just like it is for everyone else.
    DeerhunterPlaysConstantlyon November 30, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"Walkabout refers to a rite of passage during which male Australian Aborigines would undergo a journey during adolescence and live in the wilderness for a period as long as six months.[1][not in citation given] In this practice they would trace the paths, or "songlines", that their people's ceremonials ancestors took, and imitate, in a fashion, their heroic deeds. Merriam-Webster, however, defines the noun as a 1908 coinage that refers primarily to "a short period of wandering bush life engaged in by an Australian aborigine as an occasional interruption of regular work", with the only mention of "spiritual journey" coming in a usage example from a latter-day travel writer.[2] To white employers, this urge to depart without notice (and reappear just as suddenly) was seen as something inherent in the aboriginal nature, but the reasons may be more mundane: workers who wanted or needed to attend a ceremony or visit relatives did not accept employers' control over such matters (especially since permission was generally hard to get).[3]"
    -Wikipedia
    I think it has something to do with this.
    GlitterPenison February 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentis this song inspired by the 1971 film "Walkabout"?
    my theory is yes.
    gogrrrton July 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAgreed! Can Noah Lennox do no wrong? What an awesome mix of music and lyrics. The lyrics are just what I need right now and the melody makes me happy. I could listen to this the rest of the year, not just the summer!
    neah17068on July 30, 2009   Link

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