Walter, remember when the world was young
And all the girls knew Walter's name?
Walter, isn't it a shame the way our little world has changed?
Do you remember, Walter, playing cricket in the thunder and the rain?
Do you remember, Walter, smoking cigarettes behind your garden gate?
Yes, Walter was my mate,
But Walter, my old friend, where are you now?

Walter's name.
Walter, isn't it a shame the way our little world has changed?
Do you remember, Walter, how we said we'd fight the world so we'd be free.
We'd save up all our money and we'd buy a boat and sail away to sea.
But it was not to be.
I knew you then but do I know you now?

Walter, you are just an echo of a world I knew so long ago
If you saw me now you wouldn't even know my name.
I bet you're fat and married and you're always home in bed by half-past eight.
And if I talked about the old times you'd get bored and you'll have nothing more to say.
Yes people often change, but memories of people can remain.

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"Do You Remember Walter" as written by Raymond Douglas Davies

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    General CommentI really like it when he says that the world can't be saved in our times.
    Man, we think we are free and stuff but we are slaves of the market and that is all it seems to matter.
    A shame if you ask me.
    Bochini 27on December 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentVery nostalgic.. you sometimes get the impression the past is looked at with rose tinted spectacles? Or maybe I was born too late for that kind of childhood.
    -wishyouwerehere-on May 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThat's a possibilty. He's definetly looking at the past longingly (like the rest of the album) without making mention of any of the bad times. But then, who wants to dwell on the bad times?
    Anyway, I think the last line sums everything up really well.
    TheSilverNobleon June 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe last line sums up the meaning of the song. This is yet another great tune on surely one of The Kinks' best albums. Rays' writing is impeccable and it totally fits what the whole album is trying to say - new stuff is great, but it wasn't so bad before.
    DavidWattson July 31, 2014   Link
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    General CommentJust love the heroic images he starts with about playing cricket and smoking cigarettes. What a youth god. And then later he's this blobby bore, fully submitted to suburban monotony...Maybe that's all we really want after all.
    sentimentalFool11on November 06, 2020   Link

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