Backstroke lover always hidin' 'neath the cover
'Till I talked to my daddy he say
He said, "You ain't seen nothing
'Till you're down on a muffin
Then you're sure to be a-changin' your ways"

I met a cheerleader, was a real young bleeder
All the times I can reminisce
'Cause the best thing lovin'
With her sister and her cousin
Only started with a little kiss, like this

See-saw swingin' with the boys in the school
With your feet flyin' up in the air
Singin' "Hey diddle-diddle with the kitty in the middle
Of the swing" like I didn't care

So I took a big chance at the high school dance
With a missy who was ready to play
Wasn't me she was foolin'
'Cause she knew what she was doin'
And I know love is here to stay
When she told me to

Walk this way, walk this way
Walk this way, walk this way
Walk this way, walk this way
Walk this way, walk this way
Ah, just give me a kiss

School girl sweetie with the classy kinda sassy
Little skirt's climbin' way up her knees
There was three young ladies in the school gym locker
When I noticed they was lookin' at me

I was a high school loser
Never made it with a lady
Till the boys told me something I missed
Then my next door neighbor
With a daughter had a favor
So I gave her just a little kiss, like this

See-saw swingin' with the boys in the school
With your feet flyin' up in the air
Singin' "Hey diddle-diddle with the kitty in the middle
Of the swing" like I didn't care

So I took a big chance at the high school dance
With a missy who was ready to play
Wasn't me she was foolin'
'Cause she knew what she was doin'
When she told me how to walk this way
She told me to

"Walk this way, walk this way
Walk this way, walk this way
Walk this way, walk this way
Walk this way, walk this way"
Just give me a kiss


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  • +4
    General Comment

    Aerosmith may be a rock band, but there is no doubt in my mind that this is a rap. A very clever and well written rap (as opposed to perhaps 50Cent or Eminem), but a rap nonetheless. I don't agree with anybody who says this is the best Aerosmith song, and certainly not by far. It is an amazing song, and is certainly a classic... and yes it probably is the most popular Aerosmith song (besides "Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" perhaps... but in my books, if Tyler didn't write it, it isn't Aerosmith.) but to me it just isn't classic Aerosmith.

    Nonetheless, fantastic song. Aerosmith are legends.

    Rhysibabeon December 09, 2005   Link
  • +3
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    They went to the movie "Young Frankenstein" and saw one of the characters, Egore, say "walk this way" that's how Steven got the idea for the lyrics to an already kick ass guitar lick. honest to God.

    diseased_and_amusedon December 05, 2004   Link
  • +3
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    Run DMC killed this song in every possible way. RAP SUX

    spooner113on June 16, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    I think its about learning how to "relate" to women, learning how to walk, talk,act, etc. like a man.

    ruarchitecton October 07, 2007   Link
  • +2
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    I must admit I was agry at Aerosmith for many years for the rap version of this song. If Leonardo DaVinci defaced the Mona Lisa, he would still be arrested for vandalism if it is no longer his painting. Never mind that he created the artwork. WTW is not different. Recently a friend in the industry explained to me that the rap version was critical to Aerosmith's relaunch in the 1980's, so I have softened my stance.

    This song is about the sexual awakening of a young man. He is very excited about "getting to third base," as walking in this context is about fingering a girl with two digits. Of course going down on a muffin doesn't need nearllly as much explanation.

    The song takes us through the a progression of the a young boy's early sexuality. First, he is masturbating (backstroke lover) then he is seeking girls his own age when he met a cheerleader who was a real young bleeder.

    In the last verse, he finally makes his move and gets his conquest. After all the masturbation, advice from others and talking about sex, he finally takes a big chance at a high school dance with a missy who was ready to play He ends with my favorite line in that he wasn't surprised and in fact was delighted that her knowledge of managing female genitalia was at the Instructor level.

    mirgangon April 24, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    the song is an ode to teenage lust - "back stroke lover" -masturbation, "He said you ain't seen nothin' 'til you're down on a muffin" - you havnt experienced anything till you've had REAL p***y. And thats the truth.

    turtonhoton April 26, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    About a promiscuous cheerleader who leads a schoolboy through his first sexual experience.

    Boonechic_21on March 19, 2003   Link
  • +1
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    This song is awesome, but I am a fanatic of Aerosmith and so I don't visualize it as their best. But the phrase "walk this way" means, when a guy fingers a girl but with 2 fingers, and while he is fingering her, his fingers are in a walking motion. SWEAR TO GOD. I found it out in their autobiography.

    shoremenrockeron November 10, 2004   Link
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    WOW I kinda knew like it was about sex but it's hard to make out the words some times and actually work out what they mean...wow...that's more intense than I had thought!!!! Lol ...ewww even. But what does that guy mean "the riff is too hard and its too fast" does he mean to play on a guitar?? It was the first song I learned man!

    walkthiswayon July 09, 2006   Link
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    degree7 you don't know what you're talking about.

    This is the coolest riff ever conducted in the history of forever and will never be topped.

    The cleverest concoction of sleazy lyrics in the history of forever.

    Overall, in the history of forever it's a great song.

    rcon1485on January 26, 2010   Link

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