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Walkin' in the Sun

Personal note from Laura: "Walkin' in the Sun" is one of my favorite Jeff Barry songs.  He released it as a single in 1973, but I didn't hear it for the first time until recently.  It absolutely blew me away!  Not only does it have a cool melody with a slight country feel and a groovy guitar lick, the message contained within its lyrics is profoundly inspiring to me - the realization that the bad times don't last forever and only help you to appreciate the good times when they arrive.
Jeff was thrilled when I suggested putting up this page; "Walkin'..." is one of his favorites as well.  Here's the back story on its composition, in Jeff's own words:
"My father was blind, and the inspiration for the song came from an incident [that took place] when I was a teenager.  I was walking with my dad in New York City, and it was late in the afternoon.  We were a little chilly, as the tall buildings were shading the sun.  My dad said, 'Is the sun out on the other side of the street?'  Well, of course it was.  I wrote the song about 25 years later and I didn't realize that the song title came from that day 'til years after that."

Jeff Barry - Walkin' in the Sun

Walkin' in the Sun
(Jeff Barry)
Well, things have been goin' wrong long enough to know when everything's just right
I've been walking in the dark long enough to know when I've finally seen the light
I've been losing long enough to know when I finally have won
And even the blind man can tell when he's walking in the sun.
Well, I've cried enough tears to recognize this feeling of a smile
I've been bottom rung long enough to know when I'm doing it in style
I've been running long enough to know when there's no more need to run
(O Lord) Even the blind man can tell when he's walking in the sun.
The wind is at my back and I'm sailing on a ship long overdue
I've blown so many chances, I ain't gonna blow this one with you
And I've seen enough bad times to know when the good times have begun
O Lord - Even the blind man can tell when he's walking in the sun

(Oh yeah) Even the blind man can tell when he's walking in the sun

Copyright 1973  Irving Music/Jeff Barry International, administered by BMI.

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