Song of the Day, December 3: Walk Away by Eliza Carthy

LizaWalkToday’s song is Walk Away as presented on Eliza Carthy’s bold reinvention of modern folk, Red Rice. The two discs take differing approaches; this track appears on Red, the more experimental and contemporary set. The songs feature significant use of synthesizers and keyboards and a fairly rock-oriented approach to percussion, lending a distinctive feel to both the traditional numbers and the contemporary folk compositions.

Walk Away was written and recorded by Ben Harper for his debut album, Welcome to the Cruel World, a nice blend of folk, blues, and funk. It’s an album Carthy has mentioned in interviews as a personal favorite — and one that her mother, Norma Waterson, borrowed another song from for her powerful eponymous solo disc. This is a song of romantic complications, with the singer realizing that she’s with the wrong person and aching for the right one. It opens flawlessly with

Oh no, here comes that sun again,
That means another day without you my friend.

and Carthy invests the painful lines with just the right ache. The very modern, folk-pop setting she chose for the song works nicely, providing a clean backdrop for the engaging lyrics. When she hits each chorus, the emotion is palpable.

And it’s so hard to do and so easy to say
But sometimes, sometimes you just have to walk away.

Enjoy this stirring cover of a great song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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