Walk Right BackWords & Music by Sonny Curtis
Recorded by The Everly Brothers, 1961 (#7
Intro: A - F#m AM7 - F#m - AM7 - F#m A E7 D9 A Cdim A A6 A Cdim A I want you to tell me why you walked out on me A E7 D A Cdim A E7 E I'm so lone - some ev' - ry day E7 D9 E7 D9 E7 E D9 E7 Cdim E7 I want you to know that since you walked out on me E7 D9 E7 Cdim E E7/9 D9 E7 A Noth - in' seems to be the same old way A E7 D9 A Cdim A A6 A Cdim A Think about the love that burns with - in my heart for you E7 A E7 A E7 A Cdim A7 D F#m Bm Bm7 The times we had be - fore you went a - way, oh me D D6 B7 Cdim Walk right back to me this minute A F#m A D9 Cdim A Bring your love to me, don't send it E7 D9 E E7 Cdim E7 A I'm so lone - some ev' - ry day. A E7 D9 A Cdim A A6 A Cdim A These eyes of mine that gave you lov - ing glan - ces once be - fore A E7 D A Cdim A E7 E Changed to shades of clou - dy gray E7 D9 E7 D9 E7 E D9 E7 Cdim E7 I want so ve - ry much to see you, just like be - fore E7 D9 E7 Cdim E E7/9 D9 E7 A I've got - ta know you're com -in' back to stay A E7 D9 A Cdim A A6 A Cdim A Please be - lieve me when I say it's great to hear from you E7 A E7 A E7 A Cdim A7 D F#m Bm Bm7 But there's a lot of things a let - ter just can't say, oh me D D6 B7 Cdim Walk right back to me this minute A F#m A D9 Cdim A Bring your love to me, don't send it E7 D9 E E7 Cdim E7 A I'm so lone - some ev' - ry day.
I must've ruled this one out a dozen times before if I've ruled it out once, but I've changed my mind -- for a couple of reasons.
First off, long time lyrics pal Ron Hontz told me some backstory on this one. Obviously, The Everly Brothers didn't sing both verses; they sang the first one twice. The reason was, when lyricist Sonny Curtis brought the demo to them, it only had one verse -- because he wasn't finished with it yet. The Everly Brothers recorded it before he even had the chance. Curtis later recorded the full version himself.
Reason number two is that when I went looking for this on the web, I found a grand total of one version -- and it felt wrong. This one, as should be obvious to even first-time visitors, is WAY overdone, chord-wise. But as is my practice, I choose chords to allow a listener to recognize the song even without a vocal. If you're singing and playing, you can omit a ton of them -- the melody is heavily reliant on major 7ths and 6ths, but the underlying chord doesn't necessarily need to change. If you're not singing, however, these chords will help you carry the melody line.