WALK LIKE A MAN
 (Lyrics and Music by Rick Springfield)

I got so many thoughts jumping out of my head
And I can't sit still
I'm thinking about the universe
I'm looking at life on earth
I can't shut the camera shutter

I stare at the clock, the years slip away
And I stay confused
I'm dreaming about la raison d'Ítre
I'm frightened by the toxic threat
I can't stop the motor running

People saying I should learn some self-control
I just want to exorcise my soul

Walk like a man, walk like a man
I still feel like a boy and you feel like a girl in my hand
I'm gonna walk like a man, walk like a man
I'm still waiting on the revelation
Here in never-never land

I got so many things jumpin' out of my brain
And I feel so strange
I'm crazy about the car I drive
While people struggle just to stay alive
I can't put the two together

I stare in the bathroom mirror at my face
God, I look so pale
Lines crawl across my face
I'm runnin' in the human race
Yeah, me first, who am I kidding

Where is this peace that comes with age
Someone show me to my cage

Where I can walk like a man, walk like a man
I still feel like a boy
And you feel like a girl in my hand
I'm gonna walk like a man, walk like a man
I'm still waiting on the revelation
Here in never-never land
When it finally hits me then, and only then I'll understand
Waiting for the revolution here
In never-never land

Where is this peace that comes with age
Will somebody take me to the stage

Where I can walk like a man, walk like a man
Walk, walk like a man
Walk like a man
Walk like a man
Walk like a man
Walk like a man
Walk like a man

I still feel like a boy
And you feel like a girl in my hands
I'm gonna walk like a man, walk like a man
I'm still waiting on the revelation
Here in never-never land
When it finally hits me then, and only then I'll understand
Waiting on the revolution here
In never-never land

Walk like a man


(total playing time 4:07)

 SONG FACTS:
This song appears on the following albums: Tao, Best of, Legendary, and Anthology (written in rock).

According to US

We've come to my least favorite song on the Tao CD. I consider this a challenge to come up with a review that is meaningful, yet does not put the rest of the list to sleep. Hopefully the rest of you do not feel the same way about this song that I do. 

The title is what gets me. When I hear "Walk Like a Man" (the words, not the song) I think of the Frankie Valli & 4 Seasons song...Walk Like a Man. I hear it in that falsetto voice, and I just can't get that damn voice outta my head! I keep wishing that Rick had come up with a better title/chorus. But everytime I play this CD, there it is again...sigh. I'm sorry, I can't get past it.

The lyrics themselves are pretty good...reading this song out when Renata posted it, I could feel a bit differently, but I still find myself saying the damn things to the beat of the song. The first paragraph alone pretty much sums up my life right now. "I got so many things jumping out of my head, and I can't sit still..." I go to bed at night and have to tell my brain to STOP, it's time to sleep. I'm thinking Rick sometimes has the same problem. Of course, there he is throwing the "toxic threat" stuff at us again. Sheesh...we got it already, a few songs ago.

My favorite line in this song is, "I still feel like a boy and you feel like a girl in my hand". I think everyone has those days...sometimes I think and feel the same way I did as a girl then reality hits me, and I'm the Mom with the kids, job, house and car wondering what happened to that girl.

For some reason, I remember seeing Rick do this song live on the Cathode Ray tour. The memory hits me of my disappointment at first (yep, didn't even like the song back then) but then I waited...for the breath. You know where he goes, "...where I can walk like a man, uh". Yep, he did the "breath" live too. :-) I live for those moments.  -Michelle P.


I really like this song. I like it even more having really listened to it.  I love the way it starts. I love the beat, and I like the message (whatever it is). Except for the one line about toxic threat, it seems more about inner struggle than impending doom. I also like the "never never" land reference, which I too took to be a reference to Hollywood.
My favorite line in the whole song is:
I'm running in the human race -Yeah, me first who am I kidding...

"Where is this peace that comes with age "
This line really gets me. I actually think there is a kind of peace that comes with age. Yet, I also think Rick wrote the angriest song he's ever written at the age of 52, so maybe peace isn't coming as easy for him, as it does for some.

"Someone show me to my cage"
I always thought he was saying "someone show me to my page", which meant to me he had lost his place and needed to get back, but this is very interesting. Does he see the stage as a prison of sorts, yet later he says to show him to the stage where he can walk like a man, indicating that he's most comfortable there, and that's where he feels like he's in control and has the power. Maybe a double edge sword? - rlh