Walkin' Eddie

from by Colin McGrath

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Before “Walking Eddie” was “Walking Eddie” it was a struggle, a beautiful melody and an unusual harmony neither of which would yield to lyrics; the kind of song you love, fight with, dump, love again, and then finally wake up in the morning and decide to part ways, knowing you’ll regret it very soon. That was where this poor little thing was until Walking Eddie showed up on Colin’s doorstep one day while he was writing with Janni Littlepage in Ben Lomond, CA. Eddie was wearing his dingy, yellow rain slicker, asking for a place to stay for the night. He looked insane and hadn’t bathed in days but he brought his harmonica with him and that was good enough for Colin and Janni.
-W. Berlind


Walkin’ Eddie’s tracing time
All the way down highway 9
Seen the change that’s come and gone
From the break of day to the setting sun (2X)

Ms. Kitty runs the bar in town
Got her poster on the wall
Wasn’t she a pretty little thing When she was 16 years old
Walkin’ Eddie’s tracing time
Laces on his shoes undone
Seen the change that’s come and gone
Like moss along the median

Where’s he going?
What’s he walking from
He never talks to anyone


X-mas lights, neon sign
In the shop that George used to own
Everything’s the same inside
From the trophy heads to the telephone

Walkin’ Eddie’s tracing time
All the way down highway 9
Seen the change that’s come and gone
From the break of day the setting sun.


from Yellow Brick Man, released November 11, 2011
Colin McGrath- vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, whistling
Diana Kazakova- harmony vocals
Reid Maclean- harmony vocals
William Berlind- piano
Ian Riggs- bass
Robert DiPietro- drums
Charlie Burnham- violin
Justin Hines- shakers, assorted percussion



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Colin McGrath Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn based songwriter Colin McGrath mines the crossroads of American music from the Appalachian Mountains to Tin Pan Alley. A storyteller with a tendency for the theatrical, McGrath inhabits his characters with his rugged, earthy voice and nuanced guitar playing. McGrath won first place in The Wildflower! Songwriting Competition, and The Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival Competition. ... more

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