WALK RIGHT IN

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WALK RIGHT IN
“Walk Right In” is the title of a popular song from 1962 by the American folk trio The
Rooftop Singers. The song was originally written by blues singer and musician Gus
Cannon and recorded by Cannon and His Jug Stompers in the late 1920s. Group member
Erik Darling recruited two friends to record a folk version of “Walk Right In” after
hearing the original Cannon recording. Darling wanted the record to have a distinctive
sound, so he and group member Bill Svanoe both played twelve string guitars on the
song, although they had some difficulty in acquiring the instruments. Darling is quoted as
saying that prior to the making of this record, “you couldn’t buy a 12-string guitar…I
ordered one from the Gibson Company, but in order to record [the song] with two 12-
strings, we had to wait for the company to build a second one for Bill!”. The success of
the song was a boon to Cannon, who was in his late 70s at the time it made it big, had
been forced to pawn his banjo the previous winter in order to pay his heating bill; he
received royalties as a songwriter and saw renewed interest in his music, which led to a
recording contract of his own.
Other acts who have recorded or performed “Walk Right In” include Chet Atkins, Ella
Fitzgerald, Janis Joplin and Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show. The Rooftop Singers’
version appears on the soundtrack to the Tom Hanks film Forrest Gump”.
Walk right in, sit right down, baby let your hair hang down
Walk right in, sit right down, baby let your hair hang down
Everybody’s talking ’bout a new way of walking
Do you want to lose you mind
Walk right in, sit right down, baby let your hair hang down
Walk right in, sit right down, daddy let your mind roll on
Walk right in, sit right down, daddy let your mind roll on
Everybody’s talking ’bout a new way of walking
Do you want to lose you mind
Walk right in, sit right down, daddy let your mind roll on
Walk right in, sit right down, honey let your hair hang down
Walk right in, sit right down, honey let your hair hang down
Everybody’s talking ’bout a new way of walking
Do you want to lose you mind
Walk right in, sit right down, honey let your hair hang down
Walk right in, sit right down, baby let your hair hang down
Walk right in, sit right down, daddy let your mind roll on
Walk right in, sit right down, honey let your hair hang down…