November 21st, 2009

To start things off is a song called “If You Walk Away”. It’s a tearjerker I wrote with a great songwriter named Todd Cerney circa 1988 (RIP, Todd). Who’s it about? I don’t know. Maybe Pat Heuer who dumped me in 11th grade, or Robin Hassan who finally got pissed off at me for being a jerk and took a walk. It’s really just about anyone who’s been left behind with nothing but a bucketful of heartache and attitude.

Details: Gene Miller sang the lead vocal and I did everything else, including the playing, programming, recording and mixing — all in my little North Hollywood studio. FYI, this song has been recorded by several label artists including James Jameson from Survivor, Sylvi Vartan, and was a number one song a couple of years ago by the Asian artist, Rachel Ann Go. But it’s never been a hit in the States. One of these days!

Here’s my original demo:

And here’s Rachel’s recording of it:


(Click HERE for her YouTube video)

And here’s the lyrc:

IF YOU WALK AWAY

By: Skip Adams & Todd Cerney

Don’t just stand there
With those guilty eyes
If you’re gonna pull the trigger
I don’t want to hear no alibi’s

Don’t try to tell me
It’s your hard, hard cross to bear
‘Cause I’m the one who’s losing
I’m not going anywhere

If you walk away from love
You’re headed down a long hard road
If you’re gonna leave me now
There’s something you should know
It’s gonna take a long, long time
It’s something you might never find
If you walk away from me
You walk away from love

Was I just dreaming
Were you acting out a part
Is this the final curtain
Closing on my heart
So if you’re going
Well then go ahead and leave
‘Cause I’m not gonna beg you
Or get down on my knees

(Chorus) (Bridge)

Somewhere down the road you’ll realize
The love you need was right here all the time

(Chorus)

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8 Responses to “chp 1: If You Walk Away”

  1. heatheranne says:

    Tremendous song, and i can totally “hear” it being covered by the Survivor crew …

  2. Kathy Hoyle says:

    Wow, I really like this song! Can’t believe the voice is from the “little girl” on the cover!?!

  3. Becky says:

    Great production, I like it.

  4. Jacqui says:

    wait…she no Kelly. d’oh! Didn’t Kelly sing on a recording of this? I liked that one alot; I thought the drums sounded like “The Umbrella Song.”

  5. Jacqui says:

    daaang Kelly! most awesome big-box voice ever!