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Traffic — Walking in the Wind
Album: As The Eagle Flies
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7.4

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Total ratings: 888









Released: 1974
Length: 6:31
Plays (last 30 days): 1
You walk and talk and move around in circles
Your friends telling you, you are doing fine
You can't see that snowball as it hurtles
Through the shattered membranes of your mind

If I could talk to you for just one minute
Then you would know what it is I am getting at
But there again your head's got nothing in it
By the way, you left without your hat

I'm walking in the wind
Looking at the sky
Hanging on a breeze
Wondering why, why?

Your old man's headed for the final pay-off
The joker you've got is fading too
All the sharks that come around for the rip-off
Are gonna tear the flesh right off you

The plastic princess hangs her head in wonder
At the silver glittered boys, trying, trying to compete
And all at once the room begins to thunder
And all that's left is the stain on the sheet

I'm walking in the wind
Looking at the sky
Hanging on a breeze
Wondering, why?

The prostitute is standing on the corner
Suffering so much pain to stay alive
She's so real that life itself bows down before her
She couldn't make that nine to five

The president is crying, crying in the White House
The prime minister's really got the blues
All the heads of state are busy playing cat and mouse
'Cause you can see none of them have ever paid their dues

I'm walking in the wind
Looking at the sky
Hanging on a breeze
And I'm wondering, why, why, why, why?
God knows why, why, why?
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"The president is crying, crying in the White House" ...
 Grammarcop wrote:
That bass line ... so simple and yet what a groove! 
 
I learned today that is Rosko Gee, when all along I though is was Ric Grech. 

Traffic has some fab-oh-lah bass plucking, no matter whoever is doing it.  (And I played bass as a music major years ago.  Upright with a German bow.)
 ExploitingChaos wrote:
A great band which I have never heard of outside of RP!

LLRP
 
Oh, you youngsters have SO much to learn.  But BillG is the ideal tutor.  Let's get busy ...
One of the most overlooked Traffic “jams”
 snelson056 wrote:
The album's title is actually:" As The Eagle Flies", a great piece of 1974 music.
 
Well, not according to Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_the_Eagle_Flies
A great band which I have never heard of outside of RP!

LLRP
7 -> 3
Refreshingly awesome. Thanks RP
Great track on a great album. This is what makes RP so damn good! 
Traffic Jam
its for not well known almost forgetten gems that i love RP especially for. A killer song, sheer perfection, timeless and still fresh..
One of the best. {#Hearteyes}
much skill and artistry...puts me in the right place
That bass line ... so simple and yet what a groove! 
 ON 4/20/2017; lizardking wrote:

I feel ya!  I'm giving a 9 (10s are special) which is pretty much the same as a 10 for me, the only main difference being that a 10-song and I have some sort of history together.  That being said, the reason I have limited history with this awesome track is that most "classic rock" stations wont play it at 6:31 in length, although I can probably get it for the 'Drive @ 5' on KZOK today after-work. 

 
Wow....wasn't that long ago that I was still listening to the FM station fairly regularly.  I'll still, once-in-a-while turn on the HD2 KZOK station for the commercial-less classic rock "deep cuts" where one might hear this. 

I'm also surprised at the lack of "Winwood's voice sucks" comments.  I'm not a big fan of his singing, although the music is so good it doesn't really matter (and still better than my singing a few octaves lower.)  Long Live RP!! PEACE OUT


Sooo good.  Chair groovin'  Another thank you nod to my older brothers....Traffic was and is wonderful...still going strong.  
9 —-> 10 today
 SquiddlyDiddly wrote:
Today, this is a perfect 10.

The president is crying, crying in the White House 
The prime minister's really got the blues 
All the heads of state are busy playing cat and mouse 
'Cause you can see none of them have ever paid their dues  

 
I feel ya!  I'm giving a 9 (10s are special) which is pretty much the same as a 10 for me, the only main difference being that a 10-song and I have some sort of history together.  That being said, the reason I have limited history with this awesome track is that most "classic rock" stations wont play it at 6:31 in length, although I can probably get it for the 'Drive @ 5' on KZOK today after-work. 
Today, this is a perfect 10.

The president is crying, crying in the White House 
The prime minister's really got the blues 
All the heads of state are busy playing cat and mouse 
'Cause you can see none of them have ever paid their dues  
{#Dance} what a treat! this whole album is zesty
That bass line & rhythm is all Motown soul. Creamy delicious.
What an under rated band.

Traffic & Steely Dan.

Boy, I would have loved to catch that tour.
Omg, listened to this fantastic album over and over - how easy it was for me to fall in love with Stevie's voice.  Thank you, thank you for playing this lovely masterpiece!!

   This hunter is an exception, he can't afford an ohh !
      Face to face with rhino, expected and unseen
          I take revenge by painting the sky black..
Great song man (bet the person who invented Velcro had this album, those talons are aimed right for that nappy hair-do)
 jpfueler wrote:
Bet if he kept at it the singer could have a decent career.
What?
Don't look at me like that.

 
I wasn't looking. I just assumed it was the drugs...


Bet if he kept at it the singer could have a decent career.
What?
Don't look at me like that.
My favorite Traffic album.  So much so that I just purchased a new vinyl copy.   1974; year I graduated high school.  -John
Sooo thankful for older brothers with good musical taste.  This is a gem!
The album's title is actually:" As The Eagle Flies", a great piece of 1974 music.
Nice timing, Bill! How did you know the weather here today? Winds sustained at 30, gusts to 50. 
The music these guys did was so different from what the other bands did. Lots of various influences. The flute work and parts by Chris Wood really set this band apart. So did Steve Winwood's voice...
 GTT wrote:
I thought I had all of the Traffic albums ... but not this one.  Never even heard of it, and it sounds great. 
As did I.  Wonderful find
I thought I had all of the Traffic albums ... but not this one.  Never even heard of it, and it sounds great.
Someone shoot that cat!!!
My kind of "Traffic"...
Great song, long before Steve Winwood sold out to Pop (If You See A Chance...)
 Shaken_Bake wrote:
Sublime

.{#Meditate}

 
Agreed...what an album....spare..... classic
Close my eyes and flying back in the seventies, where everthing seemed to be easy and possible!
Very nice, Stevie!
 rmurray248 wrote:
Nice mix of keyboards - drags out a little bit, though.
 
Um....yeah.
this hungry man was minutes ago in a classy (meaning: not sloppy) bbq joint where Stevie Wonder's "You haven't heard Nothin" was playing, oh so super cool, and then this classic piece comes to fill my senses!  Love it
These gentlemen conveyed so much within their spare arrangements.  Perhaps because of the 'space' in their music, one finds the ability to really appreciate each musician's skill and contribution to the whole.  Each of their albums still sounds good today.

Stated another way, the bass work in this ancient piece is a fabulous example of early funk/ska/reggae, and isn't it nice that the drums and piano don't overwhelm it? 
Nice!!
Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h!

(This was my earworm while I was out birding last Saturday morning.)
This album is phenomenal and, IMHO, has endured the test of time.  Thanks Bill.
An old favorite. LOVE hearing it tonight. {#Yes}

godlike, a ten all the way, love traffic, and this song is fantastic, thanks


From Dire Straits to Windwood to Rusted Root.  Truly RP, truly classy, thanks, Bill.
Great to hear Traffic.  How about the other 19 in the library Bill? {#Yes}
Traffic = 10+
Very very very nice!

SUPER-SUPER ALBUM!

Just fantastic!

 

TITLE: "WHEN THE EAGLY FLIES" (Bill!)


 Stropatus wrote:


I second that emotion
 
Thirded
Good Lord, this was overflowingly great when it came out and still stands as quite a masterpiece, I'd say! Reminds me of times we'd sit around enlightening ourselves with tunes like this and immersing our minds in fully-bent discussion of them — instead of the Calculus and Physics we were supposed to be studying! — and such are diversions that continue to this day to pay far better dividends for the effort!
One of my very favorite songs. I remember listening to this on KIKI in Honolulu in the mid 70's when they were a reasonably free form AM station.  Another great song they played was Van Morrison Autumn Song.
Thanks for playing this, it brings back pleasant memories.
 Horsechestnut wrote:
Not enough Traffic played. Not enough Steve Winwood played. Not enough Jim Capaldi played.

 

I second that emotion
The oldies really don't sound old at all on RP!  Traffic?   I give it an 8!
Nice segue, Bill, from Dire Straits-On Every St.!
Not enough Traffic played. Not enough Steve Winwood played. Not enough Jim Capaldi played.

Lovely.
Old bands always sound great!
Great song, Great Band.. Needs to be played way more often..
Bumping this from 7 to 8 - I'm liking it a LOT.  Then again, I always love to hear Traffic.{#Bounce}
I have this track from their 1974 album "When The Eagle Flies"
Very nice.
Gorgeous. Stevie my love. {#Laughing}
Sublime

.{#Meditate}
Nice to hear more Traffic - Its a shame this hasn't been played since 2002 til now!
Great conjunction, Bill -- Classic Traffic cover, then into the real thing.
Nice mix of keyboards - drags out a little bit, though.