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Radio VIII, side A, track 6: “Don’t Walk Away” by Toni Childs

Oh, Toni Childs, long before there was Beyonce and her alter ego Rhonda Fierce or whatever the hell she calls herself, there was you and this song.  You want to talk fierce, Toni Childs, this is it.  There’s not a man alive who’d continue to walk away with that voice ripping after him.  Of all the songs I’ve ever listened to, this one is the best matched with lyrics and voice.  You really do sound like you’re ripping love out by the roots, and you can hear the anger and the fierceness in your voice while you’re doing it.

I’m not much of an outdoors guy, Toni Childs, but I’ve had to dig up a few big plants by the roots, and I’ve never heard a better metaphor for an ugly, painful break-up than this one.  It’s a tedious, frustrating, back-breaking process and just when you think you’ve got the whole damn thing dug up, there’s more roots just waiting, and they do not want to give up their hold.  By the time the process is finished, you’re sweaty and exhausted and all you want is to drink a beer and sleep for three days.  Sounds like a break-up to me.

“Don’t Walk Away”

Don’t walk away
(Ripping out the root of love)
Don’t walk away
(Ripping out the root of love)

Ay ay ay ya!

Tell me now
What is in my heart
The kind’a lies that have torn us apart
You lay down in the road baring your bloody soul
Don’t need no satisfaction
Guaranteed my main attraction
Ripping love out by the roots though my ghost is still with you
It hurts to watch you turn away so I’m tearin’ out the truth

Don’t walk away
(Ripping out the root of love)
Don’t walk away
(Ripping out the root of love)
Don’t walk away
(Ripping out the root of love)
Don’t walk away
(Ripping out the root of love)
Time passes slowly
Time passes on
Waiting for my man to call when there’s no man at all
Do I stand here waitin’ for the earth ta turn to dust
Give up my passion
Rendering my lust or do I walk away
(Ripping out the root of love)
Don’t walk away
(Ripping out the root of love)
Don’t walk away
(Ripping out the root of love)
Ripping out the root of love
Ripping out the root of love

Yeah
Yeah
Yeah yeah
Don’t walk away
(Ripping out the root of love)
Don’t walk away
(Ripping out the root of love)
Don’t walk away
(Ripping out the root of love)
Don’t walk away
(Ripping out the root of love)
Ripping love out by the roots though my ghost is still with you
It hurts to watch you turn away so I’m tearin’ out the truth
(Yaaaaa!!!)
Don’t walk away
(Ripping out the root of love)
Don’t walk away
(Ripping out the root of love)
Don’t walk away
(Ripping out the root of love)
Don’t walk away

Don’t walk away
(Ripping out the root of love)
Don’t walk away
(Ripping out the root of love)
Don’t walk away
(Ripping out the root of love)
Don’t walk away
(Ripping out the root of love)

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