I’ve always thought of “Walk Like A Man” as a companion piece to Independence Day. Here we have Bruce looking back into the past, drawing a line all the way to when he was a little kid walking in his dad’s footprints … and then walking the line back through their points of contention to the present day. The distance between them, both in time and experience, is frozen with the lines:
Well I was young and I didn’t know what to do
When I saw your best steps stolen away from you.
It’s not easy to write a simple lyric with so much power.
Per usual, I’ve found a live version (I still can’t believe I missed the Devils & Dust tour) of this that keeps the original on the shelf (where it belongs, what with those horrid keyboard lines).
Up next: Tunnel Of Love