Walk Away (Franz Ferdinand song)

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"Walk Away"
Single by Franz Ferdinand
from the album You Could Have It So Much Better
B-side "Sexy Boy"
Released 5 December 2005
Format 7", CD, DVD
Recorded 2005
Genre Indie rock, post-punk revival
Length 3:36
Label Domino
Writer(s) Alex Kapranos, Nick McCarthy, Robert Hardy, Paul Thomson
Producer(s) Rich Costey
Franz Ferdinand singles chronology
"Do You Want To"
"Walk Away"
"The Fallen / L. Wells"
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"Walk Away" is a song by Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand and is featured on their second album, You Could Have It So Much Better. It was released 5 December 2005 as the second single from that album in the UK, entering the UK Singles Chart at #13 a week later (see 2005 in British music). The riff of the song is similar to the Kraftwerk song "Das Model".

Background and recording[edit]

The video for the song premiered 4 November 2005 on Channel 4.

During the Exit festival in Novi Sad, Serbia on 6 July 2006 Alexander Kapranos explained that the song was dedicated to Gavrilo Princip, a Serbian-Bosnian assassin who shot the Archduke Franz Ferdinand. He said: "Serbians! There's one Serbian who's particularly dear to us. His name is Gavrilo Princip. This song is dedicated to him!"[citation needed].

Track listings[edit]

All tracks written by Franz Ferdinand, except where noted.

  • 7" RUG215
  1. "Walk Away" - 3:36
  2. "The Fallen" (acoustic version) - 2:44
  • CD RUG215CD
  1. "Walk Away" - 3:36
  2. "Sexy Boy" (Air Cover) (Jean-Benoît Dunckel, Nicolas Godin) - 3:40
  1. "Walk Away" (video)
  2. "Walk Away" (making of video)
  3. "This Boy" (live in Edinburgh)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
UK Singles Charts 13
Polish Singles Chart[1] 7
Irish Singles Charts 46
German Singles Charts 96


  • Artwork By [Design] - Matthew Cooper
  • Artwork By [Photography] - Mads Perch-Nielsen
  • Engineer - Carl Granville
  • Mixed By - Parker*
  • Producer - Franz Ferdinand, Rich Costey (tracks: 1)


  • Franz Ferdinand release their first cover version with their take on AIR's 'Sexy Boy'.


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