|Single by Bucky Covington|
|from the album Bucky Covington|
|Released||April 28, 2008|
|Length||3:30 (album version)
3:20 (single version)
|Writer(s)||Brent Wilson, Lonnie Fowler|
|Bucky Covington singles chronology|
"I'll Walk" is a song written by Brent Wilson and Lonnie Fowler, and recorded by American country music artist Bucky Covington. It was released in April 2008 as the third single from his self-titled debut album, and the third consecutive Top 20 country chart entry of his career.
The song is a mid-tempo ballad built around the phrase "I'll walk," which is used in three different contexts within the story. In the first verse, the male narrator has an argument with his girlfriend while driving home from a high school prom, causing her to exit the car and tell him "I'll walk" (i.e., that she will walk home instead of having him drive home). In the second verse, she is hit by a vehicle, of whom its driver could not see her while coming around a curve due to her black dress. The boyfriend then rushes to the hospital to see her after having been told about the accident and that her legs have been crippled. Standing at the hospital bed, the male is then told again by his girl that she will walk, even after being informed about her crippled legs. The male explains in the bridge that he stood by her while she was injured and in the hospital. Finally in the third verse, the man and woman have reconciled and are about to get married. The woman, in a wheelchair, looks up to her father at the wedding, telling him that she will walk, instead of being pushed down the aisle in her wheelchair.
The song has received mixed reviews. The song was labeled "thumbs down" and "a solid offering" on two different reviews from the same country music site Engine 145. Reviewer Brady Vercher describes the song as a "tired formula with a happy ending," saying "it's been done before with better writing and a better delivery" which is in contradiction to Vercher's "solid offering" comment made regarding the same song a year earlier.
"I'll Walk" peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, giving Covington his third consecutive top twenty, and second Top Ten hit from his debut album.
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||10|
|US Billboard Hot 100||70|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||51|
- Vercher, Brady (2007-04-17). "Bucky Covington review". Engine 145.
- Vercher, Brady (2008-04-21). "Bucky Covington - "I'll Walk"". Engine 145.
- "Bucky Covington – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Bucky Covington.
- "Bucky Covington – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Bucky Covington.
- "Best of 2008: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2008. Retrieved December 13, 2008.