"Take a Walk" is a song by American indietronica band Passion Pit from their second studio album, Gossamer (2012). The song was written and produced by the band's frontman Michael Angelakos, with Chris Zane providing co-production. It was released as the lead single from the album in May 2012.
"Take a Walk" was written by Michael Angelakos, lead singer and keyboardist of Passion Pit. The song's lyrical content depicts a businessman burdened by financial troubles. According to Angelakos, each verse of the song is based upon a certain member of his family at one point in his or her life.
The song appeared in a commercial by fast food chain Taco Bell advertising their Doritos Locos. Reception by the band's fan base to the song's use in the commercial was mixed. Angelakos defended the use of "Take a Walk" in the commercial, explaining: "It's not about promoting celebrities or giant corporations or anything like that. It’s just airtime…It's an amazing opportunity. And, honestly, you take what you can get. I say no to about 90 percent of the offers, but we just want people to hear the music at the end of the day."
In Season 3, Episode 3 ("Main Justice") of The Newsroom, the song is playing in the background when MacKenzie is approached by Neal's source during the Correspondent's Dinner.
"Take a Walk" was featured in the video game Forza Horizon as one of 22 tracks played on Horizon Pulse, an in-game radio station.
The song appeared in the 2013 remake of Carrie and was featured on its soundtrack.
The music video for "Take a Walk" was directed by David Wilson in collaboration with the Creators Project. The video is seen from the perspective of a ball as it bounces across several locations in and around Philadelphia, including a suburban neighborhood, farmland, Fairmount Park, and various parts of the city. Advanced helicam technology was utilized in the production of the video in order to achieve the effect.