Walking the Cow

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"Walking the Cow"
Song by Daniel Johnston from the album Hi, How Are You
Released 1983
Genre Indie rock, lo-fi, outsider
Length 3:35
Label Stress Records
Writer(s) Daniel Johnston
Language English

Walking the Cow is a song written and recorded by singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston, from his 1983 album Hi, How Are You.

In October 1994, Pearl Jam covered the song in a performance at Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit concert, and this subsequently became available on the bootleg album In Rock We Trust.[1]

Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder used the song to open every show of his 2008 solo tour.

It was covered by TV on the Radio on the 2004 cover/compilation album The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered.

It was also covered by Swedish group A Camp from their album A Camp in 2001,[2] Firehose on Flyin' the Flannel, The Reivers (a bonus track on the CD release of Translate Slowly),[3] and the Austin Texas surf rock band Whirled Peas on their 1994 release "War and Peas".

The song was covered by Kathy McCarty of Glass Eye on her Daniel Johnston tribute album Dead Dog's Eyeball.[4]

The song Walking the Cow has also given its name to an Italian avant-folk band, the Walking the Cow, who released an album titled Monsters Are Easy To Draw for a label called White Birch in 2012.

Daniel Johnston himself has done an updated version of the song on his 2010 album, Beam Me Up![5][6]


  1. ^ "In Rock We Trust", Answers.com
  2. ^ A Camp - "Walking the Cow", LyricsBox.com
  3. ^ Jason Cohen, "A Songwriter's Struggle", Austin Chronicle, September 18, 1992, reprinted in The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology (University of Texas Press, 2011), ISBN 978-0292722705, p. 114. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  4. ^ Chris Walters, "Kathy McCarty: From Glass Eye to Dead Dog's Eyeball", Austin Chronicle, September 16, 1994, reprinted in The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology (University of Texas Press, 2011), ISBN 978-0292722705, p. 140. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  5. ^ Houle, Zachary (18 June 2010). "Daniel Johnston and BEAM: Beam Me Up!!". PopMatters. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Dorof, Jakob (April 2013). "Daniel Johnston - Beam Me Up!". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 

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