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"Walk On"
Single by U2
from the album All That You Can't Leave Behind
Released 19 November 2001
Format CD single and DVD single
Genre Rock
Length 4:56 (Album version)
4:11 (Single version)
Label Island / Interscope Records
Producer Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno
U2 singles chronology
"Walk On"
"Electrical Storm"
Music video
"Walk On" at YouTube (requires Adobe Flash)

"Walk On" is the fourth single from U2's 2000 album, All That You Can't Leave Behind. The song was written about Aung San Suu Kyi. It won the "Grammy Award for Record of the Year" in 2002, marking the first time an artist had won the award for songs from the same album in consecutive years.



The song was written about and dedicated to Aung San Suu Kyi. It is written in the form of a supporting, uplifting anthem, praising her for her activism and fighting for freedom in Burma. She has been intermittently under house arrest since 1989 for her efforts. Due to the political tribute of this album, those in Burma caught with possession of either the single for this song or the album All That You Can't Leave Behind could face a prison sentence lasting between three and twenty years.[1]

The title of All That You Can't Leave Behind come from the lyrics of this song: The only baggage you can bring / is all that you can't leave behind. "Walk On" was originally two different songs that, according to Adam Clayton, had great riffs but sounded terrible separately. The band combined them, and ended up with one of their most uplifting songs.

The song took on further renewed meaning, following the September 11th attacks in 2001, as a cry by Americans to remain strong and united as a country. Consequently, it was performed on America: A Tribute to Heroes,[2] a performance that earned the band a Grammy nomination. The first live performance following September 11 was at the University of Notre Dame, where the band brought out members of the New York City Police and Fire Departments.

The song's uplifting nature led to it being used to frequently close concerts during the Elevation Tour. Live versions of the song were released on the concert films Elevation 2001: Live from Boston and U2 Go Home: Live from Slane Castle.

Music videos

"Walk On" has two videos, an international version, filmed in Rio de Janeiro in November 2000, and a US version, filmed in London in February 2001. Both are featured on the U218 Videos DVD.

Live history

A fan wearing a Suu Kyi mask at a U2 360° Tour concert in Toronto.

"Walk On" was played on almost every Elevation Tour show as a closing song. During the Vertigo Tour it appeared rarely, typically in an acoustic format. It was snippeted after "Running to Stand Still" on the Vertigo Tour at the dates closest to 19 June, the birthday of Aung San Suu Kyi. The song is a regular part of the setlist for the U2 360° Tour. Prior to the tour, the band asked fans to bring masks of Suu Kyi to concerts and wear them during performances of "Walk On" in her support.[3]

Track listings

"Walk On" was released on 19 November in the UK and Europe and on 26 November in Australia.


Version 1

  1. "Walk On" (Edit) (4:28)
  2. "Beautiful Day" (Live from (4:48)
  3. "New York" (Live from (6:01)

This is the first Canadian CD single.

Version 2

  1. "Walk On" (Edit) (4:28)
  2. "Big Girls are Best" (3:37)
  3. "Beautiful Day" (Quincey and Sonance Mix) (7:55)

This is the second Canadian CD single.

Version 3

  1. "Walk On" (Edit) (4:28)
  2. "Where the Streets Have No Name" (Live from Boston) (6:02)
  3. "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)" (Live from Toronto) (5:39)

This is the first CD version released on the UK and Europe. An Australian version also featured "Gone" (Live from Boston).

Version 4

  1. "Walk On" (Single Version) (4:11)
  2. "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" (Acoustic Version) (3:43)
  3. "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" (US Video) (4:27)

This was a Enhanced CD edition, also released in the UK and Europe. Again, the Australian version had an extra track, "Elevation" (Vandit Club Mix).

Version 5

  1. "Walk On" (Single Version) (4:11)
  2. "Walk On" (Europe Video)
  3. "4 x 30s Clips from Elevation 2001 DVD"

This is the DVD edition.


The song has been covered by Darlene Zschech on her Kiss of Heaven album.


Chart (2001) Peak
Irish Singles Chart[4] 7


  1. ^ "U2's Criminal Record". NME. 2000-11-24. Retrieved 2009-01-09.  
  2. ^ "2001-09-21: BBC Studios - London, England". Retrieved 2009-01-09.  
  3. ^ "U2 asks fans to support Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi". Associated Press. 2009-07-04. Retrieved 2009-09-22.  
  4. ^ "Irish Singles Chart". The Irish Charts. Retrieved 2009-11-23.   Note: U2 must be searched manually.

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