Composer John Barry
Lyricist Don Black
Year Written 1971
About Walkabout
“Walkabout” is from the Nicholas Roeg film of the same name, released in 1971. The film concerns two children abandoned by their crazy father in the Australian outback. They meet Aborginal youth, who is on a “walkabout,” a ritualistic separation from his tribe.


And as you wander on
Reflect and ponder on
The dreams today forgot to bring

Go somewhere where you’re out of reach
Find a distant beach
Where the wind blows freely
Walkabout with me

And learn unwinding ways
We’ll share spellbinding days

You’ll know if hummingbirds are shy
And when you see a butterfly
Scribbling ‘cross the sky
You will wonder, “Why?”

Come, let’s walkabout

Session / Album Information


“Walkabout” was recorded on August 11, 1971 and released the following year on the album Summer of ’42. It was also released as a single in 1971. “Walkabout” was arranged by Robert Farnon and produced by Teo Macero.

This recording released on:

  • 1971: Columbia 45: 4-45449
  • 1972: Columbia LP 12″: C 31219 — Summer Of ’42
  • 1972: CBS LP 12″: S64848 — Summer Of ’42 (UK)
  • 2011: Disc #43 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK42) Summer of ’42

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