Walk Away Renee

Words & Music by Bob Calilli, Michael (Brown) Lookofsky & Tony Sansone
Recorded by The Left Banke, 1966 (#5)

A         E/G#              Em/G           Bm/F#
And when I see the sign that     points one way,

Fdim       A    A9  A  AM7  D C#m7-5     B7
The lot we used to pass by     ev'   ry day,


A         F#m
Just walk away Renee,

    D                 A        E
You won't see me follow you back home.

A         F#m            D               AM7  F#m
The empty sidewalks on my block are not the same --

D     Bm7-5    A
You're not to blame.

A         E/G#                  Em/G              Bm/F#
From deep inside the tears that      I'm forced to cry,

Fdim         A    A9  A  AM7    D    C#m7-5     B7
From deep inside the pain that     I  chose to hide,

Repeat Refrain:

(Instrumental Interlude)

| F#m | F+ | F#m | D#m7-5 | Fdim | A/C# | D | B7 |

Repeat Refrain:

A             E/G#          Em/G        Bm/F#
Your name and mine inside a heart upon a wall

Fdim          A   A9  A   AM7   D         C#m7-5      B7
Still finds a way to haunt me,     though they're so small.

Repeat Refrain:

Most of this arrangement -- including all the instrumental interlude -- is taken almost intact from the version posted by the late Andrew Rogers in his collection Andrew's Ace 60s Tabs. Most often, if I play this, I use an instrumental verse in its place. The songs written by Michael Brown (real name Michael Lookofsky) and recorded by the short-lived group The Left Banke were a radical departure from the musical norms of the mid 60s. The rich and intricate harmonies were echoed by other groups such as The Association, The Mamas And The Papas, Spanky & Our Gang and others which followed them -- but all these lacked the classically-inspired instrumentation that set The Left Banke's work apart.

The lyric and guitar chord transcriptions on this site are the work of The Guitarguy and are intended for private study, research, or educational purposes only. Individual transcriptions are inspired by and and based upon the recorded versions cited, but are not necessarily exact replications of those recorded versions.