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"Walking the Cow" is a song written and recorded by singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston from his 1983 album Hi, How Are You. The title was inspired by an illustration on a wrapper for Blue Bell ice cream depicting a young girl attempting to lead a reluctant cow by its reins.[1]

"Walking the Cow"
Song by Daniel Johnston
from the album Hi, How Are You
GenreIndie rock, lo-fi, outsider
LabelStress Records
Songwriter(s)Daniel Johnston

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.[2] Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder used the song to open every show of his 2008 solo tour.[3] It was covered by TV on the Radio on the 2004 album The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered. It was also covered by A Camp on their album A Camp in 2001,[4] Firehose on Flyin' the Flannel, The Reivers as a bonus track on the CD release of Translate Slowly,[5] and the 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.[6] The song was covered by Mike Watt which opens his live recording album Ring Spiel Tour '95 (Live) released in 2016.

Daniel Johnston did an updated version of the song on his 2010 album Beam Me Up![7][8]


  1. ^ Yazdani, Tarssa; Goede, Dan (2006). Hi, How Are You?: The Life, Art & Music of Daniel Johnston. San Francisco: Last Gasp. p. 56. ISBN 978-086719-667-2.
  2. ^ "Answers - The Most Trusted Place for Answering Life's Questions".
  3. ^ "Flashback: Pearl Jam Cover Daniel Johnston's 'Walking the Cow'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Walking the Cow Lyrics - A Camp". LyricsBox.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Houle, Zachary (18 June 2010). "Daniel Johnston and BEAM: Beam Me Up!!". PopMatters. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  8. ^ Dorof, Jakob (April 2013). "Daniel Johnston - Beam Me Up!". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 25 April 2013.

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