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Walk a Mile in My Shoes





Joe South wrote Walk a Mile in My Shoes in 1969 and recorded it later that year. His recording (Capitol 2704) peaked at #12 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and #3 on the Easy-Listening chart in early 1970. Later in 1970, Willie Hightower released a version of Walk a Mile in My Shoes (Fame 1465) that was a moderate rhythm & blues hit.


While Joe South's version was riding the charts, Elvis began incorporating Walk a Mile in My Shoes into his concert appearances. RCA recorded his February 18, 1970, show at the International Hotel in Las Vegas.



If I could be you, if you could be me f
or just one hour

If we could find a way to get inside each other's mind
If you could see you through my eyes instead your own ego

I believe you'd be, I believe you'd be surprised to see that you've been blind

1. Walk a mile in my shoes
Just walk a mile in my shoes
Yeah, before you abuse, criticize and accuse
Just walk a mile in my shoes

Now if we spend the day throwin' stones at one another
'Cause I don't think, 'cause I don't think or wear my hair the same way you do
Well, I may be common people but I'm your brother
And when you strike out to try to hurt me, it's hurtin' you, Lord have mercy

1. (repeat)

Now there are people on reservations and out in the ghetto
And brother there, before the grace of God go you and I
If I only had the wings of a little angel

Don't you know I'd fly to the top of a mountain and then I'd cry, cry, cry


1. (repeat)


Where it was released:

First released on On Stage »



- On Stage (1970) »

- Legendary Concert Performances (1978) »

- The Legendary Recordings of Elvis (1979) »

- Walk a Mile in My Shoes – The Essential 70’s Masters (1995)

- That’s the Way It Is – Special Edition (2000)

- Country Rock (2001)

- Live in Las Vegas (2001)

- Today Tomorrow and Forever (2002)

- Polk Salad Annie (2004) - FTD »

- Live From Las Vegas (2005)

- Elvis Live (2006)

- Writing for the King (2006) - FTD »

- Elvis – Viva Las Vegas (2007)

- Viva Las Vegas (2007)

- On Stage - February, 1970 (2012) - FTD »

– The On Stage Season (2013) - FTD »

– Off-On Stage (2018) - FTD »

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