Ray’s sodden grief is so public it draws spectators to their windows to gawp at a walking portrait of misery. A shame then – perhaps – that the song starts with a jaunty whistle and Johnnie wolfishly confessing that he’s “getting soakin’ wet”. The whistle persists, meaning that “Just Walking” is never as wracked as it might have been. But maybe that’s the point – if you take your broken heart onto the streets it’s because you want somebody to take notice of it. (Especially if you bring your mates along to sing smooth backing vocals – Ray might have been sad but they make sure his audience has a pretty fine time.)

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