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Dionne Warwick – Walk On By

Walk On By” is a song composed by Burt Bacharach, with lyrics by Hal David. The song was originally recorded by Dionne Warwick. “Walk On By” has charted numerous times in various countries, with wildly different arrangements. The original version of “Walk On By” was recorded at the same December 1963 session that yielded her hit “Anyone Who Had a Heart”. “Walk On By” was the follow-up to that single, released in April 1964 and reaching #6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Cashbox’s R&B chart. (Billboard did not print rhythm and blues charts during 1964, the year of the song’s peak performance.) The song also reached the top 10 in a brief run on Billboard’s easy listening survey. The song was ranked #70 on the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Warwick also recorded a German version of the song, entitled “Geh Vorbei”. Wikipedia®.

Dionne Warwick – Walk On By

This was released as the B-side to Warwick’s single “Any Old Time Of The Day.” She’d had several releases that went nowhere, and her latest tune was, in the opinion of her label, her manager, and herself, her last shot at making the Top 40. Murray the K, whose show on radio station WINS was the top-rated program in New York, wouldn’t play it. No matter how many people called and pleaded with him, he played the B-side instead because he knew that was the tune with potential. Warwick’s record company wasn’t happy with this, but listeners agreed with Murray and “Walk On By” became the hit. (thanks to Peter at the Murray the K archives). Songfacts®.

Dionne Warwick – Walk On By Lyrics:
If you see me walking down the street.
And I start to cry each time we meet.
Walk on by, walk on by.

Make believe.
That you don’t see the tears.
Just let me grieve.
In private ’cause each time I see you.
I break down and cry.
And walk on by (Don’t stop).
And walk on by (Don’t stop).
And walk on by.

I just can’t get over losing you.
And so if I seem broken and blue.
Walk on by, walk on by.

Foolish pride.
Is all that I have left.
So let me hide.
The tears and the sadness you gave me.
When you said goodbye.
Walk on by.
And walk on by.
And walk by (Don’t stop).

Walk on by, walk on by.
Foolish pride.
Is all that I have left.
So let me hide.
The tears and the sadness you gave me.
When you said goodbye.
Walk on by (Don’t stop).
And walk on by (Don’t stop).
And walk by (Don’t stop).

Dionne Warwick – Walk on by (1964)

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