Dionne Warwick

I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself

Composed by Burt Bacharach / Hal David

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Though some might argue that Dusty Springfield's somewhat better-known version of the song is the definitive take, Dionne Warwick's 1966 single has the edge in terms of emotional fidelity. The preternaturally self-assured Springfield doesn't have Warwick's ability to put across vulnerability without falling into the trap of whiny victimhood. Although her masterful performance of "Walk On By" is the pinnacle of this particular set of emotions, Warwick manages to deliver Hal David's somewhat overwrought lyrics with a full complement of feelings while remaining this side of mawkishness. Burt Bacharach's oddly strident arrangement fits the lyrics oddly, although it's true to the shape of the melody. The peculiar way that the song unexpectedly trails off into nothingness rather than diving in for the big orchestral kill as the listener expects is a rather brilliant stroke, early evidence of the somewhat more experimental stance Bacharach was starting to take with his arrangements.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1976 Pickwick
At Her Very Best 1989 Pair 2:43
The Dionne Warwick Collection: Her All-Time Greatest Hits 1989 Rhino / Sceptre 2:49
Anthology (1962-1969) 1991 Rhino 2:46
Here I Am/Here Where There is Love 1996 Castle Music Ltd. 2:47
Walk on By: 20 Greatest Hits 1997 Ape House Ltd. / Audiophile Legends 2:47
Classic Song Book 1998 Crimson Productions
Definitive Collection 1999 Globa
Walk on By: The Definitive Dionne Warwick Collection 2000 Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp.
I Say a Little Prayer: The Bacharach & David Songbook 2001 Empire Music Group Inc. 2:47
Heartbreaker: The Very Best of Dionne Warwick 2002 Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp. / WEA International
Essential: 40th Anniversary Tour Edition 2004 Warner Music 2:46
Playlist: The Best of Dionne Warwick 2016 Rhino 2:47
No Image Bescol
No Image Charly Records
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