Although a lot of critics have described Bacharach/David's songwriting as "the ultimate easy listening music," there are quite a few examples of some pretty outside songwriting, and "Lifetime of Loneliness" is certainly a case in point. Taken at a veritable funeral-march pace, Hal David's lyrics of sadness, pain, and regret are framed here by Bacharach's downright strange music. Oddball chord changes, eccentric key shifts, and other composition phenomena abound here, making this one of the weirdest songs the duo ever came up with. Yet, with all of its strangeness, the song hangs together quite well and has an undeniable eccentric beauty. Cut by Jackie DeShannon as a potential follow-up to "What the World Needs Now Is Love," it was way too advanced for its time and never made the Top 40. Arthur Lee of Love (a huge Bacharach/David fan) used the melodic base of this song for his quirky masterpiece "Que Vida" in 1966.