Jackie DeShannon

Lifetime of Loneliness

Composed by Burt Bacharach / Hal David

Song Review by

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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Are You Ready for This? 1966 RPM 2:36
What the World Needs Now Is Love 1968 Toshiba EMI 2:34
Good as Gold! 1990 Pair
No Image 1992 Cema
What the World Needs Now Is... Jackie DeShannon: The Definitive Collection 1994 EMI Legends of Rock 'N' Roll Series / EMI Music Distribution 2:34
Best Of...1958-1980: Come and Get Me 2000 Raven
Classic Masters 2002 Capitol 2:37
The Best of Jackie DeShannon[EMI-Capitol Special Markets] 2003 CEMA Special Markets / EMI-Capitol Special Markets 2:35
Don't Turn Your Back on Me/This Is Jackie DeShannon 2005 Beat Goes On 2:37
Come and Get Me: The Complete Liberty and Imperial Singles, Vol. 2 2011 Ace / Ace UK 2:42
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