Dionne Warwick

Do You Know the Way to San Jose

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Like "Send a Message to Martha (Michael)," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" captures the theme of reaching for success (most likely in the entertainment business -- and definitely in Hollywood) only to find pitfalls. The sense of escapism is paramount here, and Bacharach and David capture this with a lighthearted wink and a wonderful sense of style. Musically, it's a pop ballad with a vague Motown thrust. The abundance of a larger than "normal" number of major chords here makes it a slightly unusual piece for Bacharach. The momentum is par for the (amazing) course. David's lyric frames the music delightfully, and the slight sense of sarcasm is absolutely delicious. Another added trademark -- especially with this songwriting team -- is the sense of geography, something that these two writers were already expert at. Again, a true pop standard, but the hit version by Dionne Warwick is the most definitive.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Valley of the Dolls 1968 Rhino
No Image 1976 Pickwick
No Image 1988 Hallmark Recordings
The Burt Bacharach Songbook [Connoisseur] 1988
Various Artists
Connoisseur 2:57
At Her Very Best 1989 Pair 2:57
The Dionne Warwick Collection: Her All-Time Greatest Hits 1989 Rhino 2:58
The Love Songs [Arista 1989] 1989 Arista 2:56
AM Gold: 1968 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:55
No Image 1990
Various Artists
Anthology (1962-1969) 1991 Rhino 2:55
Her Greatest Hits 1992 Special Music Company / Pair 2:57
San Francisco: With Fond Memories 1995
Various Artists
City Songs 2:54
Best Sixties Album in the World Ever 1995
Various Artists
The Look of Love: The Classic Songs of Burt Bacharach 1996
Various Artists
Polygram 2:56
Walk on By: 20 Greatest Hits 1997 Ape House Ltd. / Audiophile Legends 2:56
I Say a Little Prayer: More Classic Songs 1998 Curb 2:54
No Image 1998
Original Soundtrack
Capitol / EMI Records 2:53
Dionne Sings Dionne 1998 River North 5:37
60's Girl Power 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:55
Classic Song Book 1998 Crimson Productions 2:51
The Look of Love: The Burt Bacharach Collection 1998 Rhino 2:55
Jukebox Hits of 1968, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
DJ Specialist 2:57
Songs of Burt Bacharach 1999
Various Artists
Polygram 2:56
Definitive Collection 1999 Arista 2:56
The Love Songs of Burt Bacharach [Universal] 2000
Various Artists
Sammel 2:54
The Very Best of Dionne Warwick [Rhino] 2000 Rhino 2:57
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Heartland Productions, Inc. 2:52
Planet Groove: The Shaun Ryder Session 2001 PLANET GRO 2:57
The Very Best of Burt Bacharach [Rhino] 2001 Warner Bros. / Rhino 2:56
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:57
No Image 2001 Empire Music Group Inc. 2:59
Groovy 60's 2001
Various Artists
Medalist Entertainment 2:54
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Realm Records 2:57
Viva Las Vegas [Universal International] 2002
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 2:50
Heartbreaker: The Very Best of Dionne Warwick 2002 Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp. / WEA International 0:00
Songs of Hal David & Burt Bacharach 2003
Various Artists
Audiophile Legends 2:58
I Say a Little Prayer and Other Hits 2003 Rhino Flashback 2:57
Essential: 40th Anniversary Tour Edition 2004 Warner Music 2:56
Back 2 Back [Double Play] 2004 Masters / Double Play Records 4:01
Windows of the World/Valley of the Dolls 2004 Rhino 2:50
Leaders of the Pack: The Very Best of the 60's Girls [Universal] 2004
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 2:53
Rhino Hi-Five: Dionne Warwick 2005 Rhino / Sceptre 2:59
Walk on By: The Very Best of Dionne Warwick 2006 Rhino 2:54
Gold 2006 Hip-O 2:54
Heartbeat Summer 2007
Various Artists
Virgin 2:57
The Love Collection 2008 Sony BMG 2:55
Magic Moments: The Definitive Collection 2008 Rhino 2:55
Theme Time Radio Hour: Season 2 2009
Various Artists
Ace 2:56
100 Hits: Sixties Pop 2010
Various Artists
100 Hits 2:56
100 Hits: Mum 2010
Various Artists
100 Hits 2:57
Pop Memories of the 60s [Time-Life Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:55
No Image 2011 BMG / Sony Music / Sony Music Distribution 5:14
Essential Dionne Warwick 2011 Music Club Deluxe 2:55
Flashback 2011 Flashback Records / Rhino / Rhino Flashback 2:54
The Windows of the World/In the Valley of the Dolls/Promises, Promises/Soulful 2014 Edsel 2:59
Playlist: The Best of Dionne Warwick 2016 Rhino
Summer of Love [2017] 2017
Various Artists
Rhino 2:56
Odds & Ends: Scepter Records Rarities 2018 Real Gone Music 2:57
An Introduction To 2018 Flashback / Flashback Records / Rhino 2:57
Jon Savage's 1968: The Year the World Burned 2018
Various Artists
Ace 2:57
She's Back 2019 eOne 5:35
'60s Summer of Love [UMOD]
Various Artists
UMOD / Universal 2:59
300 Hits: Saturday Night Party
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 5:16
Absolute Unforgettable Classics, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Easy Listening Classics: Time Life's Movie Classics
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:55
Happy Mother's Day
Various Artists
Rhino 2:59
Mum: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino 2:57
No Image Charly Records
Radio Air Play, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Warner Music 2:59
Saturday Night Party: Latin Party
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 5:16