I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself

Dionne Warwick

Song Review by Stewart Mason

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
Here Where There Is Love 1967 Collectors' Choice Music 2:47
Dionne Warwick Collection 1976 Pickwick
Anthology (1962-1969) 1984 Rhino 2:46
25th Anniversary Collection: Dionne Warwick Sings the Great Bacharach & David 1988 Hallmark Recordings
The Dionne Warwick Collection: Her All-Time Greatest Hits 1989 Rhino 2:48
Walk On By: 20 Greatest Hits 1997 Audiophile Legends 2:47
Classic Song Book 1998 Crimson Productions 2:43
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 0:00
Songs of Hal David & Burt Bacharach 2003
Various Artists
Audiophile Legends 2:49
Essential: 40th Anniversary Tour Edition 2004 Warner Music 2:46
Walk On By: The Very Best of Dionne Warwick 2006 Rhino 2:44
The Love Collection 2008 Sony BMG 2:45
Essential Dionne Warwick 2011 Music Club Deluxe 2:45
Here I Am/Live In Paris/Here Where There Is Love/On Stage and In Movies 2014 Edsel 2:46
Playlist: The Best of Dionne Warwick 2016 Rhino
The Complete Scepter Singles 1962-1973 2023 Real Gone Music 2:46
Masterpieces Pair