Dionne Warwick

The Windows of the World

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Besides "What the World Needs Now Is Love," "Windows of the World" is probably the most overt "message" song that the songwriting duo of Bacharach/David ever wrote. Lyrically, Hal David's take on the Vietnam war succeeds precisely because it is such a gentle message and doesn't knock the listener over the head with its statement. In this area, the only song that comes close is Stephen Stills' "For What It's Worth." The lyrics are framed by some easy, yet highly effective series of chord changes that capture the melancholy of the lyric perfectly. Although Dionne Warwick's timely version (which went Top 40 in the summer of 1967) is at the top of the heap, the song was covered very effectively by the Pretenders in 1989 for the film 1969.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Windows of the World 1967 Rhino 3:22
No Image 1976 Pickwick
At Her Very Best 1989 Pair 3:17
The Dionne Warwick Collection: Her All-Time Greatest Hits 1989 Rhino 3:19
Anthology (1962-1969) 1991 Rhino 3:17
Walk on By: 20 Greatest Hits 1997 Ape House Ltd. / Audiophile Legends 3:18
Classic Song Book 1998 Crimson Productions 3:17
Definitive Collection 1999 Arista 3:18
The Very Best of Dionne Warwick [Rhino] 2000 Rhino 3:20
No Image 2001 Empire Music Group Inc. 3:19
Heartbreaker: The Very Best of Dionne Warwick 2002 Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp. / WEA International 0:00
Windows of the World/Valley of the Dolls 2004 Rhino 3:23
Essential Dionne Warwick 2011 Music Club Deluxe 3:18
The Windows of the World/In the Valley of the Dolls/Promises, Promises/Soulful 2014 Edsel 3:19
Gettin' Together: Groovy Sounds From the Summer of Love
Various Artists
GC / Rhino
No Image Charly Records