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.