Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: Dionne Warwick, "Promises, Promises"

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Today’s Prompt: Promise/Vow/Oath

In 1968, Burt Bacharach and Hal David collaborated with playwright Neil Simon to create the musical Promises, Promises. Based on the 1960 film The Apartment starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray, the original Broadway production starred Jerry Orbach, Jill O’Hara, and Edward Winter, respectively. It opened on December 1, 1968 and ran until January 1, 1972, for a total of 1,281 performances. Additionally, it ran in the West End for 560 performances in 1969. It was revived in 2010 with the Bacharach/David songs "I Say A Little Prayer" and "A House Is Not A Home" added to the score.

Whenever you think Bacharach and David, you naturally think of Dionne Warwick, who sang demos for them early in her career and is perhaps the greatest interpreter of their music. Most of her hits in the mid- and late 1960’s were written by Burt and Hal. She recorded "Promises, Promises" in 1968, and it reached #19 on the Hot 100, #47 on the R&B chart, #7 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and #8 in Canada.

The lyrics, courtesy of AZLyrics:

Oh, promises, promises
I’m all through with promises, promises now
I don’t know how I got the nerve to walk out
If I shout, remember I feel free
Now I can look at myself and be proud
I’m laughing out loud

Oh, promises, promises
This is where those promises, promises end
I don’t pretend that what was wrong can be right
Every night I sleep now, no more lies
Things that I promised myself fell apart
But I found my heart

Oh, promises, their kind of promises, can just destroy a life
Oh, promises, those kind of promises, take all the joy from life
Oh, promises, promises, my kind of promises
Can lead to joy and hope and love
Yes, love!!

Every night I sleep now, no more lies
Things that I promised myself fell apart
But I found my heart

Oh, promises, their kind of promises can just destroy a life
Oh, promises, those kind of promises take all the joy from life
Oh, promises, promises, my kind of promises
Can lead to joy and hope and love
Yes, love!!

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for March 22, 2020.

29 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: Dionne Warwick, "Promises, Promises"

    1. I never saw the show, but the music is great. Maybe one of the colleges nearby will put the show on. As for the song, Dionne Warwick always sings Bacharach & David so well. Cilla Black is another, although she didn’t do this one, nor did Dusty Springfield. They’re really great songs.

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  1. I’m glad we picked different songs because I get to hear this upbeat gem. I’ll have to add it to my walking playlist. So good! Thanks for sharing 😊

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    1. Bacharach and David wrote some great songs. I put them in the same category as Henry Mancini, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Rodgers and Hart/Hammerstein, and the Gershwins, to name but a few.

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