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Walk On By
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Walk On By

Dionne Warwick
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Song Meaning and Background of Walk On By from Dionne Warwick


Early in her career, Warwick worked as a backing singer and recorded demos for Burt Bacharach and Hal David, two songwriters.


This dejected classic, which concluded a string of recordings in which she portrayed the beseeching lover, cemented her fame. It was originally consigned to the B side of "Any Old Time of the Day," but New York DJ Murray the K encouraged listeners to vote on the single's two sides.


The result was a depressing ballad with a bossa nova tempo. The winning version rose to the top of the charts during the euphoric Beatlemania, which unintentionally served as a counterbalance for "Walk on By's" quiet tenacity. "I didn't get the guy very often in those days," Warwick remarked.



Lyrics and Guitar Chords for Walk On By


        (Capo 1st fret.)

#1.

Am7

If you see me walkin’ down the street,

    D          Am7  D            Am7

and I start to cry, each time we meet.

D       Gm7   Am7     Gm7

Walk on by....walk on by.

Am7               Dm

Make believe that you don’t see the tears,

     Am7              Bb                         C

just let me grieve in private, cause each time I see you,

                 Fmaj7

I break down and cry...

Bb      Fmaj7       Bb             Fmaj7      Bb

Walk on by,  (Don’t stop.) Walk on by, (Don’t stop.)

Bb      Fmaj7

Walk on by.

 

#2.

Am7

I just can’t get over losin’ you,

    D       Am7   D          Am7

and so if I seem, broken and blue.

D       Gm7  Am7     Gm7

Walk on by...Walk on by...

Am7               Dm                       Am7

Foolish pride..Is all that I have left, so let me hide,

    Bb                        C

the tears and the sadness you gave me,

                  Fmaj7

when you said goodbye.


Bb      Fmaj7      Bb            Fmaj7      Bb

Walk on by, (Don’t stop) Walk on by, (Don’t stop)


            Fmaj7 Bb Fmaj7

and walk on by...

 

#3.

Am7

I just can’t get over losin’ you,

    D       Am7   D          Am7

and so if I seem, broken and blue.

D       Gm7  Am7     Gm7

Walk on by...Walk on by...

Am7               Dm                       Am7

Foolish pride..Is all that I have left, so let me hide,

    Bb                        C

the tears and the sadness you gave me,

                  Fmaj7

when you said goodbye.


Bb      Fmaj7      Bb            Fmaj7      Bb

Walk on by, (Don’t stop) Walk on by, (Don’t stop)


            Fmaj7 Bb Fmaj7

and walk on by... (fade.)

Release Date

1964

Songwriter/s

Burt Bacharach, Hal David

Producer/s

Burt Bacharach, Hal David

Label/s

Scepter

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