Retro Music 29

In 1963, Dionne Warwick had a huge hit in Britain with the song, ‘Walk On By’. Even though I was only 11 at the time I liked it enough to buy it, and the following year she released her version of another Bacharach/David composition, ‘A House Is Not A Home’. At just 12 years old, I was captivated by this song, and I still am. There have been other great versions of course, including the big hit for Luther Vandross. But Dionne’s rendition is the one that takes me back to the year before I became a teenager.

A chair is still a chair
Even when there’s no-one sitting there
But a chair is not a house
And a house is not a home
When there’s no-one there to hold you tight
And no-one there you can kiss goodnight
A room is still a room
Even when there’s nothing there but gloom
But a room is not a house
And a house is not a home
When the two of us are far apart
And one of us has a broken heart
Now and then I call your name
And suddenly your voice appears
But it’s just a crazy game
When it ends, it ends in tears
Darling, have a heart
Don’t let one mistake keep us apart
I’m not meant to live alone
Turn this house into a home
When I climb the stairs
And turn the key
Oh, please be there
Still in love with me
I’m not meant to live alone
Turn this house into a home
When I climb the stairs
And turn the key
Oh, please be there
Still in love with me
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Burt Bacharach / Hal David

27 thoughts on “Retro Music 29

      1. I don’t know🤣. That was just an affirmation of the great songwriter behind the song. Like “that’s a killer tune.” “Bacharach.” Conversation shorthand. Lord knows I have no room to be a spelling Nazi.

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