Just A Tiny Prayer

Song: I Say a Little Prayer
Music: Burt Bacharach
Words: Hal David
Singer: Dionne Warwick
Singer: Aretha Franklin

Stevie Wonder playing to Burt Bacharach

"I Say a Little Prayer" is a song with its music written by Burt Bacharach and its words by Hal David. It was originally done for Dionne Warwick and intended to express a woman's concern for her lover who is serving in Vietnam. It was released as the single B-side of a Previn song, the theme track for Valley of the Dolls, a movie on the base of Jacqueline Susan's novel of the same name. Surprisingly it turned into the favourite side peaking at #4 of the Billboard Hot 100.

ISALP and the Queen of Soul

Also quite by accident "I Say a Little Prayer" returned to the Pop and R&B Top Ten in 1968 when Aretha Franklin and her background vocalists The Sweet Inspirations sang the song for fun while pausing from rehearsing and the viability of them recording it became apparent. Franklin did record the song for her album Aretha Now and as a single B-side. When its A-side companion The House That Jack Built written by Bobby Lance and Fran Robbins reached its peak at #6 (#2 R&B) our little song here went up to #10 (#3 R&B). As of today it counts 22.966.738 views for its more official and 19.733.940 views for its 1970 Live TV version whereas the Warwick version still counts nearly 3 million. Now ain't that beautiful?

White 4 Black

Composer Bacharach and lyricist David just were one hell of a songwriting team mostly conceiving songs for recording by some of the finest African-American vocalists ever. You might also want to check out Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head, a song that won an Academy Award as Best Song for American Western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. That just is how solace comes into the world and a more than worthy continuation of the thing started off by Abel Meeropol, Rezső Seress and Eleanora Fagan in the 30ies and 40ies.

The moment I wake up
Before I put on my makeup
I say a little prayer for you
While combing my hair, now
And wondering what dress to wear now
I say a little prayer for you

Forever, forever, you'll stay in my heart
And I will love you
Forever and ever, we never will part
Oh, how I'll love you
Together, together, that's how it must be
To live without you
Would only be a heartbreak for me

I run for the bus, dear
While riding I think of us, dear
I say a little prayer for you
At work, I just take time
And all through my coffee break-time
I say a little prayer for you

Forever, forever, you'll stay in my heart
And I will love you
Forever and ever we never will part
Oh, how I'll love you
Together, together, that's how it must be
To live without you
Would only be a heartbreak for me

I say a little prayer for you
I say a little prayer for you

Forever, forever, you'll stay in my heart
And I will love you
Forever and ever we never will part
Oh, how I'll love you
Together, together, that's how it must be
To live without you
Would only be a heartbreak for me

My darling, believe me
For me there is no one
But you, please love me too
I'm in love with you
Answer my prayer, babe

I'm in love with you
Answer my prayer, babe
Say you love me too
Answer my prayer, babe
I'm in love with you
Answer my prayer, babe

I say a little prayer for you
I say a little prayer for you
I say a little prayer for you

 

a wonderful song - i remember bacharach as musical director of marlene dietrich - the man behind her chanson appearance - one of the most talented composers of the past century...

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