So, yeah, Hal David recently passed away. It was on Sept. 1, 2012. I was on another WordPress blog and they were discussing his passing and that he had written many hit songs with Burt Bacharach including Walk On By. I added to the discussion and said that I was pretty sure I had mentioned that particular song on my blog in the past.
It turns out I was wrong. There are apparently at least two different songs that share that same name. Who knew? And I was remembering the other one. Of course.
You know the one, right? It was co-written by Tiger Woods, Bill Clinton, Brett Favre, and Anthony Weiner, et al. It’s a romantic little ditty about a fellow walking down the street with his new girl. Along the way he spies his former lover that he’s still in love with and he gets a touching idea. Why not have his cake and eat it, too? Keep it a secret, but give the old flame the signal that his fire still burns. In other words, he’s ready for a little nookie on the side.
So he tells her to walk on by and wait on the corner. He’ll take care of getting a room at the hourly motel and they’ll partake of a little afternoon delight. He’ll even bring the quarters so the bed can get into the swing of things. Meanwhile, inches away, a Bible and belt lay useless in the night stand.
Without further ado, here’s my preferred version of Walk On By and a little bonus ditty offered from the same genre of goodness. Don’t try to deny that it will bring a wee tear to your eye. Songs were so much more romantic back then.