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The 21 Most Memorable Songs Written By Hal David

Hal David, songwriting partner to composer Burt Bacharach, has died at age 91. He was known for songs infused with optimism, for love letters bound to be stuck in your head for days, and for asking a lot of questions. What's new, pussycat?

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In writing I search for believability, simplicity, and emotional impact. Believability is the easiest of the three to accomplish. One thing a lyricist must learn is not to fall in love with his own lines. Once you learn that, you can walk away from the lyric and look at it with a reasonable degree of objectivity. Often I discard a good line because it is inconsistent with the basic idea. If the line happens to be witty or sad in a particularly fresh way it hurts me to take it out. But that's part of the pain of writing.Simplicity is much harder to achieve. It is easy to be simple and bad. Being simple and good is very difficult. The sophisticated Cole Porter, the earthy Irving Berlin, the poetic Oscar Hammerstein, and the witty Lorenz Hart all have one thing in common - simplicity, the kind that is good. I must also mention a special favorite of mine, Johnny Mercer. Whether he is being poetic or humorous, he is never complicated. I seek this elusive thing called simplicity always. I hope I sometimes achieve it.Above all, I try to create an emotion to which others can respond. Unless I can create an emotion to which I can respond, I throw the lyric away. Although I cannot know how others will react, I assume that if it moves me it may do the same for them. Sometimes I am right, sometimes I am wrong.

21. Magic Moments, recorded by Perry Como

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"The telephone call that tied up the line for hours and hours

The Saturday dance I got up the nerve to send you some flowers"

20. To All The Girls I've Loved Before, recorded by Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias

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"To all the girls who shared my life

Who now are someone else's wives

I'm glad they came along

I dedicate this song

To all the girls I've loved before"

19. The Story Of My Life, recorded by Marty Robbins

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"The sorrow when our love was breaking up

The memory of a broken heart

Then later on the joy of making up

Never, never more to part"

18. This Guy's In Love with You, recorded by Herb Alpert

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"I need your love

I want your love

Say you're in love, in love

With this guy

If not I'll just die"

17. Sea Of Heartbreak, recorded by Johnny Cash

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"This sea of heartbreak, lost love an' loneliness;

Memories of your caress, so divine.

How I wish you were mine again, my dear.

I am on this sea of tears,

Sea of heartbreak."

16. Alfie, recorded by Cher

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"I believe in love, Alfie.

Without true love we just exist, Alfie.

Until you find the love you've missed you're nothing, Alfie.

When you walk let your heart lead the way

And you'll find love any day, Alfie, Alfie."

15. One Less Bell To Answer, recorded by Fifth Dimension

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"One less bell to answer

One less egg to fry

One less man to pick up after

I should be happy

But all I do is cry"

14. Do You Know The Way To San Jose, recorded by Dionne Warwick

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"L.A. is a great big freeway.

Put a hundred down and buy a car.

In a week, maybe two, they'll make you a star

Weeks turn into years. how quck they pass

And all the stars that never were

Are parking cars and pumping gas."

13. Anyone Who Had A Heart, recorded by Cilla Black

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"Anyone who had a heart

Would take me in his arms and love me too

You couldn't really have a heart

And hurt me like you hurt me

And be so untrue

What am I to do?"

12. Broken Hearted Melody, recorded by Sarah Vaughan

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"Broken hearted melody

Must you keep reminding me

Of the lips I long to kiss

And the love I miss

Since he went away?"

11. What's New Pussycat, recorded by Tom Jones

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"You're so thrilling

And I'm so willing

To care for you.

So go and make up your cute little pussycat face!"

10. Don't Make Me Over, recorded by Dionne Warwick

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"Don't pick on the things I say, the things I do

Just love me with all my faults, that way that I love you

I'm begging you"

9. The Look of Love, recorded by Dusty Springfield

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"Let this be just the start

Of so many nights like this

Let's take a lover's vow

And then seal it with a kiss"

8. A House Is Not A Home, recorded by Luther Vandross

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"Turn this house into a home

When I climb the stairs and turn the key

Oh, please be there

Sayin' that you're still in love with me"

7. I'll Never Fall In Love Again, recorded by Elvis Costello

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"What do you get when you kiss a girl

You get enough germs to catch pneumonia

After you do, she'll never phone you

I'll never fall in love again"

6. Walk On By, recorded by Dionne Warwick

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"I just can't get over losin' you

And so if I seem, broken and blue

Walk on by, walk on by."

5. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head, recorded by B.J. Thomas

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"The blues they send to meet me won't defeat me

It won't be long till happiness steps up to greet me"

4. Always Something There to Remind Me, recorded by Naked Eyes

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3. (They Long To Be) Close To You, The Carpenters

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"Why do stars fall down from the sky

Every time you walk by?

Just like me, they long to be

Close to you"

2. I Say A Little Prayer For You, recorded by Aretha Franklin

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"At work I just take time

And all through my coffee break time,

I say a little prayer for you."

1. What The World Needs Now Is Love, recorded by Jackie DeShannon

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"Lord, we don't need another mountain,

There are mountains and hillsides enough to climb

There are oceans and rivers enough to cross,

Enough to last till the end of time."