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Hal David (born May 25, 1921 in New York City, New York) is an American lyricist and songwriter. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York. David is best known for his words and music that were written along with musician, composer and singer Burt Bacharach. David is credited with popular music lyrics beginning in the 1940s with material written for band leader Sammy Kaye, and Guy Lombardo. In 1957 David met Burt Bacharach at Famous Music in the Brill Building in New York. The two teamed up and wrote their first hit "The Story of My Life" recorded by Marty Robbins in 1957. Later that year the duo wrote the Perry Como hit "Magic Moments". By the 1960s, '70s and '80s Bacharach and David were responsible for writing some of the most enduring songs in American popular music.

The music of Bacharach and David includes songs written for, or made popular by, artists such as Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, B. J. Thomas, Gene Pitney, Tom Jones, Jackie DeShannon, and others in the 1960s. His best selling hits include: "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head", "This Guy's in Love with You", "I'll Never Fall in Love Again", "Do You Know the Way to San Jose", "Walk on By", "What the World Needs Now Is Love", "I Say a Little Prayer", "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me", "One Less Bell to Answer", and "Anyone Who Had a Heart".

"Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" won an Academy Award as the score for the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. "Don't Make Me Over", "(They Long to Be) Close to You", and "Walk on By" are all in the Grammy Hall of Fame. "What's New Pussycat?" (the theme song to the film of the same name), "Alfie", and "The Look of Love" received Oscar nominations. He also co-wrote many country music hits, including Willie Nelson's "To All the Girls I've Loved Before". For these and many other songs, Hal David is considered to be one of the most influential songwriters of the 20th century.

In 1969 he wrote the lyrics for the love theme for the James Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service called "We Have All the Time in the World". The music was written John Barry and the song was sung by Louis Armstrong

In 1970 Johnny Mathis issued a double-LP album set, "Sings the Music of Bacharach & Kaempfert," for Columbia. It consisted of a total 21 tracks in a heavyweight gatefold picture sleeve. The Bert Kaempfert tracks were done in the arrangement style of the great German composer and orchestra leader, and the Bacharach/David tracks were done in the Americans' unique upbeat style.

Hal David's elder brother, Mack David, was also a lyricist and songwriter.


Other achievements

Work on Broadway

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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Hal David (born May 25, 1921) is an American lyricist and songwriter. Many of his songs have music by Burt Bacharach.


  • Foolish pride
    Is all that I have left, so let me hide
    The tears and the sadness you gave me
    When you said goodbye
    Walk on by
    • Song Walk On By
  • Mother told me always to follow the golden rule.
    And she said it's really a sin to be mean and cruel.
    So remember if you're untrue
    Angels up in heaven are looking at you.
    • Song You'll Never Get To Heaven If You Break My Heart
  • Every time you go away, I always say
    This time it's goodbye, dear
    Loving you the way I do
    I take you back, without you I'd die dear
    Knowing I love you so.
    • Song Anyone Who Had A Heart
  • I just don't know what to do with my time
    I'm so lonesome for you it's a crime
    Going to the movie only makes me sad
    Parties make me feel as bad
    When I'm not with you
    I just don't know what to do
    • Song I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself
  • What do you get when you fall in love?
    You only get lies and pain and sorrow
    So, for at least, until tomorrow
    I'll never fall in love again
  • The man who shot Liberty Valance,
    He was the bravest of them all.
    • Song The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
  • The love of a girl can make a man stay on when he should go,
    Just tryin' to build a peaceful life where love is free to grow.
    • Song The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
  • Pussycat, pussycat,
    You're so thrilling and I'm so willing
    to care for you.
    So go and make up you big little pussy cat eyes.
    • Song What's New, Pussycat?
  • The way that we cheered whenever our team was scoring a touchdown,
    The time that the floor fell out of my car when I put the clutch down.
    • Song Magic Moments
  • I walk along the city streets you used to walk along with me,
    And every step I take recalls how much in love we used to be.
    Oh, how can I forget you?
    When there is always something there to remind me
    • Song Always Something There to Remind me
  • Oh, I was only twenty four hours from Tulsa,
    Ah, only one day away from your arms;
    I hate to do this to you but I love somebody new, what can I do?
    And I can never, never, never ... go home again.
    • Song Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa
  • Are we meant to take more than we give
    or are we meant to be kind?
    And if only fools are kind, Alfie,
    then I guess it's wise to be cruel.
    • Song Alfie
  • What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
    It's the only thing that there's just too little of.
    What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
    No not just for some but for everyone.
    • Song What the World Needs Now is Love (1965)
  • They mean a trip to Paris or Rome
    To someone else but not for me.
    The trains and boats and planes
    Took you away, away from me.
    • Song Trains and Boats and Planes
  • On the day that you were born
    The angels got together
    And decided to create a dream come true
    So they sprinkled moon dust in your hair of gold
    And starlight in your eyes of blue.
    • Song (They Long to be) Close to You
  • Fame and fortune is a magnet.
    It can pull you far away from home
    With a dream in your heart you're never alone.
    Dreams turn into dust and blow away
    And there you are without a friend
    • Song Do You Know the Way to San Jose
  • Day after day
    There are girls at the office
    And men will always be men.
    Don't send him off with your hair still in curlers;
    You may not see him again.
    • Song Wives and Lovers

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