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Coloring Club Plus — 9/3/19

Sept 3

Sept 3a

I listened to The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour but all of the songs from it that I like have been overplayed and the ones that haven’t aren’t all that, in my opinion. So…. I turned to Burt Bacharach songs and chose, “Make it Easy on Yourself,” which is a song I adore! There are two videos, one by Jerry Butler and… a surprise video at the end.

Per wikipedia:
“Make It Easy on Yourself” is a popular song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David which was first a hit for Jerry Butler in 1962.  Dionne Warwick, who made a demo of this song in early 1962, later had a hit with the song in 1970.

Chicago-based Vee-Jay Records head A&R man Calvin Carter brought back “Make It Easy on Yourself” from a trip to New York City scouting song publishers. Carter played the demo, featuring Dionne Warwick’s vocal, for Vee-Jay artist Jerry Butler who commented: “Man, it’s a great song, and the girl who’s singing it, and the arrangement, is a hit.” When Carter explained that Florence Greenberg, the owner of Scepter Records who’d recently signed Warwick, was not interested in “Make It Easy on Yourself” Butler recalls being “ecstatic” and, wanting the same arrangement featured on the demo flew to New York City to record the song in a session overseen by Burt Bacharach (although Bacharach’s official credit was limited to arranger). “Make It Easy on Yourself” was released in June 1962 to reach #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 that August; the track’s R&B chart peak was #18.

Oh, breaking up is so very hard to do
If you really love him, and there’s nothing I can do
Don’t try to spare my feelings, just tell me that we’re through

And make it easy on yourself
Make it easy on yourself
‘Cause breaking up is so very hard to do

And if the way I hold you, can’t compare to his caress
No words of consolation will make me miss you less
My darling if this is goodbye, I just know I’m gonna cry
So run to him, before you start crying too

And make it easy on yourself
Make it easy on yourself
‘Cause breaking up is so very hard to do

Oh, baby, it’s so hard to do

So make it easy on yourself
Make it easy on yourself
‘Cause breaking up is so very hard to do

Songwriters: Burt F. Bacharach / Hal David

Dionne Warwick‘s session work on the Drifters’ track “Mexican Divorce” – recorded February 1962 – brought her to the attention of Burt Bacharach who subsequently had Warwick regularly provide vocals on demos of his songs beginning with “Make It Easy on Yourself”. On the strength of her vocals on another demo: that of “It’s Love That Really Counts”, Warwick was signed by Florence Greenberg of Scepter Records although Greenberg gave the last-named song to the Shirelles as a B-side while rejecting “Make It Easy on Yourself” altogether leading to that song’s being shopped to Jerry Butler. Warwick had assumed “Make It Easy on Yourself” would serve as her own debut single; on learning from Bacharach and co-composer Hal David that Jerry Butler was recording the song a keenly disappointed Warwick dismissed the composers’ assurance of providing her with an equally potent song with the words: “Don’t make me over, man” – i.e. “Don’t con me”. Bacharach and David in fact utilized Warwick’s pessimistic response (with a shift in meaning) as the title for “Don’t Make Me Over” the song which would indeed launch Warwick’s hitmaking career.

Don’t make me over
Now that I’d do anything for you
Don’t make me over
Now that you know how I adore you

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

Don’t make me over
Now that I can’t make it without you
Don’t make me over
I wouldn’t change one thing about you

Just take me inside your arms and hold me tight
And always be by my side, if I am wrong or right
I’m begging you

Don’t make me over
Don’t make me over
Now that you’ve got me at your command

Accept me for what I am
Accept me for the things that I do
Accept me for what I am
Accept me for the things that I do

Now that I can’t make it without you
I wouldn’t change one thing about you

Just take me inside your arms and hold me tight
And always be by my side, if I am wrong or right
I’m begging you

Don’t make me over
Don’t make me over
Now that you’ve got me at your command

Accept me for what I am
Accept me for the things that I do
Accept me for what I am
Accept me for the things that I do

Songwriters: Burt Bacharach / Hal David

8 thoughts on “Coloring Club Plus — 9/3/19

  1. Glad you like the hummingbird, I used the gel pen on it to make it sparkly. Paul, that song is on Yellow Submarine, and I’m getting goosebumps right now because that is my song choice for TODAY that I *just* posted! ::cue Twilight Zone music::

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