What The World Needs Now Is Love

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PROFILE
Composer Burt Bacharach
Lyricist Hal David
Year Written 1965
About What The World Needs Now Is Love
“What The World Needs Now Is Love” was first sung by Jackie DeShannon in 1965. This song went on to be recorded by a wide variety of artists, from Judy Garland and Tony Bennett to Luther Vandross to Coldplay.

Lyrics

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

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

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
No not just for some but just for everyone

Lord we don’t need another meadow
There are corn fields and wheat fields
Enough to grow
There are sun beams and moon beams
Enough to shine
Come on listen lord if you want to know

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
No not just for some but for everyone

What the world needs now is love

Session / Album Information

1969

“What The World Needs Now Is Live” was recorded on March 27, 1969 and released that year on the album I’ve Gotta Be Me. It was arranged by Torrie Zito.

This recording released on:

  • 1969: CBS 45: 4224
  • 1969: Columbia 45: 4-44855
  • 1969: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9882 — I’ve Gotta Be Me
  • 1973: Embassy LP 12″: EMB 31002 — Trolley Song
  • 1976: Warwick LP 12″: PR 5021 — The Very Best Of Tony Bennett: 20 Greatest Hits [UK]
  • 1976: Warwick/CBS LP 12″: CBS 5021 — The Very Best Of Tony Bennett: 20 Greatest Hits [UK]
  • 2009: Beat Goes On CD: 886 — For Once In My Life/I’ve Gotta Be Me [UK]
  • 2011: Disc #38 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK37) I’ve Gotta Be Me

1971

“What The World Needs Now Is Love” was recorded on January 31, 1971 and released that year on the album Get Happy with The London Philharmonic Orchestra. It was arranged by Torrie Zito.

This recording released on:

  • 1971: Columbia LP 12″: C 30953 — Get Happy with The London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 2011: Disc #42 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK41) Get Happy with The London Philharmonic Orchestra

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