Music And Lyrics: Burt Bacharach And Hal David. (NPR, 5/5/2010)
GROSS: So, I thought we could close with another song. And this is a song that you wrote - that you didn't write for "Promises, Promises," but it's been interpolated into the new production. And the song is "I Say a Little Prayer." And I thought we'd use Aretha Franklin's 1968 recording of it.
Mr. DAVID: A great record.
GROSS: Yeah. Were you amazed to hear her record this?
Mr. BACHARACH: It's a better record than the record we made.
Mr. DAVID: Mm-hmm. We did, yeah. And we did a great record, but she topped it.
Mr. BACHARACH: Yeah.
GROSS: Why is this one better?
Mr. DAVID: You'll hear it.
(Soundbite of laughter)
Mr. BACHARACH: It's more natural.
Mr. DAVID: Yeah.
Mr. BACHARACH: It's just more natural. We were talking about our changes and time changes on the chorus of forever and forever, you stay in my heart, and I will - you know, that's going 4-4, 3-4, 4-4, 3-4. Then regard the way it was treated by Aretha, because Aretha just makes it seamless, the transition going from one change to another change. You never notice it.