‘Al­fie’

Total Film - - Movie Songs - by Cilla Black

First Sandie Shaw turned it down, then Cilla said she’d only do it if Burt Bacharach played it him­self. But the com­poser called her bluff, and the song’s ex­is­ten­tial ques­tion adds real poignancy to the las­civ­i­ous ad­ven­tures of Michael Caine’s Lon­don Jack-the-lad. Alone on Wa­ter­loo Bridge, Al­fie has a rare mo­ment of self-doubt and, as the mu­sic sweeps in, wan­ders off with his only friend, an old dog with no new tricks.

MEM­O­RABLE LYRIC “What’s it all about, Al­fie?” HIGH­EST CHART PLAC­ING No. 9 (UK)

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