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)