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Composer Burt Bacharach
Lyricist Hal David
Year Written 1966
About Alfie
“Alfie” is the theme song from the very successful 1966 film starring Michael Caine.


What’s it all about Alfie?
Is it just for the moment we live?
What’s it all about when you sort it out, Alfie?
Are we meant to take more than we give
Or are we meant to be kind
And if only fools are kind, Alfie
Then I guess it is wise to be cruel
And if life belongs only to the strong, Alfie
What will you lend on an old golden rule?
As sure as I believe there’s a Heaven above, Alfie
I know there’s something much more
Something even nonbelievers can believe in
I believe in love, Alfie
Without true love we just exist, Alfie
Until you find the love you’ve missed
You’re nothing, Alfie
When you walk let your heart lead the way
And you’ll find love any day, Alfie
Alfie, Alfie

Session / Album Information


“Alfie” was recorded on February 25, 1969 and released that year on the album I’ve Gotta Be Me. It was arranged by Torrie Zito.


Listen to Alfie on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 1969.

This recording released on:

  • 1969: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9882 — I’ve Gotta Be Me
  • 1969: Columbia 45: 4-44824
  • 1973: Embassy LP 12″: EMB 31002 — Trolley Song
  • 1973: Harmony LP 12″: KH 32171 — Tony!
  • 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

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