"As Long as He Needs Me" is a torch song sung by the character of Nancy in the 1960 musical Oliver! and written by Lionel Bart. Georgia Brown, who was the first actress to play Nancy, introduced the song. It is a love ballad expressing Nancy"s love for her criminal boyfriend Bill Sikes despite his mistreatment of her. In the film adaptation of the musical, it was sung by Shani Wallis. A reprise of this song towards the end of the show expresses Nancy"s affection for young Oliver Twist, implying that she now feels that the child also needs her. This reprise was omitted from the film version. Its popularity grew by virtue of renditions by several popular singers, including Shirley Bassey who reached number two for 5 weeks on the United Kingdom charts with the song. Bassey"s recording became one of the highest sellers of 1960 staying on the UK charts for 30 weeks. The song has also been sung as "As Long as She Needs Me", when sung by a male singer. In 1963 Sammy Davis Jr. recorded the song, reaching #19 on the Billboard Easy Listening chart.more »
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As long as he needs me Oh, yes, he does need me In spite of what you see I"m sure that he needs me Who else would love him still When they"ve been used so ill He knows I always will As long as he needs me I miss him so much when he is gone But when he"s near me I don"t let on The way I feel inside The love I have to hide The hell! I"ve got my pride As long as he needs me He doesn"t say the things he should He acts the way he thinks he should But all the same I"ll play this game His wayAs long as he needs me I know where I must be I"ll cling on steadfastly As long as he needs me As long as life is long I"ll love him right or wrong And somehow I"ll be strong As long as he needs me If you are lonely Then you will knowWhen someone needs you You love them so I won"t betray his trust Though people say I mustI"ve got to stay true, just As long as he needs me
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Georgia Brown Georgia Brown, pseudonym of Rossana Monti (born June 29, 1980) is an Italian Brazilian singer noted for her extensive vocal range.
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She was listed in the 2005 Guinness World Records for hitting the highest vocal note and for possessing the greatest range, claimed to be exactly 8 octaves from G2-G10 using scientific pitch notation. more »