The Jazz Standards Project – Alfie

Listened to various of the recommended renditions of Alfie, composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

The lyrics are as follows:

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’s 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 non-believers 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.

The suggested versions include Carmen McRae (1964), Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1967), Bill Evans (1970), Art Farmer with Cedar Walton (1976), Patricia Barber, (2000), John Schofield (2003) and Pat Metheny (2011).

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