"As Long As He Needs Me" was written by Lionel Bart for Oliver!
, his stage and film adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist
. It is easily the best known and most widely recorded song from this particular Bart production, and has been covered by all manner of artists including diva Shirley Bassey. As its title suggests, it is a love song, though sadly this love was unrequited. In the show/film, it is sung by Nancy about professional criminal lowlife Bill Sikes. Then he murders her!
Alexander Baron - London, England