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  •  Alfie has been my favorite song for 40+ years (4+ / 0-)

    not just my favorite Bacharach/David song, my favorite song, period.

    No disrespect meant to the many many other songs and songwriters i have loved in a lifetime of being a singer and songwriter and lover of music.  But if you take out all the repetitions of the name Alfie, you are left with a concise statement of my personal philosophy of life:

    What's it all about?
    Is it just for the moment we live?
    What's it all about, when you sort it out?
    Are we meant to take more than we give,
    or are we meant to be kind?

    And if only fools are kind
    then I guess it is wise to be cruel.
    And if life belongs only to the strong
    what will you lend on an old golden rule?

    As sure as I believe there's a heaven above
    I know there's something much more
    something even non-believers can believe in.

    I believe in love.
    Without true love we just exist.
    until you find the love you've missed, you're nothing.

    when you walk, let your heart lead the way,
    and you'll find love any day...

    Hal David wrote a lot of other wonderful songs, but from my personal point of view, Alfie is a masterwork.   It asks and answers the question:  "What is the meaning of life?" in three minutes, using plain language.  Few other lyricists can lay claim to even attempting to do that.

    Rest in peace, dear Hal.  You never met me, but you helped make me the person I am today.

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    by TrueBlueMajority on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 08:17:53 PM PDT

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