As Long As He Needs Me (1963)
(wm) Lionel Bart (I) Musical: Oliver! by Georgia Brown (P) Shirley Bassey, Donald Pippin and Georgia Brown
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 way.Chorus 2: As 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 know
When someone needs you, you love them so
I won’t betray his trust tho’ people say I must
I’ve got to stay true, just as long as he needs me