Considered by no less an authority as Burt Bacharach himself -- who looks upon "Alfie" as perhaps his greatest work -- this song is truly a little compositional miracle. Written for the film of the same name (which starred Michael Caine, and was a huge box office hit), this song is another example of the Bacharach/David team writing another "big" (power ballad) record like the masterpiece "Come and Get Me." Once again, the feeling of opera is all over the music here, and Hal David's lyrics work in multi-leveled places, from the particular (a personal, romantic crisis) to the broader scheme of things (society as a whole, not unlike "What the World Needs Now Is Love"). Although Cilla Black's version is considered the "original," her slightly over-affected reading can be a bit grating. Dionne Warwick cut what is probably the definitive version, but, then again, Cher's reading (from the American print of the film) easily outclasses the Black single version.