“As Long as He Needs Me” is a torch song sung by the character of Nancy in the 1960 musical Oliver! and written by Lionel Bart. It is a love ballad expressing Nancy’s love for her criminal boyfriend Bill Sikes despite his mistreatment of her.
Best known for creating the book, music and lyrics for Oliver!, Bart was described by Andrew Lloyd Webber as “the father of the modern British musical”. In 1963 he won the Tony Award for Best Original Score for Oliver!, and the 1968 film version of the musical won a total of 6 Academy Awards including the Academy Award for Best Picture. Some of his other compositions include the theme song to the James Bond film From Russia with Love.