"Alfie" as written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David....
What's it all about, Alfie?
Is it just for the moment we live?
What's it all about when you sort it out, Alfie?
Are we meant to take more than we give

Or are we meant to be kind?
And if only fools are kind, Alfie
Then I guess it is wise to be cruel
And if life belongs only to the strong, Alfie

What will you lend on an old golden rule?
As sure as I believe there's a heaven above, Alfie
I know there's something much more
Something even non-believers can believe in

I believe in love, Alfie
Without true love we just exist, Alfie
Until you find the love you've missed you're nothing, Alfie
When you walk let your heart lead the way
And you'll find love any day, Alfie

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"Alfie" as written by Hal David Burt Bacharach

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    General Commentlovely, touching lyrics. never quite figured out exactly the meaning of ".. what will you lend on an old golden rule?"

    Ideas anyone? I know what the Golden Rule is (for example, do unto others as you would have them do unto you), but to lend on it??? strange wording.

    tsreybon April 14, 2010   Link
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    My Interpretationtsreyb... I, too, feel it's a strange wording but I came up with this:

    To "lend" is an expectation that the same thing (or an equivalent) will be returned. This relates to The Golden Rule where our (presumably kind) actions toward others are similarly returned.

    So, I'd say the speaker in the song is asking Alfie why "the strong" would help the weak if there is nothing valuable the weak can provide in return.
    Slarti42on January 06, 2011   Link

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