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"I'd Do Anything"
Introduced in the 1960 musical Oliver!
Written by Lionel Bart
Published 1960
Language English

"I'd Do Anything" is a song performed by various characters in the 1960 British musical Oliver! and the 1968 film of the same name.

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Song

The song is part of Act One of Oliver!, and is sung in Fagin's lair. It begins with spoken dialogue between Nancy and the Artful Dodger, soon leading into the song. Other characters who have lines in the song are Oliver, Fagin and Bet (Nancy's younger sister in the musical; her best friend in the 1968 film and in the original novel), with Fagin's Boys as chorus.

Dodger humorously starts pretending to be an upper-class citizen, along with Fagin, Oliver, Nancy, Bet, and the boys mocking high society.

In 1998, the song was sampled into American rapper Jay-Z's Anything as a bonus track on Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter.

BBC TV series

The song is featured on the children's television show Skinnamarink TV that aired on The Learning Channel featuring children's entertainers Sharon, Lois & Bram. It is also available on their 1998 record Friends Forever (album) featuring songs from the television series.

In 2007, the BBC announced a new reality television series I'd Do Anything, named after the song, would begin in 2008 to search for a new, unknown lead to play Nancy and three young performers to play Oliver in a West End revival of Oliver!.[1]

Uses in popular culture

In 2008/2009, the instrumental of I'd Do Anything was used in a HSBC commercial, and it is currently being used in a series of anti-smoking public information films, with children singing the song. The campaign's message is, 'Your kids would do anything for you. Why don't you stop smoking for them?'.

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