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He Needs Me

Recorded/Published: 1980
Shelley Duvall's recording of Harry Nilsson's "He Needs Me" is featured in the 2002 film Punch-Drunk Love starring Adam Sandler.

Harry Nilsson wrote "He Needs Me" for the movie Popeye. Actress Shelley Duvall ("Olive Oyl"), performs the song in the film and on the Popeye soundtrack album.

Duvall's recording of "He Needs Me" was also used in a Nike commercial.


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He Needs Me (Demo) MP3 Download


Songwriter: Harry Nilsson
Vocals: Shelley Duvall


And all at once I knew.
I knew at once.
I knew he needed me.

Until the day I die,
I won't know why.
I knew he needed me ...


Popeye (LP)
Punch-Drunk Love (CD)

Movies/TV Shows:

Punch-Drunk Love


" I Yam What I Yam" / "He Needs Me"

Other Recordings:

Artist: Lianne Smith [Info]
Artist: #9907 [Info]

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He Needs Me
(3.0 / 4.0)
Gabe Grunbaum
(4.0 / 4.0)
(4.0 / 4.0)
(4.0 / 4.0)
Stephanie Joy Kruse
(4.0 / 4.0)
Joe Rossi
(0.0 / 4.0)
Terrible, terrible song. Even if you took out Shelley Duvall's listless, sickly-sweet vocals, one would still be left with a depressing melody that wouldn't be out of place in a 1940s-era film accompanying a scene where a heartbroken soldier is drinking himself into oblivion in a dark, smoky corner at a USO show.

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