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Fiona Apple - I Know

So be it, I'm your crowbar
If that's what I am so far
Until you get out of this mess
And I will pretend
That I don't know of your sins
Until you are ready to confess
But all the time, all the time
I'll know, I'll know
And you can use my skin
To bury secrets in
And I will settle you down
And at my own suggestion,
I will ask no questions
While I do my thing in the background
But all the time, all the time
I'll know, I'll know
Baby-I can't help you out, while she's still around
So for the time being, I'm being patient
And amidst this bitterness
If you'll just consider this-even if it don't make sense
All the time-give it time
And when the crowd becomes your burden
And you've early closed your curtains,
I'll wait by the backstage door
While you try to find the lines to speak your mind
And pry it open, hoping for an encore
And if it gets too late, for me to wait
For you to find you love me, and tell me so
It's ok, don't need to say it.

The last song on 1999’s When the Pawn… is a poignant sketch of an affair with a man who is already in a committed relationship. It probably is the song that comes the closest to a “real” love song on the record, but there are still uncanny images (“crowbar”) and skepticism enough to make it a classic doubtful Fiona Apple song. Elvis Costello has covered this song in return for Fiona’s great cover of his “I Want You”. Many of Fiona Apple's early songs are postmortems of broken relationships. "I Know" is about a boyfriend who didn't last very long, but gave her a keyword for a song. This guy was in a transitional phase, with a lot of changes in his life. He told Apple she was his "crowbar," meaning she pried open a new life for him. Apple often starts a song with a single word, and that's the word that kicked off "I know." Much of the song is about how this guy is using her for his own purposes, which didn't sit well with Fiona. Apple's producer, Jon Brion, used an orchestra on this track. Legendary session man Jim Keltner played drums, and Mike Elizondo played upright bass. Elizondo ended up producing most of the tracks on Apple's next album, Extraordinary Machine. This smoky ballad is the last track on Fiona Apple's second album When The Pawn..., which deals in large part with Apple's love interests. When the album was released, she was dating the director Paul Thomas Anderson, who was seven years older.

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