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Song of the Day #3,407: ‘Shadowboxer (Unplugged)’ – Fiona Apple

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Fiona Apple was just 19 years old when she recorded her first and only episode of MTV’s Unplugged.

Supporting her debut album Tidal, she demonstrated the combination of poise and nervous awkwardness she would exhibit throughout her career.

Though she went on to release three more albums to increasingly ecstatic critical praise, Tidal remains the peak of her commercial success. Singles ‘Criminal’ and ‘Shadowboxer’ charted and the album went triple platinum.

[Verse 1]
Once my lover, now my friend
What a cruel thing to pretend
What a cunning way to condescend
Once my lover, and now my friend

Oh, you creep up like the clouds
And you set my soul at ease
Then you let your love abound
And you bring me to my knees

[Pre-Chorus]
Oh, it’s evil babe
The way you let your grace enrapture me
When well you know I’d be insane
To ever let that dirty game recapture me

[Chorus]
You made me a shadowboxer, baby
I wanna be ready for what you do
I’ve been swinging around me
Cause I don’t know when you’re gonna make your move

[Instrumental break]

[Verse 2]
Oh, your gaze is dangerous
And you fill your space so sweet
If I let you get too close
You’ll set your spell on me

So darlin’ I just wanna say
Just in case I don’t come through
I was onto every play
I just wanted you

[Pre-Chorus]
Oh it’s so evil, my love
The way you’ve no reverence to my concern
So I’ll be sure to stay wary of you, love
To save the pain of once my flame and twice my burn….

[Chorus]
So I’m a shadowboxer, baby
I wanna be ready for what you do
And I’ve been swinging around at nothing
I don’t know when you’re gonna make your move
Yeah I’m a shadowboxer, baby
I wanna be ready for what you do
And I been swinging around me
Cause I don’t know when you’ll make your move

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