"Guilty" as written by Robert A. Ezrin, Jason Paul Bonham, Ian David Hatton, Daniel S. Macmaster and John Smithson....
Yes baby I been drinkin'
And I shouldn't come by I know
But I found myself in trouble
And I had nowhere else to go

Got some whisky from the barman
Got some cocaine from a friend
I just had to keep on movin'
Til I was back in your arms again

Guilty baby I'm guilty
And I'll be guilty the rest of my life
How come I never do what I'm supposed to do
How come nothin' that I try to do ever turns out right?

You know you know how it is with me baby
You know, I just can't stand myself
And it takes a whole lot of medicine
For me to pretend that I'm somebody else

Lyrics submitted by yuri_sucupira

"Guilty" as written by Randy Newman

Lyrics © Walt Disney Music Company

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    General CommentWow! First to comment. Is it because this song is so painfully honest?

    To me, this is a guy seeking comfort (whisky, cocaine, the arms of his ex), and is tired of running from what he knows is the truth.

    He (the Narrator, so to speak) admits guilt in the first line, (Yes, I been drinkin; almost as if the woman he is speaking to is pissed that he is drunk), and, "I know I shouldn't come by", implies that he is Guilty of doing everything that caused their break up in the first place.

    The clincher to me is the last verse, where he admits that he "just can't stand myself." He is looking for love from someone because he is so full of self-loathing that he, "has no where else to go."

    Brilliant song and great arrangement.

    I am a drummer, and the casual listener may not notice how slowly the drums progress. No hi-hat at the beginning; just bass drum and snare. By the end of the song, the drums are subtly accenting the lyrics.

    The Blues Brothers do a mighty fine cover of this song.

    Henry Krinkleon October 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCompletely agreed with Henry Krinkle. This song is most definitely one of the most painfully honest ever written. I had no idea that "pop" songs like this existed, it's a searing truthfulness that is worthy of Stephen Sondheim and his ilk. My jaw dropped the first time I heard this song and I have yet to pick it up and re-attach it.

    Sharon McNight does an INCREDIBLE cover.
    SurabayaSeanyon April 26, 2010   Link

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