"I may be so sick in the head
I need to be bled dry to quit,
Or I just really used to love him;
I sure hope that’s it."
— Fiona Apple
"Fiona hadn’t thought about whether she was going to talk about her rape in public until the day a journalist in Italy asked her about the song “Sullen Girl.” He wanted to know if it was about a guy leaving her. And it is not. Its lyrics – “They don’t know I used to sail the deep and tranquil sea/But he washed me shore and he took my pearl/ And left an empty shell of me” – are in part about what happened to her. So she said so. “I thought that ultimately, no matter what happens, if I lie about this, I don’t like what that says,” she explains. From then on, interviewers would agonizingly, circuitously bring up the subject. “I’d be, ‘You want to ask about when I was raped?’” she laughs. “I was, ‘Please don’t act like I have got food in my teeth. It’s out in the open. It’s not something that I’m embarrassed about, so don’t act like it’s something that I should be embarrassed about.’”"
— Rolling Stone - Fiona: The Caged Bird Sings