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Whatever I Am (You Made Me)

This song is by Nina Simone and appears on the Reissue Version of Nina Simone Sings the Blues (1967).

This song is a cover of "Whatever I Am" by Willie Dixon.
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I was an innocent child
Till you taught me your style
You got me doin' things

That I'd never have done
Don't criticize me, save me
'Cause whatever I am you made me
Whatever I got you gave me

I'm tryin' to hang on
Because my love is so strong
You got me doin' things
That you know I'd never have done

I say don't criticize me, save me
'Cause whatever I am you made me
Whatever I got you gave me

Well, I'm tryin' to be good
Like a woman can be
But you kept on talking that talk to me

And as soon as I fell you put me down
And now you got 'em talking 'bout me
All over this town

You know I can't can't eat a bite
And I can't sleep at night
'Cause you got me doin' things
That you know ain't right

Don't criticize me, save me
'Cause whatever I am you made me
Whatever I got you gave me
Whatever I am you made me
Whatever I got you gave me

You know, you did it
Don't patronize me
Don't over-analyze
Don't critizice me
Just save

You did it, you did it
You did it and you know it

Written by:

Willie Dixon