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Amy Winehouse: a life in lyrics

If there was one talent that Amy Winehouse was prized for above all others, it was her ability to speak through music. Inspired by her father Mitch's jazz records, Amy began writing from an early age and her lyrics were intensely autobiographical from the outset. From relationship problems to heartbreak (many to do with her one-time husband, Blake Fielder-Civil), messed-up ex-boyfriends and her own struggles with drink and drugs, her songs were infused with a sense of gritty realism that belied her age and background. Little wonder that the more complicated her personal life became, the more successful she was as an artist: people worldwide could not help but be seduced by her at times painfully frank songwriting. Following her tragic death at the age of 27, we look at Amy's life in her own words - according to some of her most famous lyrics.

Click on an image below to launch the gallery. Got a favourite lyric of your own? Share it in the comments section below.

Picture credits: Rex Features

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