Criminal Lyrics - Fiona Apple



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I've been a bad, bad girl
I've been careless with a delicate man
And it's a sad, sad world
When a girl will break a boy just because she can

Don't you tell me to deny it
I've done wrong and I want to suffer for my sins
I've come to you 'cause I need guidance to be true
And I just don't know where I can begin

What I need is a good defense
'Cause I'm feeling like a criminal
And I need to be redeemed
To the one I've sinned against
Because he's all I ever knew of love

Heaven help me for the way I am
Save me from these evil deeds before I get them done
I know tomorrow brings the consequence at hand
But I keep living this day like the next will never come

Oh help me but don't tell me to deny it
I've got to cleanse myself of all these lies 'till I'm good enough for him
I've got a lot to lose and I'm bettin' high so I'm begging you
Before it ends just tell me where to begin

What I need is a good defense
'Cause I'm feeling like a criminal
And I need to be redeemed
To the one I've sinned against
Because he's all I ever knew of love

Let me know the way
Before there's hell to pay
Give me room to lay the law and let me go
I've got to make a play
To make my lover stay
So what would an angel say, the devil wants to know

What I need is a good defense
Cause I'm feelin' like a criminal
And I need to be redeemed
To the one I've sinned against
Because he's all I ever knew of love

What I need is a good defense
'Cause I'm feeling like a criminal
And I need to be redeemed
To the one I've sinned against
Because he's all I ever knew of looooooooooooooooooooooooooove
Yeah yeah yeah uhh uhh uhhhhhh...

Hey hey hey haaayyyyyyyyyyyyy yeahhhhhhh yeahhhhhhhhhh hiyee ehhh...




Writer: COLLINS, TARIK L. / THOMPSON, AHMIR K. / MATEEN, KHARI ABDUL / JENKINS, KARL B. / CARENARD, BRIAN DANIEL / MILLER, JAMAL
Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group



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midniterose | Reviewer: Jennifer Davis | 7/9/11

I think she is alot like me , maybe she liked him or so she thought and then realized she didn't so she was leading him on. Sounds like a good man who treated her right and now she really does want him so she's asking for help with the way she is...hmm maybe I should do that:)



This delicate man was played with and Broken-hearted from her rejection. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/30/11

I'm here because I was looking-up the lyrics for Criminal. My interpretation...

I feel this delicate man was played with and most likley Broken-hearted from "her" rejection.
He's delicate so this was school aged/young love.

She did not care for him at the time, but wants him now.
Maybe she wants the feeling of being loved. This is the only love she ever knew.

.........
I always liked this song. Lately is on my Ipod and I've really noticed how great the DRUM-BEAT is. Now I also know the lyrics seems powerfully envoking to an innocent time.





wow | Reviewer: Avidruby | 3/24/09

from a lady that is in the precise pictured place of these words..... wow. thank you. I needed that. this is why we get addicted. addiction transferral. Oh well. whatever gets you through. i got to let go of shoes!



Deep | Reviewer: Sfusion | 8/21/07

I think this song really shows a talent for getting out a persons feelings and really laying them out for everyone to understand. Through not only the great lyrics but the melody and rythym of the music. Thanks for the great song. And may you provide many more. Sincerely Mick



one true lyric | Reviewer: isabelle pappaz | 2/16/07

The lyric totally hit me deep. No need "translation" or what so ever to understand what she's trying to say.

Somehow, even from the rythm, beat of this song, it made you feel like running away from your sins, to actually be left alone and think of your sins, hoping that your sins be redeemed..Because you know that he's the person you ever loved..

I like it alot, this song doesnt make you a sissy, crying or sad even more, but .. you feel like you want to get High to ease the pain, yet to reminisce the pain.,to regret them.

SHe's a great talented song writer.





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