Criminal Lyrics - Britney Spears

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[Verse 1:]
He is a hustler, he's no good at all
He is a loser, he's a bum, bum, bum, bum
He lies, he bluffs, he's unreliable
He is a sucker with a gun, gun, gun, gun
I know you told me I should stay away
I know you said he's just a dog astray
He is a Bad boy with a tainted heart
And even I know this ain't smart

[Chorus:]
But mama I'm in love with a criminal
And this type of love isn't rational, it's physical
Mama please don't cry, I will be alright
All reason inside I just can't deny, I love that guy

[Verse 2:]
He is a villain of the devil's law
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He is a killer just for fun, fun, fun, fun
That man's a snitch and unpredictable
He's got no conscious, he got none, none, none, none
All I know, should let go, but no
'Cause he's a bad boy with a tainted heart
And even I know this ain't smart

[Chorus:]
But mama I'm in love with a criminal
And this type of love isn't rational, it's physical
Mama please don't cry, I will be alright
All reason inside I just can't deny, I love that guy

[Bridge:]
And he's got my name
Tatooed on his arm
His lucky charm
So I guess it's okay
He's with me
And I hear people talk
Trying to make remarks
Keep us apart
But I don't even hear
I don't care

[Chorus x2:]
'Cause mama I'm in love with a criminal
And this type of love isn't rational, it's physical
Mama please don't cry, I will be alright
All reason inside I just can't deny, I love that guy

Writer(s) Max Martin, Shellback, Tiffany Amber
Released September 30, 2011
Producer Max Martin, Shellback
Format Digital download
Length 3:45
Recorded 2009 Maratone Studios (Stockholm, Sweden)
Label Jive, RCA
Genre Soft rock

"Criminal" is a song by American recording artist Britney Spears from her seventh studio album, Femme Fatale. The song was released as the fourth and final single from the album. "Criminal" was written and produced by Max Martin and Shellback, with additional writing by Tiffany Amber. After Spears first listened to the song, she felt it was different and unlike anything she had heard before. She posted a snippet of it online on March 2, 2011, prior to the album's release. "Criminal" was chosen as a single by a poll on her Facebook page, as Spears explained it was a way to give back to her fans. The artwork for the single was released on September 14, 2011.

"Criminal" is a guitar-driven mid-tempo song, which incorporates a folk-style flute melody. It is considered the only ballad in Femme Fatale, and is less aggressive than the other songs of the album. "Criminal" is influenced by the works of ABBA and Madonna. In the song, Spears sings about being in love with a bad boy and outlaw, and pleads to her mother to not worry about their relationship. "Criminal" received positive critical appreciation, with reviewers praising its organic and refreshing feel in comparison with the rest of the album. After the release of Femme Fatale, the song charted on the South Korean International chart. "Criminal" has also charted in major markets such as Canada, France, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.

The accompanying music video for the song was filmed in Stoke Newington, London. It features Spears as a woman in upper society and follows her relationship with a criminal, played by her real-life boyfriend Jason Trawick. Prior to its release, London officials criticized Spears for shooting scenes with a replica gun and glamorizing violence. The video received positive appreciation from critics, with some calling it the best video from Femme Fatale. Reviewers also noted the parallels between the storyline and themes of the video with Spears's personal life. (from Wikipedia)


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