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Criminal
by Fiona Apple

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

Ooh, 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 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

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

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Written by: Fiona Apple

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Bee

Knowing that she was raped only a few years before this and was battling an eating disorder makes it a very uncomfortable music video to watch. Most people may see a hot young woman stripping her clothes off and being sexy, but all I can see is her suffering.

RS1

🤣🤣🤣🤣

FrankKk Bard0n

@Faith simple math, shes born in 77, on the video apears may 10 1997. shes born in september so, 19 years old then

Faith

FrankKk Bard0n She’s 18 in the video and was 17 when she wrote it. In an interview she said this song was written in under an hour, and it’s about cheating.

FrankKk Bard0n

@Witch's Brew she was not in love with the abuser. she was abused at12, this video she´s 19 or 20. She did have an eating disorder and the video is creepy, not sexy indeed. But the song is not about her abuse, she even said that this abuse never inspired any of her compositions at all

Sarcastically Deranged

@Witch's Brew according to Fiona, the song is about using her sexuality to get something. It's nothing to do with her rape that happened a few years before this song. It's certainly not about religion or god.

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Michael K

I feel like I need a shower and a shot of penicillin just watching this.

all.is.grace

@itsme AK I believe your totally on to something there....

Neil Dohi

Don't forget your wedding ring...

Imix Muan

@Brian Crawford Well when I was in vet school it still was, we had a Pseudomonas problem in the ICU, and Methicillin was one of the only antibiotics it wasn't resistant too. Vancomycin as the other one. We used Methicillin as I recall. We eventually found the Pseudomonas growing the Chlorhexidine prep. We were literally putting Pseudomonas into the patients bloodstream when we put in catheters. We switched to Betadine prep and the problem went away.

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