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Criminal
Fiona Apple Lyrics


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, 'til 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

Hey, 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

Yeah, 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

Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh
Ah, ah, ah-yeah
Yeah

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Written by: Fiona Apple

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Criminal
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Lyrics
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 wanna 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 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
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 livin' 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 beggin' you
Before it ends, just tell me where to begin
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
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 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



John Mead

verse1/ bridge1/ chorus/ verse2/ bridge2/ chorus/ breakdown- reprise/ chorus.
Its a typical 90s pop/rock composition. The difference in bridges leading to the chorus is what dude is thinking ismagical songwriting. Its simple pop all ears can understand to pay the bills.

Rant time: to all the bias dummys with the "shes been through so much" bullshit. I dated a narcissist coke addict with a sex addiction with other random people to feel wanted during a monogamous relationship and somehow make the partner the asshole when they care enough to not want to share the person they love with the rest of the towns gross population. I tried to do the same, as i had a pretty face like her and had good luck at bars if i so wanted. I couldnt never stoop to that level.

The song is contradictory throughout. The only things shes "been through" is self inflicted pain of needing to feel wanted or "good enough" by sleeping with a bunch of good guys. Hurting them and bringing out the worst in them by sleeping with everyone and then making them feel the one at fault for making them sleep with everyone and to "feel wanted". Instead of talking it out rationally not saying hurtful shit to get a coursed bad reaction by learning what to say to make someones stomach turn(pushingbottons) to make sleeping with other people feel a little more justified, when it totally isnt.

But in reality cocaine will do this to women of this age. Especially an undercover narcissist. Theyre the most dangerous. Once you have them figured out they will do what they can to ruin your reputation and mark said lover(or one of them) as abusive. When in reality the mental abuse done in the shadows by the "victim" is far worse than the reaction portrayed in public by the "abusive"Just as they planned they knew what would happen.

Now they are the victim to the group and can keep preying while you get shunned by your so called friends. Who only see the wall punching, not the cheating lies and awful things said leading up to punting her favorite stuffed animal or calling them a cunt.

Who wouldn't punch a wall finding out youve been in an open relationship for a year but was never told was open at the beginning. Its not ok to fuck another person to feel better about yourself unless all parties are aware and never ok to manipulate a person to react poorly in the limelight by saying awful things in the sidelines. The choices we make are up to us. No one is obligated to tell you not to fuck everyone and do cocaine. And its never ok to mess with anyones head in the dark to a breaking point we all have, to get an equal reaction when everyone is looking.....no one should have to remind you to be a good person.

Fiona apple is 100 percent a narcissistic wolf in sheeps clothing that creates her own problems that no one should praise for having to go through. Cocaine and whoremoans never mix. Especially when youre a pretty smart talented girl that uses sex and fuck with peoples emotions to fill their own holes and self worth. People dont recover from shit like that.



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Jamie Jolicoeur

I remember her winning an MTV award, and standing on that stage saying "this world is bull shit". I thought that was awesome. She meant the music industry, the front the stars put on for every one to see, it's all just a bunch of fake ass bull shit. She told the kids out there watching, not to try and be like them or dress like them, be yourself. Cause it's all just bull shit.
People got mad at her for that. She became my hero.

None ya

She wasn’t wrong

Amy Page Kaviani

Perhaps she could have been more tactful since so many people were watching and did not know her background and Musical Talent!!!!!

Ron Collier

A lot of people called het a hypocrite or a b but hey she was being honest. She is beautiful too

Marty Mar

I think it was Chris Rock who said she was just cranky because she hadn't ate in a while lol

Brian B

@Veronica Rodriguez 💯 💯

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Al

It's hard to believe Fiona's peers called her "dog" and bullied her at school. Like many of us she had a hard time growing up. She is utterly stunning and still is. I could see her being a damn good actress as well, I kinda wish she had done some acting

Mikieala Thompson

@Chanteun Thanh wow! I love your words! 😊

Melissa Acord

So much Love to you Beautiful Soul 🙏🌈💗🦋🌹✨🌟🌍

Chanteun Thanh

Feels Kind of weird when people dont feel or understand the gutteral impact that this song was meant to be. Much more artistic in essence than a statement. The statment was made but the feeeling of what was expressed in this song still feels today as strong as it felt when it first came out. beautiful song and beautiful expression. leave it at that. I for one of not many will understand this entire album in my own way for the rest of my life. Love Fiona Apple and what she brings to music.

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