Fiona Apple - Criminal Lyrics

Fiona Apple Tidal cover art
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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 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
Track Listing
Enhanced CD 1
  • 1 Sleep to Dream
  • 2 Sullen Girl
  • 3 Shadowboxer
  • 4 Criminal
  • 5 Slow Like Honey
  • 6 The First Taste
  • 7 Never Is a Promise
  • 8 The Child Is Gone
  • 9 Pale September
  • 10 Carrion


  • Credits
    publisher: ©EMI Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: Tarik L. Collins, Ahmir K. Thompson, Khari Abdul Mateen, Karl B. Jenkins, Brian Daniel Carenard, Jamal Miller
    album: Track 4 in album Tidal
    release date: 1996-7-23
    popularity : 109 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Pop
    styles: Alternative Rock/Ballad
    length: 5:44
    vocal: Fiona Apple
    composer: Fiona Apple
    lyricist: Fiona Apple
    Album Information
    label: Clean Slate
    country(area): United States
    format: Enhanced CD
    barcode: 074646743928
    script: Latin