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Criminal Chords

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Song:  Criminal
Words and Music:  Fiona Apple

Moderately Slow



Chords:
Am   
F7   
C    
Bb   
Ab7  
G7   
Cm   
Eb   
Cb   
Ab
Gb7




Verse:
Am                F7
Ive been a bad bad girl,
Am                       F7
Ive been careless with a delicate man.
Am                F7
And its a sad sad world,
Am                     
When a girl can break a boy
F7
Just because she can.

Pre-Chorus

C        Bb              F7
Dont you tell me to deny it,
              C   
Ive done wrong and I want to
Bb            Am
Suffer for my sins.
C               Bb
Ive come to you cause I need
Ab7                  G7
Guidance to be true
           F7                           Ab7
And I just dont know where I can begin.

Chorus:

F7               Cm
What I need is a good defense
         F7                 Cm
cause Im feelin like a criminal.
      F7   
And I need to be redeemed
       Cm                  Bb
To the one I sinned against
               Ab7     G7         F7
Because he was all I ever knew of love.


Verse: (follows same pattern as first verse)

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 dont tell me
To deny it.
Ive got to cleanse myself.
Of all these lies till Im good
Enough for him.
Ive got a lot to lose and im
Bettin high
So Im beggin you before it ends
Just tell me where to begin.


Chorus:

F7               Cm
What I need is a good defense
         F7                 Cm
cause Im feelin like a criminal.
      F7   
And I need to be redeemed
       Cm                  Bb
To the one I sinned against
               Ab7     G7         F7
Because he was all I ever knew of love.


Bridge:

Eb             Cb  
    Let me know the way
Ab                   Cb
    Before theres hell to pay.
Ab              Cb             Ab7
    Give me room to lay the law and let me go.
Ab                Cb
    Ive got to make a play
Ab             Cb
    To make my lover stay
 Eb                    Cb
    So, what would an angel say?
          Ab7
cause the devil wants to know.


Chorus:  (X2)

F7               Cm
What I need is a good defense
         F7                 Cm
cause Im feelin like a criminal.
      F7   
And I need to be redeemed
       Cm                  Bb
To the one I sinned against
               Ab7     G7         F7
Because he was all I ever knew of love.




Hope this helped!! :)

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themanhimself wrote on October 5 2009, 06:39 pm

Awesome interpretation. Not good at playing by ear myself and I've been waiting forever for someone to put up a good one.

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namesalexx wrote on February 15 2010, 10:35 pm

the Cm sounds just a bit off. idk why, i cant help it.

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blueyacover wrote on March 18 2010, 11:57 pm

I very much like this song & I'm digging this tab, for piano, it's awesome! I haven't played the original along with it though, but my ears aren't quite picking up that C minor either. I tried a C dim, because I used it in my improvisation for the intro... it sounded good, but I'm not sure about it in the chorus. It's late so I will have a listen on the amp tomorrow(everyone's sleeping already except me LOL...) . If I figure it out I will post it back here tomorrow. Thank you Shelby Ray for doing all the hard work. This one's going on my set list for the future! Peace

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