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Criminal  Fiona Apple

Date: Tue, 02 Dec 1997 13:06:48 -0800
From: Jake
Subject: update to Criminal by Fiona Apple
I saw my transcription of Criminal by Fiona Apple on OLGA (it was my
first submission, so I was excited to see it) and realized I left a
chord out. Here's the updated version. People at OLGA: please replace
my last submission with this one. Thanks.
Song: Criminal
Artist: Fiona Apple
Transcription by Jake Schneider
Since this song has no recognizable guitar stuff, I decided to make my
own arrangement for guitar. Send comments/suggestions to:
There may be one discrepancy (I'm aware of it) in re: to the Cm
pentatonic bass groove being played and the guitar playing a C7 over top
of it. I tried playing a Cm/Cm7 chord but the C7 sounded better to me.
[C minor pentatonic bass groove] x 8 Guitar: C7
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 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 one 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
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
chorus x1
[C minor pentatonic bass groove] x 4 Guitar: C7
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
chorus x2
Verses: [Am] [ F7] x4
[C7] [ Bb7 F7] x1
[C7] [ Bb7 Am] x1
[C7] [ Bb7 Ab7 G7 F7 Ab7] 
Chorus: [F7] [ C7] x2
[F7] [ C7 Bb7 Ab7 G7 F7] 
Bridge: [D#7] [ B7 Ab7 B7 D#7 B7 Ab7] x2
footnote: I tried this version out with my band (we're a 3-piece: drums,
bass, & guitar-with a chick singer) and it worked out well! I think if
a band did this number "Unplugged" it would come across very 'cool' to
the audience.

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