"Beware! Criminal" as written by Ben Kenney, Brandon Charles Boyd, Michael Aaron Einziger, Christopher E Kilmore and Jose Anthony Pasillas Ii....
You crawl in bed its 3 am you
Smell of wine and cigarettes
A butterfly under the glass; you are beautiful
But your not going anywhere

We do the same thing everynight I
Swear I've heard this song before
A swimmer who has seen a shark, I should
Really be more wary of the water

You came you saw you conquered everyone
And I'm left here guessing o what went wrong
Yeah I'm down but not out and far from dome
Hey all! beware! criminal

A prism with an intellect
You throw your light selectively
You stole my glow a seasoned thief, the blacks
Of my eyes are turning into opals

Today I walk there's nothing left here for me
But empty promises and the though of
All the things I'm never getting back

You came you saw you conquered everyone

Now I'm left here bleeding
Oh what went wrong
Ya I'm down but not out
And far from done
Hey all! beware! criminal

Did you think did you think I wouldn't notice
Did you think did you think did you really think I wouldn't care


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"Beware! Criminal" as written by Brandon Boyd Ben Kenney

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    My InterpretationI too believe it's about a guy who was in a relationship with a girl who promised him things all the time, leading him on but at the same time only was using him for money so he would always spend money on her. As he was spending money on her and hanging on her false promises she never fulfilled those promises and also even occasionally cheated on him. *She may even have gone as far as using sex for power, withholding it at times to get what she wanted from him.

    *ie - Did you think did you think I wouldn't notice
    Did you think did you think did you really think I wouldn't care
    and
    *A swimmer who has seen a shark, I should
    Really be more wary of the water

    those two lines speak to my last point there.

    All in all this, in general, speaks to a betrayed guy who's been dragged through the mud by a girl who was never ever who she portrayed herself to be. She stole money from him (essentially, he lies kept the relationship going, so he'd spend money on her) and she stole his heart while cheating on him and giving more sex to others then to him. Lastly she never loved him and he was simply there to drive her places and be her robot boy she could manipulate and control at her whim.
    EternalTearsOfSorrowon December 26, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI too believe it's about a guy who was in a relationship with a girl who promised him things all the time, leading him on but at the same time only was using him for money so he would always spend money on her. As he was spending money on her and hanging on her false promises she never fulfilled those promises and also even occasionally cheated on him. *She may even have gone as far as using sex for power, withholding it at times to get what she wanted from him.

    *ie - Did you think did you think I wouldn't notice
    Did you think did you think did you really think I wouldn't care
    and
    *A swimmer who has seen a shark, I should
    Really be more wary of the water

    those two lines speak to my last point there.

    All in all this, in general, speaks to a betrayed guy who's been dragged through the mud by a girl who was never ever who she portrayed herself to be. She stole money from him (essentially, her lies kept the relationship going, so he'd spend money on her) and she stole his heart while cheating on him and giving more sex to others then to him. Lastly she never loved him and he was simply there to drive her places and be her robot boy she could manipulate and control at her whim.
    EternalTearsOfSorrowon December 26, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is my favorite on the crow left of the murder...people need to post
    lizgirl210on April 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is about someone who is in a relationship and basically getting cheated on. And now they are standing up for themselves.
    pt_mcbon April 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah i think pt mcb is right. maybe not directly being cheated on but being used in a way. i think the girl intranced him at first but now hes realizing that she not what he though... well thats just my take on it. and i love this song lol
    screamy_mimion May 11, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"A swimmer who has seen a shark
    I should really be more wary of the water "
    GREAT!!! one of my favs of ACLOTM
    Krwlng_n_mie_sknon May 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamazing metaphors!
    kkerbabeon September 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShe's (assuming he is talking about a girl) a wild ride, entrancing, but not ever going anywhere in life; just floats around, and treats him bad because she knows she has the power to do so - but he's finally coming wise, and 'walking'.
    heavens_mistakeon September 27, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"A swimmer who has seen a shark
    I should really be more wary of the water"

    He knows what she's doing to him -- using him in some way for sure, but more specifically, it sounds to me like she's cheated in the past -- and he didn't have the heart to stand up for himself (possibly still doesn't?).
    jezziebelleon October 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI specifically like the line where he says

    We do the same thing every night
    I swear I've heard this song before
    A swimmer who has seen a shark
    I should really be more wary of the water

    I too agree that he was being used in some way and he remembers how it felt to be used by someone/anyone and he feels that way now. He claims that he should really be more wary of how deep he gets into situations like these. It sounds like a lamentation to all of us to beware of the "criminal" ...whomever it may be.
    Marky_Markstyleon November 03, 2004   Link

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