"Criminal" as written by and David/donegan Draiman....
[Repeat x2]
(Malevolent criminal eye)
(Motivation paints my mind)
(Cross the invisible line)
(And you'll be paid in kind)

Get it!

Criminal
The suffering
It makes me think like a
Criminal
The suffering
When we're alone
Criminal
The suffering
It makes me feel like a
Criminal
The suffering
When we're alone

Typical enough for me
And burn inside in agony
What power will enable me
To bury my vision

A hunger coming over me
As I learn to hide the agony
To make a final remedy
To close the door once and for all

[Chorus]
In a world that I don't want to know
With a message that I never want to send
To be free from all of this
I want you to quicken my end
Don't tell me I can not go
When the wound in me refuses to mend
Deliver me from all of this
I want you to quicken my end

(It seems the whole experience is)
Terrible and crippling
The pain is much more then
Physical beyond belief
When we're alone

Typical enough for me
And I burn inside in agony
What power will enable me
To make this decision

Despair is falling over me
No way to hide the agony
Embracing my calamity
To save myself once and for all

[Chorus]

Now you want to know
You want a name
You want to call me motherfucker
Now you want to know
You want a name
You want to say it doesn't matter

Now you want to know
You want a name
You want to call me motherfucker
Now you want to know
You want a name
You want to say it doesn't matter now

Now that you wanna know
Now you wanna name
Now you wanna place
Now you wanna time
Now you want it all

Now that you wanna know
Now you wanna name
Now you wanna place
Now you wanna time
Now you want it all
Now

[Chorus]

Don't say that it isn't so
I'm on a path that you'll never comprehend
Set me free from all of this
I need you to quicken my end


Lyrics submitted by ab0ve, edited by Kiwisplash

"Criminal" as written by David Draiman Dan Donegan

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  • +4
    General CommentPlease guys, this song doesn't talk about love... Here is my interpretation:
    This song, for me, talk about euthanasia, lets see.

    "Criminal
    This suffering
    It makes me think like a
    Criminal
    The suffering
    When we're alone" -> the suffering of a dying person, gives him the desire to kill, specially when they're alone.

    "typical enough for me
    And I burn inside in agony
    What power will enable me?
    To carry my mission " -> the guy is in extreme pain and agony and wonders when people will leave him to decide his destiny.

    The Chorus is obiously him asking to be killed.

    "Don's say that it isn't so
    I'm on a path that you'll never comprehend" -> the path that no one comprehends is the path of endless pain and death, which only the people who are about to die, or suffering from the incredible pain knows how it feels like.
    GomaXon March 13, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think this song is about a person that has life in prison and wants to be killed. He's sick of spending and wasting his life in jail so he wants to die.
    LordOfLighton June 06, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General Commentto me this song can be easily interpreted.

    "Malevolent criminal eye
    Motivation paints my mind
    Cross the invisible line
    and you'll be paid in kind"

    this part is more of an eye for an eye thing. he is motivated, he has a reason, and if he's pushed, you will get your just desserts.

    "Criminal
    This suffering
    It makes me think like a
    Criminal
    The suffering
    When we're alone"

    when bad things happen to a person, they tend to do bad things.
    and the "when we're alone" part, i think that's supposed to mean that when a person is alone for a long period of time they can act strangely or think differently.

    "A hunger coming over me
    As I learn to hide the agony
    To make a final remedy
    To close the door once and for all"

    he wants to hide from the pain and forget about what's happened about him.

    "In a world that I don’t want to know
    With a message that I never want to send
    To be free from all of this
    I want you to quicken my end
    Don't tell me I can not go
    With the wound that refuses to mend
    Deliver me from all of this
    I want you to quicken my end"

    he sees the world become a horrible place and he's not making it any better so before he can do more damage he wants someone to end his life.

    "Now you want to know
    You want a name
    You want to call me a motherfucker?
    Now you want to know
    You want a name
    You want to say it doesn't matter?"

    this part is just letting them know that if he's insulted it won't bother him because he will get back at them.

    "Now that you wanna know
    Now you wanna name
    Now you wanna place
    Now you wanna time
    Now you want it all"

    he's challenging his enemies to a fight that will determine the way things end.

    well in overall i think this is one of the better songs in the new album, great music, great lyrics, great vocals.
    disturbed has done it again!
    keep it up!
    atoolon June 10, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is about "A vicious and tormenting past that a person can carry, but knowing that he/she must live with it forever.Have you ever been in a relationship that drives you to wanting to commit a crime? It just pulls the worst out of you.It's so intense and you can't really free yourself from it and it makes you do things you shouldn't want to do, to the extent of bringing on your own life's end just to be out of it."
    FloridaGuyon October 05, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commentits just about someone in so much pain they wanna die "set me free from all of this, i need u to quicken my end"...simple
    Blindrideron January 01, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI'll choose interpretation, simply because this piece is about the guilt associated with desiring freedom from something that one feels or acknowledges a certain attachment to.

    The brilliance of the lyrics (and always the music) is that this song can dial in to personal relationships or even be applied to something broad like seceding the union (leading to civil war)...

    The composition of this song is so well rounded and open to unique interpretation while maintaining a committed message that will resonate despite the possible interpretations.

    Simply fantastic. To paraphrase and distill the message:

    "I don't want to separate from this, but you're leaving me at odds for any other possible decision.

    I don't want to deal with this, this isn't what I'm in it for, I require justification for my compulsion to leave, please, if we're united, I need your help.

    I don't have much faith in you, and if this is justified, provide the proof I require to move on and to sever myself from it all without a single lingering feeling that I made the wrong decision. I'll be even be badguy if necessary, but only because I care.

    If I didn't care, I'd need no conclusive evidence to leave for good.

    I'm a good person, and because you are not, you want to enslave me by my commitment, and you care not to aid in my healing.

    The decision has been made without my consent, I have been judged.
    The jury is my conscience and yours.
    I don't want to be the executioner, but I will."
    aethereonon March 23, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHe's basically saying when he's alone he feels terrible. Miserable. He doesn't think anyone should feel the way he does. It is so bad that to feel that bad should be a crime. As a result, he feels like a criminal.
    bornofdesire32on April 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think its about a hit on someone.
    idk tho
    Disturbed217on June 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCorrection:

    "Don't say that it isn't so
    I'm on a path that you never gonna create"

    should be:

    "Don't say that it isn't so
    I'm on a path that you'll never comprehend"
    Groggeron June 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMaybe i'm taking this too literal, but it sounds to me like a person(maybe soldier) with a horrible injury that won't allow that person to be normal, and they want to die. (maybe euthanasia). I don't know, just thinking aloud.
    zackzackzackzack123on July 03, 2008   Link

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