"Criminal" as written by Tiffany Amber, Max Martin and Shellback,....
He is a hustler, he's no good at all
He is a loser, he's a bum, bum, bum, bum
He lies, he bluffs, he's unreliable
He is a sucker with a gun, gun, gun, gun
I know you told me I should stay away
I know you said he's just a dog astray
He is a bad boy with a tainted heart
And even I know this ain't smart

But mama I'm in love with a criminal
And this type of love isn't rational, it's physical
Mama please don't cry, I will be alright
All reason aside I just can't deny, I love the guy

He is a villain by the devil's law
He is a killer just for fun, fun, fun, fun
That man's a snitch and unpredictable
He's got no conscience, he got none, none, none, none
All I know, should've let go, but no
'Cause he's a bad boy with a tainted heart
And even I know this ain't smart

But mama I'm in love with a criminal
And this type of love isn't rational, it's physical
Mama please don't cry, I will be alright
All reason aside I just can't deny, I love that guy

And he's got my name,
Tattooed on his arm his lucky charm
So I guess it's okay he's with me
And I hear people talk
Trying to make remarks keep us apart
But I don't even hear
I don't care

'Cause mama I'm in love with a criminal
And this type of love isn't rational, it's physical
Mama please don't cry, I will be alright
All reason aside I just can't deny, I love the guy

Mama I'm in love with a criminal
And this type of love isn't rational, it's physical
Mama please don't cry, I will be alright
All reason aside I just can't deny, I love the guy


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"Criminal" as written by Max Martin Tiffany Amber

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  • +3
    My InterpretationI think this song means different things, not just the literal meaning of "being in love with a criminal." I think it's about how in life, we usually don't always make the correct decisions, and we are stubborn to go on the route we feel is right, even if it isn't. Even if our parents, authorities, and other types of social institutions tell us that OUR way isn't the best, that we are making a mistake, we want to do it our way and follow our gut! Like in this song, sometimes we even know our way is definitely wrong, "And even I know this ain't smart" but we gotta take our risks and do what we feel is right for us at that moment. In this song, Britney says she's in love with a criminal, not what any parent would like their children to be involved with. But at the end of the day, like Britney says, "I will be alright" because even if we are not, we gotta move on and learn from our mistakes. AMAZING song! Love everything about it!
    anmxon March 16, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Commentanmx is dead on.

    This song isn't necessarily about being in love with an actual criminal, but rather someone that you have been warned about.
    Someone that you know is wrong for you in all ways. But your strong enough to realize it and understand that you'll be alright no matter how the situation unfolds.
    This isn't the type of fairytale love that can easily be defined, but rather more of a love thats on the edge, that most people wouldn't risk their hearts for, but your not thinking about the negative outcomes of this love, instead your just enjoying the ride, escaping from rationality.
    Beautiful song matched with the right artist.
    cmguidoon March 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correction[Verse 1:]
    He is a hustler, he's no good at all
    He is a loser, he's a bum, bum, bum, bum
    He lies, he bluffs, he's unreliable
    He is a sucker with a gun, gun, gun, gun
    I know you told me I should stay away
    I know you said he's just a dog astray
    He is a rebel with a tainted heart
    And even I know this ain't smart

    [Chorus:]
    But mama I'm in love with a criminal
    And this type of love isn't rational, it's physical
    Mama please don't cry, I will be alright
    All reason inside I just can't deny, I love that guy

    [Verse 2:]
    He is a villain of the devil’s law
    He is a killer just for fun, fun, fun, fun
    That man's a snitch and unpredictable
    He's got no conscious, he got none, none, none, none
    All I know, should let go, but no
    'Cause he's a rebel with a tainted heart
    And even I know this ain't smart

    [Chorus:]
    But mama I'm in love with a criminal
    And this type of love isn't rational, it's physical
    Mama please don't cry, I will be alright
    All reason inside I just can't deny, I love that guy

    [Bridge:]
    And he's got my name
    Tatooed on his arm
    His lucky charm
    So I guess it's okay
    He's with me
    And I hear people talk
    Trying to make remarks
    Keep us apart
    But I don't even hear
    I don't care

    [Chorus x2:]
    'Cause mama I'm in love with a criminal
    And this type of love isn't rational, it's physical
    Mama please don't cry, I will be alright
    All reason inside I just can't deny, I love that guy
    DominicRiccitelloon March 15, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionHe is a hustler, he's no good at all, he is a loser, he's a bum, bum, bum, bum
    He lies, he bluffs, he's unreliable, he is a sucker with a gun, gun, gun, gun
    I know you told me I should stay away, I know you said he's just a dog astray-ay
    He is a bad boy with a tainted heart, and even I know this ain't smart

    But mama I'm in love with a criminal
    And this type of love isn't rational, it's physical
    Mama please don't cry, I will be alright
    All reason aside I just can't deny I love that guy

    He is a villain by the devil's law, he is a killer just for fun, fun, fun, fun
    That man's a snitch and unpredictable, he's got no conscious, he got none, none, none, none
    Oh-all I know-oh, shoulda let go, but no
    Cuz he is a bad boy with a tainted heart, and even I know this ain't smart

    But mama I'm in love with a criminal
    And this type of love isn't rational, it's physical
    Mama please don't cry, I will be alright
    All reason aside I just can't deny I love that guy

    And he's got my name tattooed on his arm, his lucky charm
    So I guess it's ok he's with me
    And I hear people talk, trying to make remarks, keep us apart
    But I don't even hear, I don't care
    Guy1on May 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn my opinion, this song talks about girls.
    and how naive they realy are.
    she said all the bad things in the world about him and how every one knows and talks about how bad he is but just because he had her name tattooed on his arm, she loves him

    this was the only sweet thing she said about him and its enough he is with her All reason aside
    even little thing can make a girl fill for the worst guy ever
    Reem2010on December 15, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretationi find it is about a real criminal-it only depends how you identify him: one who has already a social status and another one that is viewed and identified as a criminal in society. The abuse and humiliation from one rich and powerful man ,(especially emotional abuse that women suffer from abusive partners)is one that defines an abuser and another man that does save her but turns her into a criminal because he has not the financial needs to support her i.e so they do everything they can to survive. The man assuming,he might be involved sort of gang that he cant get out and he initiates her into it and she loves him but she is not happy with him or what they do. That is why the love is physical-meaning superficial ....there is no insight or no real future with him-that is why he is a bum,bum ,bum .bum...symbolism.. unfortunately they cant develop real love and more emotions and joy has there always in the run ,run ,run
    he is a loser in a sense that he is the underdog in society; his behaviour is frowned upon

    its not rational i believe cz she is not with the guy who has a stable future and career that she can establish a real family with him and grow as one
    foregoloveon March 02, 2012   Link

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