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Smooth Criminal Chords

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Smooth Criminal

Alien Ant Farm

Tons of versions of this song in tabs, but only 1 is really right (rest are a bunch of clutter). 
I don't think it should discredit a chord version with lyrics and timing.

Chords:
+----+------------+---------------+
|    | Std Tuning | Drop D Tuning |
+----+------------+---------------+
| A5 | 577xxx     | 777xxx        | 
| B5 | 799xxx     | 999xxx        | 
| C5 | 81010xxx   | 101010xxx     | 
| G5 | 355xxx     | 555xxx        | 
| F5 | 133xxx     | 333xxx        | 
| E5 | 022xxx     | 222xxx        |
+----+------------+---------------+


[Intro/Verse]

   A5          B5            C5          B5    G5
 | 1 . . 2 . . 3 . . 4 . . | 1 . . 2 . . 3 . . 4 . . |
e|-------------------------|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|-------------------------|
G|-------------------------|-------------------------|
D|-7!--x-7-x-7-9-9-x-9-x-9-|-1010x-10x-109-----5-----|
A|-7!--x-7-x-7-9-9-x-9-x-9-|-1010x-10x-109-----5-----|
E|-5!--x-5-x-5-7-7-x-7-x-7-|-8-8-x-8-x-8-7-----3-----|


[Intro]

A5    B5    |C5    B5 G5 | (x4)


[Verse 1]

A5                    B5
  As he came into the window
     |C5         B5       G5  |A5
Was a sound of a crescendo
                  B5
He came into her apartment
           |C5                 B5     G5  |A5
He left the bloodstains on the carpet
                       B5
She was sitting at the table
        |C5            B5    G5  |A5
He could see she was unable
                    B5
So she ran into the bedroom
       |C5                  B5        G5  |
She was struck down, it was her doom


[Pre-chorus]

   F5                        F5          G5
 | 1 . . 2 . . 3 . . 4 . . | 1 . . 2 . . 3 . . 4 . . |
e|-------------------------|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|-------------------------|
G|-------------------------|-------------------------|
D|-3!--x-3-x-x-3-3-x-3-x-x-|-3-3-x-3-x-x-5--5--5-5-x-|
A|-3!--x-3-x-x-3-3-x-3-x-x-|-3-3-x-3-x-x-5--5--5-5-x-|
E|-1!--x-1-x-x-1-1-x-1-x-x-|-1-1-x-1-x-x-3--3--3-5-x-| 
      
F5                         |F5           G5      |
      Annie are you OK? You OK?  Are you O-K  An-
F5                         |F5           G5      |
nie?  Annie are you OK? You OK?  Are you O-K  An-
F5                         |F5           G5      |
nie?  Annie are you OK? You OK?  Are you O-K  An-
F5                         |F5          *G5      | (*or E5-G5 thingy, see alt. chorus)
nie?  Annie are you OK? You OK?  Are you OK Annie?


[Chorus] (Basic/Gist)

   A5          G5            F5         *G5    
 | 1 . . 2 . . 3 . . 4 . . | 1 . . 2 . . 3 . . 4 . . |
e|-------------------------|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|-------------------------|
G|-------------------------|-------------------------|
D|-7!--x-7-x-7-5-5-x-5-x-5-|-3-3-x-3-x-3-5--5--5-5-x-|
A|-7!--x-7-x-7-5-5-x-5-x-5-|-3-3-x-3-x-3-5--5--5-5-x-|
E|-5!--x-5-x-5-3-3-x-3-x-3-|-1-1-x-1-x-1-3--3--3-5-x-|


[Chorus] (Alternative, little more flair - I like to mix them up, say every other pass as shown)

   A5          G5            F5         *E5   *G5   
 | 1 . . 2 . . 3 . . 4 . . | 1 . . 2 . . 3 . . 4 . . |
e|-------------------------|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|-------------------------|
G|-------------------------|-------------------------|
D|-7!--x-7-x-7-5-5-x-5-x-5-|-3-3-x-3-x-3-2-(2)-5-5-x-|
A|-7!--x-7-x-7-5-5-x-5-x-5-|-3-3-x-3-x-3-2-(2)-5-5-x-|
E|-5!--x-5-x-5-3-3-x-3-x-3-|-1-1-x-1-x-1-0-(0)-3-3-x-|

(*can even take this a step further as E5-G5-F5-G5 - I'm trying to keep the tabs simplified)

A5                G5
   Annie, are you OK
        |F5                  G5     |A5   
Will you tell us that you're OK
                     G5                  
There's a sign at the window
       |F5          *(E5         G5) |A5     (* or just G5)   
That he struck you. A crescendo, An--nie
                  G5
He came into your apartment
           |F5                 G5      |A5
He left the bloodstains on the carpet
                      G5
Then you ran into the bedroom
        |F5                 *(E5      G5) |   
You were struck down, it was your doom


[Post-chorus]

(Same as pre-chorus)
   F5                        F5          G5
 | 1 . . 2 . . 3 . . 4 . . | 1 . . 2 . . 3 . . 4 . . |
e|-------------------------|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|-------------------------|
G|-------------------------|-------------------------|
D|-3!--x-3-x-x-3-3-x-3-x-x-|-3-3-x-3-x-x-5--5--5-5-x-|
A|-3!--x-3-x-x-3-3-x-3-x-x-|-3-3-x-3-x-x-5--5--5-5-x-|
E|-1!--x-1-x-x-1-1-x-1-x-x-|-1-1-x-1-x-x-3--3--3-5-x-| 

(then...)
   E5                        E5          
 | 1 . . 2 . . 3 . . 4 . . | 1 . . 2 . . 3 . . 4 . . | 1 . . 2 . . 3 . . 4 . . |
e|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
G|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
D|-2!-------------------2!-|-2!----------------------|-2!----------------------|
A|-2!-------------------2!-|-2!----------------------|-2!----------------------|
E|-0!---(0--x--0--x)----0!-|-0!---(0--x--0--x)-------|-0!----------------------|

F5                     |F5          G5    |
  Annie are you OK? You OK? Are you OK Annie?
F5                     |F5          G5    |
  Annie are you OK? You OK? Are you OK Annie?
F5                     |F5          G5    | 
  Annie are you OK? You OK? Are you OK Annie?
E5 /                       |
     You've been hit by
E5 //                      |
     You've been struck by
E5 /                  |A5*  (back into intro/verse riff)
     A smoooooth crimi-nal

[Intro]

A5    B5    |C5    B5 G5 |(x2)


[Verse 2]

A5                      B5
  So they came into the outway
       C5             B5        G5   A5
It was Sunday, what a black day
                  B5
I could've made a salutation
         C5                B5     G5
Sounding heartbeats, intimidations


[Pre-chorus]

F5                      F5          G5
  Annie are you OK? You OK? Are you OK Annie?
F5                      F5          G5
  Annie are you OK? You OK? Are you OK Annie?
F5                      F5          G5
  Annie are you OK? You OK? Are you OK Annie?
F5                      F5         *G5
  Annie are you OK? You OK? Are you OK Annie?


[Chorus]

A5                G5
   Annie, are you OK
         F5                  G5     A5
Will you tell us that you're OK
                     G5                  
There's a sign at the window
        F5          *(E5        G5)  A5   (* or just G5)
That he struck you. A crescendo, An--nie
                  G5
He came into your apartment
            F5                 G5      A5
He left the bloodstains on the carpet
                      G5
Then you ran into the bedroom
         F5                 *(E5      G5)    
You were struck down, it was your doom


[Post-chorus: shortened]

F5                      F5          G5
  Annie are you OK? You OK? Are you OK Annie?
E5 
  You've been hit by
E5 
  You've been struck by
E5                 A5*  (back into intro/verse riff)
  A smoooooth criminal


[Intro] (this is where solo goes, with MJ screams on 2nd set)

A5    B5    |C5    B5 G5 |(x4)
A5 *  B5 *  |C5 *  B5 G5 |(x4)
  (Hoo!)(Hoo!) (Hoo!)


[Chorus]

A5                G5
   Annie, are you OK
         F5                  G5     A5
Will you tell us that you're OK
                     G5                  
There's a sign at the window
        F5          *(E5        G5)  A5   (* or just G5)
That he struck you. A crescendo, An--nie
                  G5
He came into your apartment
            F5                 G5      A5
He left the bloodstains on the carpet
                      G5
Then you ran into the bedroom
         F5                 *(E5      G5)    
You were struck down, it was your doom

Outro: (Post/Pre-chorus, then intro with screams)
F5                       F5          G5
   Annie are you OK? You OK? Are you OK Annie?  (x4)
A5 *  B5 *  |C5 *  B5 G5 |(x4)
  (Hoo!)(Hoo!) (Hoo!)

*End*
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chall_99 352 Jun 23, 2009 05:44 PM

Just a comment on the intro/verse tab I mapped out. The x's prior to beats 2 and 4 (of A5, 1st B5, and C5) were too complicated to display. If find on those it sounds really good to do a muted chord by lifting your fretted fingers slightly (not off), then while lifted scratch in a strum or two quickly, then hammer the chord back on intime for the following count.

The same idea carries into the pre-chorus and chorus tabs as well.

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xkrzyicex 64 Jul 04, 2009 12:27 PM

thx alot!! best chord version ive seen

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jfbrown42 55 Jul 08, 2009 07:21 PM

I like it!

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