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Beat It Tab

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Opening:
E:-----|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------||
B:-----|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------||
G:-----|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------||
D:-----|-------4-1-----3-|--1--------------|-------4-1-----3-|--1----------||
A:-----|-----1-----------|-----4--4--------|-----1-----------|-----4-------||
E:--0--|---3-------------|---------------0-|---3-------------|-------------||

Verse 1: E:-----------------------------------|--------------------||
B:-----------------------------------|-----------------------------||
G:--x-x-----12-12---9-------------x--|-11-11---------7--|| Repeat--|| 1x
D:--x-x-----12-12---9-------------x--|-12-12---------7-------------||
A:-----------------------------------|-----------------------------||
E:-----------------------------------|-----------------------------||
They told him, “Don’t you ever come around here.
(You better run, you better do what you can.)
E:---------------|------------||
B:---------------|------------||
G:--x-8-8---8----|-6-6---6----||
D:--x-8-8---8----|-6-6---6----||
A:--x-6-6---6----|-4-4---4----||
E:---------------|------------||

Don’t wanna see your face you better disappear.”
(Don’t wanna see no blood, don’t be a macho man.)
E:---------------|------------||
B:---------------|------------||
G:--x-8-8---8----|-6-6---6----||
D:--x-8-8---8----|-6-6---6----||
A:--x-6-6---6----|-4-4---4----||
E:---------------|------------||

The fire’s in their eyes and their words are really clear,
(You wanna be tough, better do what you can)
E:---------------|------------||
B:---------------|------------||
G:--x-4-4---4----|-6-6---6----||
D:--x-4-4---4----|-6-6---6----||
A:--x-2-2---2----|-4-4---4----||
E:---------------|------------||

So beat it, just beat it.
(So beat it. But-cha wanna be bad, just . . .)
E:---------------|------------||
B:---------------|------------||
G:--x-8-8---8----|-6-6---6----||
D:--x-8-8---8----|-6-6---6----||
A:--x-6-6---6----|-4-4---4----||
E:---------------|------------||

Chorus:
E:-----|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------||
B:-----|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------||
G:-----|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------||
D:-----|-------4-1-----3-|--1--------------|-------4-1-----3-|--1----------||
A:-----|-----1-----------|-----4--4--------|-----1-----------|-----4-------||
E:--0--|---3-------------|---------------0-|---3-------------|-------------||
(Repeat above progression throughout the whole chorus.)

Beat it! Beat it!
No one wants to be defeated.
Showin’ how funky, strong is your fight,
It doesn’t matter, who spoke up right, just beat it.
Just beat it.
Just beat it.
Just beat it. Oooo!

Verse 2:
(Same tab progression as verse 1)

They’re out to get you, better leave while you can.
Don’t wanna be a boy, you wanna be a man.
You wanna stay alive, better do what you can,
So beat it. Just beat it. Hmph!

You hafta show them that your really not scared,
You’re playin’ with your life, this ain’t no truth or dare.
They’ll kick you, then they beat you, then they’ll tell you it’s fair, so beat it.
But-cha wanna be bad just . . .

Chorus:
E:-----|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------||
B:-----|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------||
G:-----|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------||
D:-----|-------4-1-----3-|--1--------------|-------4-1-----3-|--1----------||
A:-----|-----1-----------|-----4--4--------|-----1-----------|-----4-------||
E:--0--|---3-------------|---------------0-|---3-------------|-------------||
(Repeat above progression throughout the whole chorus.)

Beat it! Beat it!
No one wants to be defeated.
Showin’ how funky, strong is your fight,
It doesn’t matter, who spoke up right, just . . .
Beat it! Beat it!
No one wants to be defeated.
Showin’ how funky, strong is your fight,
It doesn’t matter, who spoke up right, just
Beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it. (Repeat when necessary)

Pre-solo:
E:-------------|-------------||
B:-------------|-------------||
G:--11-11---8--|--11-11---8--|| Repeat 4x
D:--11-11---8--|--11-11---8--||
A:-------------|-------------||
E:-------------|-------------||

Rhythm guitar during solo:
E:---------------|------------|---------------|------------||
B:---------------|------------|---------------|------------||
G:--x-8-8---8----|-6-6---6----|--x-8-8---8----|-6-6---6----||
D:--x-8-8---8----|-6-6---6----|--x-8-8---8----|-6-6---6----||
A:--x-6-6---6----|-4-4---4----|--x-6-6---6----|-4-4---4----||
E:---------------|------------|---------------|------------||


E:---------------|------------|---------------|------------||
B:---------------|------------|---------------|------------||
G:--x-4-4---4----|-6-6---6----|--x-8-8---8----|-6-6---6----||
D:--x-4-4---4----|-6-6---6----|--x-8-8---8----|-6-6---6----||
A:--x-2-2---2----|-4-4---4----|--x-6-6---6----|-4-4---4----||
E:---------------|------------|---------------|------------||


E:---------------|------------|---------------|------------||
B:---------------|------------|---------------|------------||
G:--x-8-8---8----|-6-6---6----|--x-8-8---8----|-6-6---6----||
D:--x-8-8---8----|-6-6---6----|--x-8-8---8----|-6-6---6----||
A:--x-6-6---6----|-4-4---4----|--x-6-6---6----|-4-4---4----||
E:---------------|------------|---------------|------------||


E:---------------|------------|---------------|------------||
B:---------------|------------|---------------|------------||
G:--x-4-4---4----|-6-6---6----|--x-8-8---8----|-6-6---6----||
D:--x-4-4---4----|-6-6---6----|--x-8-8---8----|-6-6---6----||
A:--x-2-2---2----|-4-4---4----|--x-6-6---6----|-4-4---4----||
E:---------------|------------|---------------|------------||
(Repeat chorus *multiple times* to fade)
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ed182 wrote on August 18 2008, 12:56 pm

ermm the intro is slightly wrong - you like change key or something half way through

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Rocker90 wrote on September 19 2009, 03:32 pm

the intro is not correct. He is a fret off in most cases

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petebob wrote on November 17 2009, 07:32 pm

This version looks to get the real notes of the original song but in standard tuning (the original is actually tuned half a step down). But the low E notes in the intro are off as a result. If, on the other hand, you tune to drop-D, then you can play this:


E:-----|-----------------|-----------------|
B:-----|-----------------|-----------------|
G:-----|-----------------|-----------------|
D:-----|-------4-1-----3-|--1--------------|
A:-----|-----1-----------|-----4--4--------|
D:--1--|---4-------------|---------------1-|etc.

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