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Billie Jean Bass

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Still playing in C but form the 9th fret on E string which makes it more confortable for the fingers play... This version is, like most of my work on UltimateGuitar (60 bass tabs), a tutorial approach for bass learners and experienced musicians to quickly acquire the song. Was this info helpful? Yes No
Michael Jackson (1983)
Billie Jean
Bassist: Louis Johnson
               
Tuning : E A D G
Tempo  : 117 bpm

Intro: Drums - Bass: 00:04
G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|--9-----7--9--7-----------|--9-----7--9--7-----------|- x4
E|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 


Verse1: 00:21 (keyboard) 
G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|--9-----7--9--7-----------|--9-----7--9--7-----------|- x2
E|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 

Vocal: 00:29
G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|--9-----7--9--7-----------|--9-----7--9--7-----------|- x2
E|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
She was more like a beauty queen from a movie scene
I said don't mind, but what do you mean I am the one
  
G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--9-----7--9--------------|--9-----7--9--------------|- 
A|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
E|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
Who will dance on the floor in the round
   
G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|--9-----7--9--7-----------|--9-----7--9--7-----------|- 
E|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
She said I am the one 
  
G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--9-----7--9--------------|--9-----7--9--------------|- 
A|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
E|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
who will dance on the floor in the round

G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|--9-----7--9--7-----------|--9-----7--9--7-----------|- 
E|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 

Verse2: 00:53
G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|--9-----7--9--7-----------|--9-----7--9--7-----------|- x2
E|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
She told me her name was Billie Jean, as she caused a scene
Then every head turned with eyes that dreamed of being the one
   
G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--9-----7--9--------------|--9-----7--9--------------|- 
A|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
E|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
Who will dance on the floor in the round

G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|--9-----7--9--7-----------|--9-----7--9--7-----------|- 
E|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 

Bridge1: 01:10   
G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|----5~---0-5-----h9~------|----5~---0-5-----h9~------|-
E|-S7-------------7-----0-2-|-S7-------------7-----0-2-|-
People always told me be careful of what you do
And don't go around breaking young girls' hearts

G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|----5~---0-5-----h9~------|----5~----5---------------|-
E|-S7-------------7-----0-2-|-S7----7-----7--9~---9999-|-
And mother always told me be careful of who you love
And be careful of what you do 'cause the lie becomes the truth



Chorus1: 01:26 
G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|--9-----7--9--7-----------|--9-----7--9--7-----------|- x2
E|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
Billie Jean is not my lover
She's just a girl who claims that I am the one

G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--9-----7--9--------------|--9-----7--9--------------|- 
A|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
E|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
                             But the kid is not my son
 
G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|--9-----7--9--7-----------|--9-----7--9--7-----------|- 
E|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
                              She says I am the one,

G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--9-----7--9--------------|--9-----7--9--------------|- 
A|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
E|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
          But the kid is not my son

G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|--9-----7--9--7-----------|--9-----7--9--7-----------|- 
E|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 


Verse3: 01:50
G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|--9-----7--9--7-----------|--9-----7--9--7-----------|- x2
E|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
For forty days and forty nights, the law was on her side
But who can stand when she's in demand. Her schemes and plans

G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--9-----7--9--------------|--9-----7--9--------------|- 
A|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
E|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
'cause we danced on the floor in the round

G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|--9-----7--9--7-----------|--9-----7--9--7-----------|- 
E|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
So take my strong advice, 

G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--9-----7--9--------------|--9-----7--9--------------|- 
A|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
E|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
just remember to always think twice

G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|--9-----7--9--7-----------|--9-----7--9--7-----------|- 
E|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
(do think twice.)


Verse4: 02:16
G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|--9-----7--9--7-----------|--9-----7--9--7-----------|- x2
E|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
She told my baby we'd danced 'til three. Then she looked at me
She showed a photo of a baby crying. His eyes looked like mine

G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--9-----7--9--------------|--9-----7--9--------------|- 
A|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
E|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
Go on dance on the floor in the round, baby

G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|--9-----7--9--7-----------|--9-----7--9--7-----------|- 
E|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 


Bridge2: 02:32   
G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|----5~---0-5-----h9~------|----5~---0-5-----h9~------|-
E|-S7-------------7-----0-2-|-S7-------------7-----0-2-|-
People always told me be careful of what you do
And don't go around breaking young girls' hearts

G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|----5~---0-5-----h9~------|----5~----5---------------|-
E|-S7-------------7-----0-2-|-S7----7-----7--9~---9999-|-
She came and stood right by me. Then the smell of sweet perfume
This happened much too soon. She called me to her room


Chorus2: 02:48 
G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|--9-----7--9--7-----------|--9-----7--9--7-----------|- x2
E|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
Billie Jean is not my lover
She's just a girl who claims that I am the one

G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--9-----7--9--------------|--9-----7--9--------------|- 
A|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
E|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
But the kid is not my son

G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|--9-----7--9--7-----------|--9-----7--9--7-----------|- 
E|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 


Chorus3: 03:06 (Funky Guitar playing) 
G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|--9-----7--9--7-----------|--9-----7--9--7-----------|- x2
E|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
Billie Jean is not my lover
She's just a girl who claims that I am the one

G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--9-----7--9--------------|--9-----7--9--------------|- 
A|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
E|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
                              But the kid is not my son   

G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|--9-----7--9--7-----------|--9-----7--9--7-----------|- 
E|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
                              She says I am the one,

G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--9-----7--9--------------|--9-----7--9--------------|- 
A|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
E|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
                              But the kid is not my son   

G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|--9-----7--9--7-----------|--9-----7--9--7-----------|- 
E|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 


Interlude:03:29(Funky Guitar playing)
G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|--9-----7--9--7-----------|--9-----7--9--7-----------|- x4
E|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 


G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--9-----7--9--------------|--9-----7--9--------------|- 
A|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
E|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
She says I am the one,

G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|--9-----7--9--7-----------|--9-----7--9--7-----------|- 
E|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
But the kid is not my son

Chorus4: 03:54
G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|--9-----7--9--7-----------|--9-----7--9--7-----------|- x2
E|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
Billie Jean is not my lover
She's just a girl who claims that I am the one

G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--9-----7--9--------------|--9-----7--9--------------|- 
A|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
E|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
                              But the kid is not my son   

G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|--9-----7--9--7-----------|--9-----7--9--7-----------|- 
E|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
                              She says I am the one,

G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--9-----7--9--------------|--9-----7--9--------------|- 
A|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
E|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
                              But the kid is not my son   

G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|--9-----7--9--7-----------|--9-----7--9--7-----------|- 
E|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
But the kid is not my son


Outro: 04:19
G|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|-
A|--9-----7--9--7-----------|--9-----7--9--7-----------|- x8 till fade out...
E|-----9-----------9--7--9--|-----9-----------9--7--9--|- 
She says I am the one
Billie Jean is not my lover
Billie Jean is not my lover
Billie Jean is not my lover
Billie Jean is not my lover
Billie Jean is not my lover
Billie Jean is not my lover

End: 04:54

Tablature Legend
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L - tied note
x - dead note
g - grace note
(n) - ghost note
> - accentuded note
NH - natural harmonic
AH - artificial harmonic
TH - tapped harmonic
SH - semi harmonic
PH - pitch harmonic
h - hammer on
p - pull off
b - bend
br - bendRelease
pb - preBend
pbr - preBendRelease
brb - bendReleaseBend
\n/ - tremolo bar dip
\n - tremolo bar dive
-/n - tremolo bar Release up
/n\ - tremolo bar inverted dip
/n - tremolo bar return
-\n - tremolo bar Release down
S - shift slide
s - legato slide
/ -  slide into from below or out of upwards
\ -  slide into from above or out of downwards
~ - vibrato
W - wide vibrato
tr - trill
TP - tremolo picking
T - tapping
S - slap
P - pop
< - fade in
^ - brush up
v - brush down
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leograssi90 479 Sep 10, 2015 02:01 PM

I have never noticed that in the higher pattern there is one note less than in the main one. :) Great job here!

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arrell 207 Sep 23, 2016 07:28 AM

This works great. My hands aren't big enough to effectively fret closer to the head.

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Bruno Frenchy 4,604 Dec 23, 2016 02:31 PM

Thanks Guys... Happy to help... :)

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