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Billie Jean Acoustic tab

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version 3

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About this tab version
I took all the tabs currently out as a foundation then spent quite a while listening and looking at multiple live performances from the civil wars to make sure I got it right. Was this info helpful? Yes No
Only thing really missing is the percussive slaps he does on teh strings after the intro and a few other spots
Want to credit Caleb as I used his tab as a starting point for mine.
Tab is primarily based off of the VH1 unplugged performance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlWUh3E17N8
Chords may be wonky you can ignore them if need be. 
Open to feedback.
And of course listen to the recording to get timing and rhythm for the song it's especially important here.

[INTRO]
e|---------0--------5---0-------0-------------------0--------5---0------0---------------|
B|---------0--------5---0-------0-------3-----------0--------5---0------0---------------|
G|-----------0---2------------0---0-----4-------------0---2-----------0---0-------------|
D|------------------------------------4-------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------2--------------------2-------------------2-------------------------------|
E|--0-----------------------0----------------0----------------------0-------0-----------|
Play entire verse twice

[VERSE] [PLAY ONCE]  (x)= mute
           she was...                 I said...                                    I am the
e|------0---------------0-x-----------0---------------0---------------------------------------|
B|------0-------3-0-----0-x-----------0-------3-0-----0---------------------------------------|
G|--------0-----4-0---0---x-------------0-----4-0---0-----------------------------------------|
D|------------------------x----------------- -------------------------------------------------|
A|------------2-----------x---------------2---------------------------------------------------|
E|--0---------------0-----x-------0----------------0------------------------------------------|

[VERSE]
 one...                on the...                                                 [PLAY TWICE]
e|----------------------------------0-------5---0-------0--------------------------------|
B|----------1p0-----1----1---1------0-------5---0-------0--------------------------------|
G|----------2-------2----2---2--------0--2------------0---0------------------------------|
D|--------2----2--------2-2-2-2----------------------------------------------------------|
A|------0--------------0----------------2------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------0----------0---0--------------------0-------0----------------------------|

[BRIDGE]    C                 Em                       C  [
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------1----1----1--------------------------------1----1----1---------------------------|
G|------0----0----0--------0----0----0-------------0----0----0---------------------------|
D|-------------------------2----2----2-ring----------------------------------------------|
A|------3----3----3-ring---------------------------3----3----3-ring----------------------|
E|-------------------------0----0----0---------------------------------------------------|

            Em                C                 Em                 Am
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------1----1----1---------------------------0----0----0-------|
G|----0----0----0--------0----0----0--------0----0----0--------2----2----2-ring--|
D|----2----2----2---------------------------2----2----2--------------------------|
A|-----------------------3----3----3-ring---------------ring---0----0----0-------|
E|----0----0----0-ring----------------------0----0----0--------------------------|

            B7
e|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----0----0----0---------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----2----2----2---------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----2----2----2-ring----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

[CHORUS]                                             I am the... (0) optional
e|------0---------------0--------------0---------------0-----|
B|------0-------3-0-----0-------3-0----0-------3-0-----0-----|
G|--------0-----4-0---(0)-0-----4-0------0-----4-0---0---0---|
D|------------------------------------------- ---------------|
A|------------2---------------2------------2-----------------|
E|--0---------------0---------------0---------------0------0-|

[CHORUS CONTINUED]
 one...              the kid...       [You can repeat the pull off on the b string if you want]                    
e|----------------------------------0-------5---0-------0----0---------------------------|
B|----------1p0-----1----1---1------0-------5---0-------0----0---------------------------|
G|----------2-------2----2---2--------0--2------------0---0------------------------------|
D|--------2----2--------2-2-2-2----------------------------------------------------------|
A|------0--------------0----------------2------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------0----------0-----0------------------0-------0----------------------------|

 one...              the kid...
e|----------------------------------0-------5---0-------0--------------------------------|
B|----------1p0-----1----1---1------0-------5---0-------0--------------------------------|
G|----------2-------2----2---2------------------------0---0------------------------------|
D|--------2----2--------2-2-2-2----------------------------------------------------------|
A|------0--------------0----------------2------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------0----------0-----0------------------0-------0----------------------------|

[Outro)
 So...      Billie jean..      [play softer and softer]
e|------0---------------0--------------0---------------------|
B|------0-------3-0-----0-------3-0----0-------3-0-----------|
G|--------0-----4-0-------0-----4-0------0-----4-0-----------|
D|------------------------------------------- ---------------|
A|------------2---------------2------------2-----------------|
E|--0---------------0---------------0------------------------|

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| x    Dead note
| p    Pull-off
| (n)  Ghost note

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