Michael Jackson

Smooth Criminal

in Bad

LYRIC

[Intro]
Aaow!

Cha!
Shoo-cha-choo-cha!

[Verse 1]
As he came into the window
Was a sound of a crescendo
He came into her apartment
He left the bloodstains on the carpet
She ran underneath the table
He could see she was unable
So she ran into the bedroom
She was struck down, it was her doom

[Pre-Chorus]
Annie, are you okay?
So, Annie, are you okay? Are you okay, Annie?
Annie, are you okay?
So, Annie, are you okay? Are you okay, Annie?
Annie, are you okay?
So, Annie, are you okay? Are you okay, Annie?
Annie, are you okay?
So, Annie, are you okay? Are you okay, Annie?

[Chorus]
Annie, are you okay?
Will you tell us that you're okay?
There's a sound at the window
Then he struck you — a crescendo, Annie
He came into your apartment
Left the bloodstains on the carpet
And then you ran into the bedroom
You were struck down
It was your doom

[Post-Chorus]
Annie, are you okay?
So, Annie, are you okay? Are you okay, Annie?
Annie, are you okay?
So, Annie, are you okay? Are you okay, Annie?
Annie, are you okay?
So, Annie, are you okay? Are you okay, Annie?

[Refrain]
You've been hit by—
You've been hit by—
A Smooth Criminal

Aaow!

[Verse 2]
So they came into the outway
It was Sunday, what a black day
Every time I tried to find him
There were no clues, they’re behind him
And they end up never knowing
Who’s the suspect or what to expect
Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation
Sounding heartbeats, intimidation

[Pre-Chorus]
Annie, are you okay?
So, Annie, are you okay? Are you okay, Annie?
Annie, are you okay?
So, Annie, are you okay? Are you okay, Annie?
Annie, are you okay?
Annie, are you okay? Are you okay?
Annie, are you okay?
So, Annie, are you okay? Are you okay, Annie?
Annie, are you okay?
So, Annie, are you okay? Are you okay, Annie?

[Chorus]
Annie, are you okay?
Will you tell us that you're okay?
There's a sound at the window
Then he struck you — a crescendo, Annie
He came into your apartment
Left the bloodstains on the carpet
And then you ran into the bedroom
You were struck down
It was your doom

[Post-Chorus]
Annie, are you okay? Annie, are you okay?
Are you okay, Annie?

[Refrain]
You've been hit by—
You've been struck by—
A Smooth Criminal

[Interlude]
Choo-cha, choo-cha
Aaow!

Okay, I want everybody to clear the area right now!

Aaow!
Hoo!
Hoo!
Hoo!
Hoo!
Aaow!

[Outro]
Annie, are you okay? (I don't know)
Will you tell us that you're okay? (I don't know)
There's a sound at the window (I don't know)
Then he struck you, a crescendo Annie? (I don't know)
He came into your apartment (I don't know)
Left bloodstains on the carpet (I don't know why, baby)
And then you ran into the bedroom (Help me)
You were struck down
It was your doom Annie (Dag gone it)
Annie are you okay? (Dag gone it-baby)
Will you tell us that you're okay? (Dag gone it-baby)
There's a sound at the window (Dag gone it-baby)
Then he struck you, a crescendo Annie (Hoo! Hoo!)
He came into your apartment, (Dag gone it)
Left bloodstains on the carpet (Hoo!)
And then you ran into the bedroom (Hoo! Hoo!)
You were struck down (Dag gone it)
It was your doom Annie (Aaow!)

[Outro]
Aaow!

Aaow!
Shoo-cha-choo, shoo-cha-choo!
Aaow!

Aaow!

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About "Smooth Criminal"

“Smooth Criminal” was an idea Michael had in 1984. Originally, it was to be a Western Musical, with Michael being a gunslinger.

When he didn’t like the original sketching of the concept, he decided to make it a gangster scene instead. From there he wrote basic lyrics to go along with the idea he had for the musical hook.

There have been some critics who state that it’s overly simplistic. They, as usual, miss the entire point. It was meant to be a song with a hook and a basic story and nothing more. It was created from the beginning as a pure video song.

“Smooth Criminal” was an international smash hit, topping the chart in Spain, Belgium & The Netherlands and reaching the top 10 in several others including a #7 peak in the US. The song is also remembered for the dance routine in its music video, which includes an “anti-gravity lean” with the help of anchors in the floor that the dancers' shoes locked into.

Smooth Criminal Track info

Mixed At Westlake Audio
Mixing Engineer Bruce Swedien
Mastering Engineer Bernie Grundman
Saxophone Larry Williams (Saxophone)
Guitar David Williams (Guitarist)
Copyright © MJJ Productions
Phonographic Copyright ℗ MJJ Productions
Horns Arranger Jerry Hey
Rhythm Arranger Michael Jackson
Background Vocals Michael Jackson
Recording Engineer Bruce Swedien
Label Epic Records
Drums Bill Bottrell
Muted Steinway Kevin Maloney
Synclavier Christopher Currell
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Trumpet Gary Grant
Effects Frank Dileo
Holophonics by Hugo Zucarelli
Michael Jackson's Heartbeat Recorded By Dr. Eric Chevlen
Chief Of Police Announcement Bruce Swedien
Handclaps Michael Jackson

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