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"BEAT IT" MICHAEL

JACKSON
As heard on THRILLER (E PIC )
Words and Music by Michael Jackson * Transcribed by Dave Whitehill and Jeff Perrin

G uit ars are tun ed down one half step (low to high, Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb).
Bass tuning , low to hi gh: Eb Ab Db Gb.
All pitches sound in the key of Eb minor, one half step lower than written.

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(synth and drum machine)


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[!!]Ve rses (0:38, 1:26)


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2.

Gtr. I

23

They told him don't you ever


They're out to get you better
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come around
leave while you

here Don't want to see your face you better


can Don't want to be a
boy you want to
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disappear
be a
man

The
You

Rhy. F ig. 3

*repea t previous chord


Bass

Bass Fig. 3

ALL RICHTS

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OF ALFRED PUBLI S H I NC CO ., INC .

"BEATIT"
and their words are really clear
better
do
what you can

fire's
i n their eyes
want to stay alive

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You better run you better


do what you
You have to show them that you're really
not

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beat it
beat it

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just
just

beat it
beat it

so
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Don't want to see no bl ood don't be


a
You're playing wit h your Ille
this ain't no

can
scared

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macho man
truth or dare

You
They'll

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Gtr. I repeats Rhy. Fig. 1 (see bar 23)


Gtr . 2 (di st . ofl)
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31

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(repearprevious two bars)

Bass

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want to be
tough
better
kick you then they beat you then they'll

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do what you
tell you it's

can
la ir

want to be
want to be

bad
bad

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but you
but you

beat it
beat it

so
so

Just
Just
(Em)

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C h or us (1:06, 1:54)

(Beat it)

beat it

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(Beat it)

Beat it

one wants to be

(Em)

(D)

Gtr. I

No

Showi n'

defeated

(Em)

(D)

; Q
Bass play s Bass Fig. I twice (see bar 15)

how

funky and strong

is

your

(D)

2nd time on 2nd Chorus, skip ahead ro@ int erlud e


matter who's
wrong or
right Just
(D)
(Em)

doesn't

It
(Em)

light

omit repeat on 1st Chorus

Gtr. 2 play s Fill 1 fo ur times (see below)

(continue ahead to bar 47)

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es Bass Fig. 2 on repea t of 2nd Choru s (see bar 19)

Fill 1 (1:13, 2:01. 2:15, 3:24. 3:38. 3:52, 4:06)


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"BEATIT"
go back to

(Beat It) Just beat It


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beat It

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(Beat it)

Just

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beat

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beat it

beat It
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beat It beat It beat it


Beat It beat It beat it

beat It beat It beat It

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C h orus (3:17)
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one wants to be

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play four tim es (w/voca/ ad libs) and fade out


how

funky

and strong

Is your

(D)

fight

It
(Em)

doesn't

matter

who's

(D)

wrong or

right

Just

(Em)

Gtr. 2 plays Fill I four times (see 2nd pag e)


Gtr .1

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(repea t previous four bars)

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