Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson

September 27, 2021

The song of the day is R&B “Smooth Criminal,” by Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson wrote and recorded this song in 1987.

Song Facts

  • It was released in his album, “Bad.”
  • This song depicts Jackson as a passerby who comes upon a woman who was struck by a smooth criminal. He keeps asking her, “Annie, are you okay, are you okay?” She isn’t. She will die.
  • This line was inspired by a doll called Resusci Anne. Jackson was learning CPR. Trainees were told to ask the doll, “Annie, are you okay,” while practicing with it.
  • The thumping at the beginning of the song is an amplified version of Jackson’s own heartbeat.
  • The voice of the police chief ordering people away from the scene of the crime was voiced by recording engineer Bruce Swedien.
  • Jackson performed the song during his concerts using his “45-degree” stance, making viewers wonder how he managed to avoid toppling over. Jackson used specially designed shoes that would lock into the floor.
  • He appears as a 1930s gangster wearing a fedora and carrying a fake machine gun. He uses the “gun” to mow down gangster dancers who would be dragged off the stage.
  • Sonic 3 used the instrumentals from “Smooth Criminal” in “Ice Cap Zone.”
  • Jackson enjoyed a decades-long musical career, beginning as the youngest brother in the Jackson Five singing group. He continued by recording numerous solo hits, including the album “Thriller,” one of the best-selling albums of all time in the U.S.
  • He died in 2009.

Lyrics:

(Musixmatch)

As he came into the window

Was the 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

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?

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

He left the bloodstains on the carpet

And then you ran into the bedroom

You were struck down

It was your doom

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?

You’ve been hit by-

You’ve been hit by-

A smooth criminal

So they came in to the outway

It was Sunday, what a black day

Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation

Sounding heartbeats, intimidation

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?

Annie, are you okay?

Will you tell us that you’re okay?

There’s a sound at the window

That he struck you a crescendo Annie

He came into your apartment

He left the bloodstains on the carpet

Then you ran into the bedroom

You were struck down

It was your doom

Annie, are you okay? So, Annie, are you okay?

Are you okay, Annie?

You’ve been hit by-

You’ve been struck by-

A smooth criminal

Okay, I want everybody to clear the area right now

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

He came into your apartment (dag gone it)

Left bloodstains on the carpet (hoo, hoo, hoo)

And then you ran into the bedroom

You were struck down (dag gone it)

It was your doom Annie

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