(Oh no)

As he came into the window
Was a sound of a crescendo
He came into her apartment
Left the bloodstains on the carpet
She was sitting at 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, you okay, you okay, Annie?
Annie, are you okay, you okay, you okay, Annie?
Annie, are you okay, you okay, you okay, Annie?
Annie, are you okay, you okay, you okay, Annie?

Annie, are you okay?
Would you tell us that you're okay?
There's a sign at a window
That he struck you
A crescendo, Annie
Came into her apartment
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, you okay, you okay, Annie?
Annie, are you okay, you okay, you okay, Annie?
Annie, are you okay, you okay, you okay, Annie?

You've been hit by
You've been struck by
A smooth criminal

So they came into the outway
It was Sunday, but a black day
I could make a salutation
Sounding heartbeat, intimidation

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

Annie, are you okay?
Would you tell us that you're okay?
There's a sign at a window
That he struck you
A crescendo, Annie
Came into her apartment
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, you okay, you okay, Annie?
You've been hit by
You've been struck by
A smooth criminal

Annie, are you okay? (Oh no)
Would you tell us that you're okay? (Oh no)
There's a sign at a window (oh no)
That he struck you
A crescendo, Annie (oh no)
Came into her apartment (oh no)
Left the bloodstains on the carpet (oh no)
And then you ran into the bedroom (oh no)
You were struck down, it was your doom

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


Lyrics submitted by thewhitepony33

Smooth Criminal Lyrics as written by Michael Jackson

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Smooth Criminal (Michael Jackson cover) song meanings
Add Your Thoughts

112 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +3
    General Comment

    Hey arseholes, this is called "songmeanings" not "yourdumbassedcommentsonthemusicvideo" Just because they dare to do feel-good music, you think they should be shot? and DXTR, u hate this song just cos AAF did it? that is about as shallow as it gets. Anyway AAF's record company wanted them to do a rock cover of mjs "earth song". And they sed no, cos they want to be known for there own music. Take that and stick it up your arse Phyxius.

    propheton May 15, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    Wow, there sure is a lot of unjust hate for this song.

    It's a great song by the original author and a great cover. It's a shame that so many of you jump on the bandwagon of "posers arrrgggghhhhhh1!!!11!!one11!!``!" and start saying the lyrics are crappy.

    I wonder what music you guys are listening to that has such deep and emotional and thought provoking lyrics...?

    Some of you are too young to be judging what <i>good</i> music is.

    Kids...

    magicmanx9on January 22, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    Okay, so nobody knows what the song means, so your just going to whine about the band. That's great.

    KNAon March 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    damn you guys need to take a step back and mabey, just mabey like get a diary or something and write your problems with a.a.f. down.. Chill people.. Chill..

    Pharmicopiaon May 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    OK First of all... Clearly, the song is about "Annie" being "struck by a smooth criminal". That's easy enough. Perhaps it happened to a friend of Michael's. Now then... a crescendo is, as described earlier by Sebato, when a note goes from piano to forte. However, in the song, it didn't refer to an actual song, as Michael Jackson is a pedophile, not an idiot. It could have meant a few things. "As he came into the window". I don't know whether it meant he climbed in or broke it and came in, but if he broke it, then there's the crescendo as the glass is hit, cracks, and shatters. The crescendo could have been Annie screaming. It could have been gunshots. It could have been a grunt, it could have been many things, but I guaruntee you that it wasn't Annie listening to some simple plan and dying.

    MatMarshallon August 20, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Repetition is a rhetorical figure and in this case it is a pretty strong energitic and is kinda alienating(goes great with Alien AF): There's US "Will you tell us that you're OK" There's YOU "Annie", there's HE "He came into her apartment He left the bloodstains on the carpet" and there's THEY "So they came into the outway" (I have no clue who THEY are).

    Now HE's a smooth criminal, what makes him smoother a criminal than other criminals? He's not stealthy: he's leaving blood on the carpet on his way in and she saw him "So she ran into the bedroom". There's nothing smooth about stabing someone to death.

    I guess this is a rape. Otherwise we "US" would be talking to a dead you "ANNIE". She gets struck in the bedroom(why otherwise mention the room). Than there's "Sounding heartbeats Intimidation". Correct me but in a crescendo you play all the notes both artists AAF and MJ raise the tension as they perform and the song advance. She gets "struck down" sounds to me like she's immobilized. "Doomed" in the dictionary means death, destruction or some other terrible fate it also means unfortunate inescapable outcome.

    Many of you said it was a nice song to pep-up... Ever listened to the words and noticed that there's almost pleasure in the singers voices saying: "You've been hit by you've been struck by a smooth criminal". Gives me chills. Many people that got raped while they were young becomes child molesters later. I really wonder who "Annie" is? Is she really a girl?

    Sinualon September 20, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    They say annie are you ok like 100 times, lol. This version I think is a LOT better then the Mj version

    corerulezon September 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I wouldnt judge AAF for this song....yes it sucks....yes the lyrics are terrible but listen to the rest of the CD this band is incredible....They are also and awesome live band....dont diss them because fo this song....there CD is great go get it.

    Resurrectedon April 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    yes yes, the lyrics are kinda repetitive, but its still a cool song, at least the aaf version, which is the only one ive heard, but thats ok...

    AranelVendieon April 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    personally i like this song, yeah it gets annoying but its cool. its also a lot better than michael jackson's version.

    honestyormysteryon April 25, 2002   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

More Featured Meanings

Album art
Mental Istid
Ebba Grön
This is one of my favorite songs. https://fnfgo.io
Album art
When We Were Young
Blink-182
This is a sequel to 2001's "Reckless Abandon", and features the band looking back on their clumsy youth fondly.
Album art
Blue
Ed Sheeran
“Blue” is a song about a love that is persisting in the discomfort of the person experiencing the emotion. Ed Sheeran reflects on love lost, and although he wishes his former partner find happiness, he cannot but admit his feelings are still very much there. He expresses the realization that he might never find another on this stringed instrumental by Aaron Dessner.
Album art
Amazing
Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran tells a story of unsuccessfully trying to feel “Amazing.” This track is about the being weighed down by emotional stress despite valiant attempts to find some positivity in the situation. This track was written by Ed Sheeran from the perspective of his friend. From the track, we see this person fall deeper into the negative thoughts and slide further down the path of mental torment with every lyric.
Album art
Plastic Bag
Ed Sheeran
“Plastic Bag” is a song about searching for an escape from personal problems and hoping to find it in the lively atmosphere of a Saturday night party. Ed Sheeran tells the story of his friend and the myriad of troubles he is going through. Unable to find any solutions, this friend seeks a last resort in a party and the vanity that comes with it. “I overthink and have trouble sleepin’ / All purpose gone and don’t have a reason / And there’s no doctor to stop this bleedin’ / So I left home and jumped in the deep end,” Ed Sheeran sings in verse one. He continues by adding that this person is feeling the weight of having disappointed his father and doesn’t have any friends to rely on in this difficult moment. In the second verse, Ed sings about the role of grief in his friend’s plight and his dwindling faith in prayer. “Saturday night is givin’ me a reason to rely on the strobe lights / The lifeline of a promise in a shot glass, and I’ll take that / If you’re givin’ out love from a plastic bag,” Ed sings on the chorus, as his friend turns to new vices in hopes of feeling better.