Murder On The Dancefloor chords by Sophie Ellis-Bextor


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Murder On The Dancefloor | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

I E B | F#m A | E B | F#m A |
Murder.
I E B | F#m A |
It’s murder on the dancefloor, but you’d better not kill the groove.
I E B | F#m A | A |
DJ, gonna burn this goddamn house right down.

Verse 1

| G#m7 | G#m7 (Gm7) | F#m7 | F#m7 (Gm7) |
Oh, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, about your, kind.
| G#m7 | G#m7 (Gm7) | F#m7 | Emaj7 | Emaj7 |
And so, and so, and so, and so, and so, and so, and so, I’ll have to, play.

Bridge 1

I E B | F#m11 A |
If you think you’re getting away, I will prove you wrong.
I E B | F#m11 A |
I’ll take you all the way, boy, just come along.
I E B | F#m11 A | A |
Hear me when I say, hey.

Chorus 1

| G#m7 | G#m7 (Gm7) | F#m7 | F#m7 (Gm7) |
It’s murder on the dancefloor, but you’d better not kill the groove, hey, hey, hey, hey.
| G#m7 | G#m7 (Gm7) | F#m7 |
It’s murder on the dancefloor, but you’d better not steal the moves, DJ.
| Emaj7 F#m7 Emaj7 | Emaj7 |
Gonna burn this goddamn house right down.

Verse 2

| G#m7 | G#m7 (Gm7) | F#m7 | F#m7 (Gm7) |
Oh, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, there may be, others.
| G#m7 | G#m7 (Gm7) | F#m7 | Emaj7 | Emaj7 |
And so, and so, and so, and so, and so, and so, and so, you’ll just have to, pray.

Bridge 2

I E B | F#m11 A |
If you think you’re getting away, I will prove you wrong.
I E B | F#m11 A |
I’ll take you all the way, stay another song.
I E B | F#m11 A | A |
I’ll blow you all away, hey.

Chorus 2

| G#m7 | G#m7 (Gm7) | F#m7 | F#m7 (Gm7) |
It’s murder on the dancefloor, but you’d better not kill the groove, hey, hey, hey, hey.
| G#m7 | G#m7 (Gm7) | F#m7 |
It’s murder on the dancefloor, but you’d better not steal the moves, DJ.
| Emaj7 F#m7 Emaj7 |
Gonna turn this house around somehow.
| G#m7 | G#m7 (Gm7) | F#m7 | F#m7 (Gm7) |
Murder on the dance floor (on the dancefloor), but you’d better not kill the groove, hey, hey, hey, hey.
| G#m7 | G#m7 (Gm7) | F#m7 |
It’s murder on the dancefloor (on the dancefloor), but you’d better not steal the moves, DJ.
| Emaj7 F#m7 Emaj7 | Emaj7 |
Gonna burn this goddamn house right down.

Solo

| G#m7 | G#m7 (Gm7) | F#m7 | F#m7 (Gm7) |
| G#m7 | G#m7 (Gm7) | F#m7 | Emaj7 | Emaj7 |

Bridge 3

I E B | F#m7 A |
Don’t think you’ll get away, I will prove you wrong.
I E B | F#m7 A |
I’ll take you all away, boy, just come along.
I E B | F#m7 A | A |
Hear me when I say, hey.

Chorus 3 (breakdown)

I E B | F#m11 A | E B | F#m11 A |
It’s murder on the dancefloor, but you’d better not kill the groove.
I E B | F#m11 A |
It’s murder on the dancefloor, but you’d better not steal the moves.
I E B | F#m11 A |
DJ, gonna burn this goddamn house right down.

Chorus 4

| G#m7 | G#m7 (Gm7) | F#m7 | F#m7 (Gm7) |
It’s murder on the dance floor, but you’d better not kill the groove, hey, hey, hey, hey.
| G#m7 | G#m7 (Gm7) | F#m7 |
It’s murder on the dance floor, you’d better not steal the moves, DJ.
| Emaj7 F#m7 Emaj7 |
Gonna burn this goddamn house right down.

Chorus 5

| G#m7 | G#m7 (Gm7) | F#m7 | F#m7 (Gm7) |
It’s murder on the dance floor (on the dancefloor), you’d better not kill the groove, hey, hey.
| G#m7 | G#m7 (Gm7) | F#m7 |
It’s murder on the dancefloor (on the dancefloor), but you’d better not steal the moves, DJ.
| Emaj7 F#m7 Emaj7 |
Gonna burn this goddamn house right down.

Outro

| G#m7 | G#m7 (Gm7) |
Oh I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know (on the dancefloor)
| F#m7 | F#m7 | to fade
You’d better not kill the groove.



Murder On The Dancefloor Chords: Learn the progressions


Murder On The Dancefloor guitar lesson + TAB

Perhaps more of a standard for DJs than bands, I’ve found Murder On The Dancefloor to always be a success when bands do pick it up. If they get the chords right, that is!

The first chorus chords are very similar to the bridges, the only difference is an extension, here’s the basic progression:

I|: E (I) B (V) | F#m (II) A (IV) :||

The bridge is the same, just with an F#m11 instead. Essentially it’s the same thing, in the key of E we move I – V – II – IV. Chorus 3 uses the F#m11 too.

The first verse moves between chords III and II, then ends on chord I, like this:

| G#m7 (III) | G#m7 (Gm7) | F#m7 (II) | F#m7 (Gm7) |
| G#m7 | G#m7 (Gm7) | F#m7 | Emaj7 (I) | Emaj7 |

The second chorus is different, now looking much like the verse!

| G#m7 | G#m7 (Gm7) | F#m7 | F#m7 (Gm7) |
| G#m7 | G#m7 (Gm7) | F#m7 |
| Emaj7 F#m7 Emaj7 |

Perhaps the best way to play Murder On The Dancefloor is to use the chords and lyrics, not a chart as seemingly the same chords are used over different sections.

This is probably why the tune is more popular among DJs than bands, it’s just too risky.

The serious guitarist works out all the chords and possible extensions, then decides on how much of each chord they play and what they leave for the keyboard player.

The extremely ambitious player changes the part depending on who else is on the gig!

Being this meticulous is a great idea as it keeps you awake and “on it”, rather than settling for one part you always play no matter what everyone else is doing.

To help you on the way, I’ve designed a few parts (using TAB of course) that you can use in a gig. There’s also a complete analysis of the chords so you know how to take it from there.

Here’s a link to the full lesson: Murder On The Dancefloor – Guitar Lesson with TAB.



Murder On The Dancefloor – Sophie Ellis Bextor’s signature song!

Sophie Ellis Bextor‘s signature song was released in 2001.

Peaking at #2 in the U.K. charts it stayed around for 23 weeks, selling 600.000 copies, making Sophie a household name.

Not just a big hit in the U.K., Murder On The Dancefloor did well in Australia, New Zealand, and even the U.S. In Europe, it was the most played tune of 2002.

The success was probably helped by two more things other than this being a great tune.

The first would be that Sophie’s voice had already been on another hit, Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love), which was released a year and a half earlier, and having been a big hit, it was still played when Murder was released.

The other thing that definitely helped was the music video. Directed by Sophie Muller (also did Why, Annie Lennox and Stay, Shakespears Sister).

The video is set around a dance competition and its lighthearted theme is the perfect setting for this modern disco smash hit.

In late 2023, Murder On The Dancefloor bounced back into the charts again as it featured in the final scene of the movie Saltburn, a most excellent watch.



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