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Thriller/Heads Will Roll
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Album: Glee: The Music, Volume 5
Glee: The Music, The Complete Season Two
Released: February 6, 2011
By: Michael Jackson/Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Sung by: New Directions with the Titans
Solos: Artie, Finn, Rachel, and Santana
Place: Football Field
Episode: The Sue Sylvester Shuffle

Thriller/Heads Will Roll by Michael Jackson/Yeah Yeah Yeahs is a mash-up featured in The Sue Sylvester Shuffle, the eleventh episode of Season Two. It is sung by the New Directions with the Titans. Artie, Finn, Rachel, and Santana sing the solos.

The mash-up is performed at half time in the final championship game, in which the Titans participate. Coach Beiste told the football team that, unless they performed this number, they wouldn't be allowed to play in the game. At first they all refused to do so, but just in time, Puck persuaded them all (except Dave Karofsky) to perform because he said that they could play if they performed the song with New Directions. Quinn, Santana, and Brittany all had quit the Glee Club and weren't going to do the number in order to participate in a Cheerios' regional championship, but as the football team was losing, Finn let Sam be the quarterback in order to persuade the girls to come and do the half time show, resulting in them quitting Cheerios. The crowd enjoys the song, and Karofsky sees how well the number is doing so he decides to join in. 

Lyrics

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Rachel and Santana with New Directions:
Off with your head
D-dance dance dance till you're dead
O-off off off with your head
D-dance dance dance till you're dead
O-off off off with your head

Artie:
It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the dark, ah
Ah, Under the moonlight, you see a sight that almost stops your heart

Artie with New Directions:
You try to scream (Artie: Ah)

Artie and Rachel (Santana):
But terror takes the sound before you make it (Heads will roll, heads will roll!)

Artie with New Directions:
(Artie: Ah) You start to freeze

Artie and Rachel:
As horror looks you right between the eyes

Artie:
You're paralyzed, ah, 'cause this is

Artie with New Directions:
Thriller, thriller night

Artie:
And no one's gonna save you
From the beast about to strike
You know it's

Artie with New Directions:
Thriller, thriller night

Artie:
You're fighting for your life inside a

Artie with New Directions:
Killer, thriller, Tonight!

Rachel and Santana with New Directions:
Off with your head
D-dance dance dance till you're dead
O-off off off with your head
D-dance dance dance till you're dead

Santana:
Ooh, you hear the door slam
And realize there's nowhere left to run
Ah, You feel the cold hand
And wonder if you'll ever see the sun

Artie with New Directions:
You close your eyes... (Artie: Ah)

Artie and Rachel (Santana):
And hope that this is just imagination (Artie: Ah) (Heads will roll, heads will roll!)

Artie with New Directions:
(Artie: Ah) But all the while

Artie and Rachel:
You hear the creature creeping up behind
You're out of time

(New Directions) Artie:
(Thriller, thriller night)
There ain't no second chance
Against the thing with forty eyes, girl
(Thriller, thriller night)
Oh oh
You're fighting for your life inside a

Artie with New Directions:
Killer, thriller, Tonight!

Rachel and Santana with New Directions:
Off with your head (New Directions: Thriller night)
D-dance dance dance till you're dead (New Directions: Thriller night)
O-off off off with your head (New Directions: Thriller night)
D-dance dance dance till you're dead (New Directions: Thriller night)

Finn:
Darkness falls across the land
The midnight hour is close at hand (Santana: Ahhhhh)
Creatures crawl in search of blood
To terrorize y'alls neighborhood
And though you fight to stay alive (Santana: Off with your head)
Your body starts to shiver (Santana: Dance 'till you're dead)
For no mere mortal can resist (Santana: Heads will roll, heads will roll!)
The evil of Thriller (Santana: Heads will roll, on the floor!)

New Directions:
Thriller night!

Artie:
Cause this is

Artie with New Directions:
Thriller, thriller night

Artie:
Girl, I can thrill you more
Than any ghost could ever dare try

New Directions:
Thriller, (Artie: Oh oh) thriller night

Artie:
So let me hold you tight and share a

Artie with New Directions:
Killer, thriller, Tonight!

Rachel and Santana with New Directions:
Off with your head (New Directions: Thriller night)
D-dance dance dance until you're dead (New Directions: Thriller night)
O-off off off with your head (New Directions: Thriller night)
D-dance dance dance until you're dead (New Directions: Thriller night)
O-off off off with your head

Trivia

  • Two different versions of this song have been released, the main difference being Finn's lines. The original single features an unaltered Finn singing; however, the altered version was released on Glee: The Music, Volume 5, and features effects on Finn's voice to sound deeper and more demonic. The episode uses the second version.
  • It was the first time that the New Directions performed a number with the football team in front of crowd. The male New Directions members performed with the football team in front of the girls, earlier in the episode with The Zombies' She's Not There.
  • This performance was inspired by the Thriller performance of The Philippines' Dancing Inmates as a tribute for Michael Jackson.
  • The number took 12 hours to film.
  • Lea Michele says this was one of the hardest numbers to film.

Errors

  • During the performance, Finn is seen with a head microphone, then without, then with one again.

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Videos

Michael Jackson - Thriller13:43

Michael Jackson - Thriller

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll03:43

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll

Glee - Thriller Heads Will Roll03:36

Glee - Thriller Heads Will Roll

Glee Thriller Heads Will Roll Full Performance Official Music Video02:46

Glee Thriller Heads Will Roll Full Performance Official Music Video

Glee - Thriller Heads Will Roll (Acapella)02:31

Glee - Thriller Heads Will Roll (Acapella)

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