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    Default Re: What (in your opinion) are Michael's most profound lyrics?

    Tell me what has become of my rights
    Am I invisible because you ignore me?
    Your proclamation promised me free liberty

    **
    Here abandoned in my fame
    Armageddon of the brain

    **
    In the hood
    Frame him if you could
    Shoot to kill
    To blame him if you will
    If he dies sympathize
    Such false witnesses
    Damn self righteousness
    In the black
    Stab me in the back
    In the face
    To lie and shame the race
    Heroine and Marilyn
    The headline stories of
    All your glory

    **
    Are you infected with the same disease of lust, gluttony and greed?
    Then watch the ones
    With the biggest smiles
    The idle jabbers
    'Cause they're the backstabbers

    **
    Spread the word and try to teach the man
    Who's hating his brother, when hate won't do
    'Cause we're all the same, yes, the blood inside me is inside you

    **
    Live and sigh, crying eyes
    Your touch, your heart, your warmth lullaby
    Live to dream, don't it seem
    The tears, the pain
    Reality

    **
    We're disconnected from love
    We're disrespecting each other
    What happened to protecting each other
    Poisoned your body and your soul for a minute of pleasure
    But the damage that you've done is gonna last forever
    Babies being born in the world
    Already drug addicted and afflicted
    Family values are contradicted
    Ashes to ashes, dust to dust
    The pressure's building and I've had enough


    Yes, Michael was just a simple song and dance man. Nothing more. *roll eyes*

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    Default Re: What (in your opinion) are Michael's most profound lyrics?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisC View Post
    Yes, Michael was just a simple song and dance man. Nothing more. *roll eyes*
    I think the general public mostly saw Michael for his dancing more than his music, message, humanitarian work. it's sad. they call him a bad (no pun) guy. Michael wasn't a saint but he did more good in this world than half of the people who think he was guilty etc.



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    Are you infected with the same disease of lust, gluttony and greed?
    Then watch the ones
    With the biggest smiles
    The idle jabbers
    Cause they're the backstabbers

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    Default Re: What (in your opinion) are Michael's most profound lyrics?

    Loving these submissions!

    - "Situation, aggravation, everybody, allegation"
    - "Beat me, hate me, you can never break me/Will me, thrill me, you can never kill me"
    - "I'm tired of being the victim of hate/You're raping me of my pride, oh for God's sake/I look to Heaven to fulfill His prophecy/Set me free"
    - "Tell me, what has become of my rights?"
    - "I'm tired of being the victim of shame/You're throwing me in a class with a bad name"
    - "Situation, speculation, everybody, litigation/Beat me, bash me, you can never trash me/Hit me, kick me, you can never get me"


    These are all excellent double entendres. Michael wrote "They Don't Care About Us" as a narrative told by the oppressed, but the above lyrics could very easily be interpreted as Michael's statement against the Chandler accusations and the consequent fallout.

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    Default Re: What (in your opinion) are Michael's most profound lyrics?

    Very good topic my friend, Mike was so overlooked for his lyrical genius throughout the years. It was probably the biggest injustice within his artistry
    I was talking to a friend of mine recently who said he hated the fact that Michael "resorted to his blackness" after the allegations. I obviously corrected him but one thing I said is it's the subtly that Mike had that often was so subtle it was overlooked, like Beat It was about peacefully stopping gang violence, Liberian Girl is a song about Black African being beautiful and sexy (which the fact it was so rare in pop music was terrible and credit to Michael for shining a light on these beautiful women), another was Speed Demon (pull over boy and get your ticket right) I mean nearly every black man in America can relate to that and just because it's subtle it goes unnoticed. Michael was such a genius songwriter just because his hooks were catchy doesn't mean they weren't profound
    Here are some of my favourites off the top of my head.
    I love Is It Scary
    Can the heart reveal the proof
    Like a mirror reveals the truth
    See the evil one is you
    Is It Scary for you baby

    They Don't Care About Us, is an often overlooked lyrical masterpiece but one of the most profound parts is,
    I look to heaven to fulfil its prophecy
    Set me free

    Stranger In Moscow
    "How does it feel, When you're alone and you're cold inside"

    Again great topic my friend something, I always feel gets forgotten with MJ because he was such a once in a lifetime performer

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    Absolutely love the topic.
    I find it hard to pick favorites, but I love reading everyone’s contributions.
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    Default Re: What (in your opinion) are Michael's most profound lyrics?

    Quote Originally Posted by SmoothCriminal1995 View Post
    Michael "resorted to his blackness" after the allegations.
    You know I find that one disgusting. I absolutely HATE it. I've heard it before too.

    The inference is that Michael used "his blackness" as some kind of defence from the allegations. Like he only wanted to be black when he felt he could use it to his advantage.

    Hideous.

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    Michael was always a black man. he only had two diseases. people who saying he wasn't black need to look at photos as him as a kid to the bad era. also read up vitiligo and lupus.

    it really bothers me when people say that because as a person with disabilities i know what i have. i don't need some outsider and haters telling me what have and don't have. i totally feel Michael pain with that one.

    heck even my mother gets annoy about it and she doesn't have any disabilities at all.

    i'm so glad that we live in a time that stuff like this is more talk about. r.i.p Michael bless you dear.



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    I love his more "obscure" lyrics too, told in a "fragmentary" manner and often left open to interpretations, like Be Not Always, Little Susie or Scared Of The Moon.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisC View Post
    Are you infected with the same disease of lust, gluttony and greed?
    Then watch the ones
    With the biggest smiles
    The idle jabbers
    'Cause they're the backstabbers
    This part was quoted twice already, let me be the third to cite it, it's brilliant both lyrically and rhythmically.

    Quote Originally Posted by AlwaysThere View Post
    These are all excellent double entendres. Michael wrote "They Don't Care About Us" as a narrative told by the oppressed, but the above lyrics could very easily be interpreted as Michael's statement against the Chandler accusations and the consequent fallout.
    I think also Is This Scary, Scream and even Morphine can be viewed as personal statements about his struggles, but at the same time interpreted on a more universal level as well.
    I look to greet the stars
    But there's no stars to see

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisC View Post
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    Yes, Michael was just a simple song and dance man. Nothing more. *roll eyes*
    This comes from tv performances that were viewed by millions like Motown 25, Grammys 88, Super Bowl 93, MTV awards 1995. His great lyrics get buried in dance routines and showmanship. It's hard to shake of when you grew up in a band known for soul/funk and disco hits. If he had wanted to be respected as a lyricist he should have chosen different types of albums and tours.

    But still he inspired all kinds of artists and people of all cultures, ages and sex despite being viewed as just a song/dance man by critics/press. If one inspires millions of people of all kind of professions then I think the critics are simply clueless.

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    I think the "song and dance man" expression here is more in a figurative sense, not connected to the fact how often MJ did indeed dance, but in the "just entertain us, know your place and be happy with it" sense.
    I look to greet the stars
    But there's no stars to see

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozemouze View Post
    I think the "song and dance man" expression here is more in a figurative sense, not connected to the fact how often MJ did indeed dance, but in the "just entertain us, know your place and be happy with it" sense.
    This very effective way to belittle people dates all the way back to minstrel and vaudeville shows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JichaelMackson View Post
    But still he inspired all kinds of artists and people of all cultures, ages and sex despite being viewed as just a song/dance man by critics/press. If one inspires millions of people of all kind of professions then I think the critics are simply clueless.
    Or with an agenda. But yeah, sometimes they are simply just clueless indeed, or insecure about their values and felt threatened by the likes of MJ. It happens in cinema world as well, and it's a disappointing realization for someone like me who thinks being a critic supposed to be an important profession. But in reality amateurs often have more insight and especially enthusiasm about the topics they write about, not to mention being more open-minded to begin with.

    "I'm right back where I wanna be
    I'm standin' though you're kickin' me"

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    I look to greet the stars
    But there's no stars to see

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    They say it because they aren't prepared to accept a Michael Jackson that challenges himself and his audience. It's easier to dismiss him and put him in that box.

    As much as Michael Jackson did the Superbowl and Motown 25, he put these lyrics on albums that sold by the bucketload. Critics in their droves ignored the lyrical content of HIStory for example, and the ones who did bother to acknowledge them dismissed them as paranoia or whiny.

    Guaranteed they were fawning over other artists who they were happy to treat as such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisC View Post
    They say it because they aren't prepared to accept a Michael Jackson that challenges himself and his audience. It's easier to dismiss him and put him in that box.

    As much as Michael Jackson did the Superbowl and Motown 25, he put these lyrics on albums that sold by the bucketload. Critics in their droves ignored the lyrical content of HIStory for example, and the ones who did bother to acknowledge them dismissed them as paranoia or whiny.

    Guaranteed they were fawning over other artists who they were happy to treat as such.
    Yep, and the childlike aspect of his character fit very neatly in that box. They didn’t want anything to do with the panther aspect, though.
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