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

    We all know that lyrics were secondary to Michael; melody and groove were the elements he was most attentive to. However, there are moments across his catalog where he lyricism was gut-wrenching, profound, and/or truly excellent. Some of my favorites are:

    • "Black or White": "I ain't scared of no sheets"
    • "Stranger in Moscow": "How does it feel when you're alone and you're cold inside?"
    • "Childhood": "Have you seen my childhood?" (incredible double-entendre)
    • "Little Susie": "To be damned to know hoping is dead and you're doomed/Then to scream out and nobody's there"
    • "Is It Scary": "The heart reveals the proof/Like a mirror reveals the truth/See, the evil one is you"

    What are some of yours?

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

    Always, be not always
    And if always
    Bow our heads in shame
    Always, please be not always
    And if always
    Bow our heads in blame
    Cause time has made promises
    Just promises
    Faces, did you see their faces
    Did they touch you
    Have you felt such pain
    To have nothing
    To dream something
    Then lose hoping
    Is not life but lame
    But time has made promises
    Just promises
    Mothers cry, babies die
    Helplessly in arms
    While rockets fly
    And research lies
    In progress to become
    But what of men
    Of flesh and blood
    We turn our backs on life
    How can we claim to stand for peace
    When the races are in strife
    Destroying life
    Always, be not always
    But if always
    Bow our heads in shame
    Always, please, please be not always
    Cause if always
    Bow our heads in blame
    Cause time, time has made promises
    Death promises

    "Cause time has made promises, just promises, death promises". This sums up politics

    "Faces, did you see their faces
    Did they touch you
    Have you felt such pain
    To have nothing
    To dream something
    Then lose hoping
    Is not life but lame"

    This part is perhaps about starving kids, people in concentration camps or perhaps just a depressed neighbor.
    Last edited by JichaelMackson; 03-06-2020 at 05:56 PM.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by AlwaysThere View Post
    We all know that lyrics were secondary to Michael; melody and groove were the elements he was most attentive to. However, there are moments across his catalog where he lyricism was gut-wrenching, profound, and/or truly excellent. Some of my favorites are:

    • "Black or White": "I ain't scared of no sheets"
    • "Stranger in Moscow": "How does it feel when you're alone and you're cold inside?"
    • "Childhood": "Have you seen my childhood?" (incredible double-entendre)
    • "Little Susie": "To be damned to know hoping is dead and you're doomed/Then to scream out and nobody's there"
    • "Is It Scary": "The heart reveals the proof/Like a mirror reveals the truth/See, the evil one is you"

    What are some of yours?
    The thing with Michael’s lyrics is, while some may not look very profound when you see them on paper, they come to life through his vocal delivery. So, it’s hard for me to separate the words from the song and pick favorites, purely based on the words.
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    Default Re: What (in your opinion) are Michael's most profound lyrics?

    I have so many of theses. lol! it's gonna take while for me to do this one but i'll say one of them is I ain't scared of no sheets. that is so deep.



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

    There are so many.

    Tell me what has become of my rights Am I invisible because you ignore me? Your proclamation promised me free liberty, now I’m tired of being the victim of shame they’re throwing me in a class with a bad name I can’t believe this is a land from which I came
    You know I do really hate to say it the government don’t want to see but if Roosevelt was living’ He wouldn’t let this be, no,no

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

    Quote Originally Posted by JichaelMackson View Post
    Always, be not always
    And if always
    Bow our heads in shame
    Always, please be not always
    And if always
    Bow our heads in blame
    I always forget about "Be Not Always"! The above excerpt in particular hits hard. I would say, other than "They Don't Care About Us," this song is Michael's best social/political statement song. No anger, no fury, just shame. Incredible.

    Quote Originally Posted by ScreenOrigami View Post
    The thing with Michael’s lyrics is, while some may not look very profound when you see them on paper, they come to life through his vocal delivery. So, it’s hard for me to separate the words from the song and pick favorites, purely based on the words.
    Also very true! His ability to sell emotion is second to none. I can think of very few artists who can bring tears to my eyes by singing "ya da da da da dum dah" lol.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ScreenOrigami View Post
    The thing with Michael’s lyrics is, while some may not look very profound when you see them on paper, they come to life through his vocal delivery. So, it’s hard for me to separate the words from the song and pick favorites, purely based on the words.
    "I don't sing a song if I don't mean it" - Michael Jackson (1970)

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

    "We are innocently standing by
    Watching people lose their lives
    It seems as if we have no voice
    It is time for us to make a choice
    Only God could decide
    Who will live and who will die
    There is nothing that cannot be done
    If we raise our voice as one
    They have got to hear it from me
    They have got to hear it from you
    They have got to hear it from us
    We cannot take it
    We have already had enough"

    These are very powerful lyrics from We've Had Enough, that apply perfectly to the recent tragic event of the murder of George Floyd.

    We've Had Enough has always been my favourite MJ 'peace' song and it's a shame that other than the few hardcore fans, most people aren't aware of this song's existence.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by AlwaysThere View Post
    • "Black or White": "I ain't scared of no sheets"
    • "Stranger in Moscow": "How does it feel when you're alone and you're cold inside?"
    • "Childhood": "Have you seen my childhood?" (incredible double-entendre)
    • "Little Susie": "To be damned to know hoping is dead and you're doomed/Then to scream out and nobody's there"
    • "Is It Scary": "The heart reveals the proof/Like a mirror reveals the truth/See, the evil one is you"
    I haven't even noticed the double-entendre in "Have you seen my childhood?" , thanks for pointing it out.

    That line from Is It Scary would definitely be on my list too. Actually it could be the whole song...

    "Am I amusing you
    Or just confusing you
    Am I the beast
    You visualized"

    Money

    "I'll never betray or deceive you my friend but

    If you show me the cash
    Then I will take it
    If you tell me to cry
    Then I will fake it
    If you give me a hand
    Then I will shake it"

    Be Not Always is beautifully haunting. This is one of those lyrics that looks already profound on paper, but with MJ's vocal delivery it would convey the message even without words. I didn't understand English yet when I first heard it, but felt exactly the same and saw similar pictures in my head like when I finally understood the lyrics later. I don't think every line of it had to be exactly deciphered, it's a fragile song of concerns, vulnerability and images for me.

    Destiny: The two lines from my signature , they're just so simple yet so straightforward.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nite Line View Post
    "We are innocently standing by
    Watching people lose their lives
    It seems as if we have no voice
    It is time for us to make a choice
    Only God could decide
    Who will live and who will die
    There is nothing that cannot be done
    If we raise our voice as one
    They have got to hear it from me
    They have got to hear it from you
    They have got to hear it from us
    We cannot take it
    We have already had enough"

    These are very powerful lyrics from We've Had Enough, that apply perfectly to the recent tragic event of the murder of George Floyd.

    We've Had Enough has always been my favourite MJ 'peace' song
    and it's a shame that other than the few hardcore fans, most people aren't aware of this song's existence.
    Wholeheartedly agree.

    "She innocently questioned why
    Why her father had to die
    She asked the men in blue
    How is it that you get to choose
    Who will live and who will die
    Did God say that you could decide?
    You saw he did not run
    And that my daddy had no gun"
    I look to greet the stars
    But there's no stars to see

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

    I suppose the song Morphine had profound lyrics from start to finish. Michael is singing about his addiction to pain medication. Some might say that he is also predicting his own death in the song.

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

    'Happy days will drown the pain' (Stranger in Moscow)

    'Half of me you'll never be, so you should feel threatened by me' (Threatened)

    Love these!

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

    Great thread.

    Will You Be There has some amazing lyrics too.

    History too.

    earth Song - I used to dream - I used to glance beyond the stars - Now I don't know where we are - Although I know we've drifted far.

    Heal The World - See the nations turn their swords into plowshares - amazing take on how to make swords peaceful
    https://www.youtube.com/user/Ahess/videos - me dancing MJ - many years ago.

    I would be really glad if you rated or/and commented the videos. Thanks

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

    I love the lyrics from Dirty Diana, especially the third verse.

    You never make me stay
    So take your weight off of me
    ——————————

    I'll be the freak you can taunt
    And I don't care what you say
    I want to go too far
    I'll be your everything
    If you make me a star
    ——————————

    She said I have to go home
    'Cause I'm real tired you see
    But I hate sleppin' alone
    Why don't you come with me
    I said my baby's at home
    She's probably worried tonight
    I didn't call on the phone to
    Say that I'm alright
    Diana walked up to me,
    She said I'm all yours tonight
    At that I ran to the phone
    Sayin' baby I'm alright
    I said but unlock the door.
    Because I forgot the key.
    She said he's not coming back
    Because he's sleeping with me

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Don91 View Post
    I love the lyrics from Dirty Diana, especially the third verse.

    You never make me stay
    So take your weight off of me
    ——————————

    I'll be the freak you can taunt
    And I don't care what you say
    I want to go too far
    I'll be your everything
    If you make me a star
    ——————————

    She said I have to go home
    'Cause I'm real tired you see
    But I hate sleppin' alone
    Why don't you come with me
    I said my baby's at home
    She's probably worried tonight
    I didn't call on the phone to
    Say that I'm alright
    Diana walked up to me,
    She said I'm all yours tonight
    At that I ran to the phone
    Sayin' baby I'm alright
    I said but unlock the door.
    Because I forgot the key.
    She said he's not coming back
    Because he's sleeping with me
    I'm not sure whether it can be considered "deep", but it's definitely great way of storytelling, worth mentioning here.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hess View Post
    Will You Be There has some amazing lyrics too.
    Especially the poem part. "In the promise of another tomorrow" is my favorite line.

    Heal The World: "We stop existing and start living"
    Last edited by ozemouze; 04-06-2020 at 08:22 AM.
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    Default Re: What (in your opinion) are Michael's most profound lyrics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Don91 View Post
    She said I have to go home
    'Cause I'm real tired you see
    But I hate sleppin' alone
    Why don't you come with me
    I said my baby's at home
    She's probably worried tonight
    I didn't call on the phone to
    Say that I'm alright
    Diana walked up to me,
    She said I'm all yours tonight
    At that I ran to the phone
    Sayin' baby I'm alright
    I said but unlock the door.
    Because I forgot the key.
    She said he's not coming back
    Because he's sleeping with me
    those lyrics always shock me. like whoa.



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