I will try to explain what I meant in my last. I hope you book readers and non book lovers can endure this blindingly long text. Its been a long time since giving myself the treat of this "escapism".
I do agree with you MagicGirl and with this example you use from the song, WYBT very, very much. In fact I feel the exact same whenever I hear that song and for that reason it is one of the most difficult songs to listen to without feelings of breakdown to cry.
I guess what I'm saying though is that the song Will You Be There is a song that has as it's title, the form of a question, similar in that way to, Who Is It.
Using Who Is It as an example for a moment, I would point to the fact that just because the title asks a question does not mean (necessarily) that the answer to the title/question is found within the other parts of the song where he is also asking other questions.
The fact that he asks so many other questions within the song indicates to me that he is moreso asking all those other questions as an attempt at trying to figure out the answer to the one question in the song title for instance in Who Is It, which in itself is a foregone conclusion to jump to where he first of all asks that question Who Is It when there is no evidence to support that premise to begin with -- at all - as indicated by lyrics.
He then goes on to suggest who "it" may be by asking questions like, "is it my brother", "is it a friend...' etc. when in actuality the only facts that he mentions that he knows for sure about her disappearance are that, 1. she. didn't leave a letter and 2. she just up and ran away. Those are the only 2 facts of the matter in the entire song relative to her disappearance. 1. No letter. 2. Ran away. All the other questions are sheer explorations as he searches his mind to try and figure out the reason for only those two facts. 1. Why no letter. 2. Why she ran off. Period. Everything else is his extra thoughts about it. What he does not explore in the song are other reasons a person could have to, 1. Write no letter. 2. Take off running.
For Example, "no letter" could be because there was not time to contemplate a letter say for instance being surprised by something she may have reacted or overreacted to, which could lead to why she (or anyone) would up and leave in a hurry or sometimes the lower emotions of either fear or even shame could be possible motivators for a person to suddenly choose to "run" so then if any of those sorts of things were at play, then the answer to his question of Who Is It, is Nobody. It wasn't a "promise so untrue" or "a lie" as other songs suggests, maybe she has a reason to feel disappointment or discouragement, in other words, maybe it was simply her own pain which he was out of tune with because of his own pain. He gave his money ("I gave my money") and he invested time in her ("I gave her time") and everything his heart held for her (I gave her everything inside one heart could find) yes he was coming to her from a deep, true place ("I gave her passion") and that oneness of being ("my very soul") but the one thing he could not give her was attunment to whatever it was that "she" was actually going through which had absolutely nothing to do with him per se.
We know this because his theories about why she did what she did range all the way from her being a low-life, low-down, NO GOOD CHEAT (his brother??!??? his friend??!??) to a calloused liar who all of a sudden doesn't give a damn ('a promise so untrue")....(..."..it doesn't seem to matter") well...all she did was left real fast without a letter ok? Not saying those things are great just saying that ON THEIR OWN those 2 FACTS do not MEAN "xyz" ON THEIR OWN. As any man in show biz, he he he quite naturally was concerned about his "investment"...his time...his money he he he HIM. What about "HER" what about "HER" needs. :scream: Could that be a CLUE to what "she" felt? just asking ok? Someone has to speak for the poor "gal" :innocent:
Similarly, Will You Be There is also a question, right ? so when he tells her (if this song is indeed to/about some gal we call "her") he begins the song by stating his need to be "held" ("hold me") in a deep,spiritually true place within her ("like the river Jordan") and then he would trust "her" deep caring for him (I will THEN say. .you are my friend")....and on it goes about him and his needs and as we all know, he obviously had many legitimate needs.
Also granted, Michael had a lot of expectations pressing in on him and those awful charlatans in his life always trying to manipulate him ("I think that the world's got a role for me I'm so confused..") which totally 100% utterly explains his needs of her true support, love and friendship...it's just that the entire song is solely about "her" meeting ALL these very intense needs of HIS
and yes (since we've been using the bible as the baseline of their spiritual connection, probably because of the values MJ -- her spiritual "head" or leader, was raised with) -- yes, the woman was put here for the sake of the man to be his helpmeet, and yes they are eachOTHER's "other" half...
however......the bible does also say that the husband is to treat his wife as his own body.. in WYBT the only time (I believe??) that"she" is acknowledged in the "list" of experiences with him other than meeting all his very complex needs (which I don't believe she'd mind if she were able) is where he says, "through OUR doubts and frustrations" which I submit would have to be at the core of such a complex relationship...which even with all the true love they share in, within their spiritual connection and all the ideals that being together should have had to bring them together...the fact was.. there were stops.. starts.. doubts...frustrations...and yes love.. albeit "in the dark"
the dark being the doubts perhaps that these two very different lives of theirs could "work" in 3-D and the frustrations in all the baggage they each had to unpack, each on their own where the other is not asked in all actuality to sort through....which each did not want t h e other to actually have to go thru because it is NOT a "regular love" where people are able to "be There" for eachother in the traditional sense.
. Contrary to what some believe the truth is that protection and growing on one's own is also is a true expression of love as well and perhaps as Lisha said, perhaps having this distant, complex, fantasy was perfection for them in it's own way. Perhaps that is why MJ said, "I like living this way, I like lovin this way".
I realize MJ didn't write HN...but still... it fits the theme of the "love story" very well and it is his song.
I promise to do my best to come back to edit errors, sentence structure etc. Thanks for reading all this if you did