Do You Like Morphine?

Do You Like Morphine


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Lil

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Re: Do You Like Morophine?

And then BAM! You're in another world. Just like that. Peaceful. Blissful.
*shivers*
I'd imagine this is what it's like when you finally give in. The voices are gone, the harshness is gone (the pain). But still, the lyrics - even though its peaceful and quiet, your mind is still like 'what are you doing? oh god what are you doing?' And instead of judgmental and accusatory, the voice is agonizing and almost begging...sorrowful. Because, in essence, the pain is still there, you're just covering it up.
But still, at the moment, things are nice and floaty. Its like the listener is FEELING what someone going through this would feel. You almost want to bypass what the lyrics are staying and just listen to the floatiness of it all. Like for me, the lyrics that stand out the most are "relax, this won't hurt you" and "close your eyes and count to ten" and "Don't cry"...because they're commands. Everything else kinda floats on by. But its still there.
And its only temporary. Its an illusion. Because just as fast as you enter euphoria, you come out of it hard and fast - and it almost hurts even more when that happens because its so SHOCKING.
very well said.. it gives us a painful insight as to why it came to this, the need to NOT feel, to just numb all the pain, the sadness, the loneliness..:teary_eyed: in the beginning it was hard to listen to cause I felt so sad he had to go through all of that..:cry:

But I love this song, it's genius..!
 

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Michael was a true artist. He was a genius.

what the fuuuuuuuuuuuuuudge I've never seen this before lol
Pretty sure its fanmade but not official but STILL! ....despite the crazy scary ending, I actually really like it. Very artistic and haunting/unsettling, just like the song.
 

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I love Morphine. There's so much going on in that song. To me it not just about the allure of the drug but the addiction to fame and money of those around him. Shows just how aware he was of peoples motivations.
 

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That is my favorite song from Blood On The Dance Floor. It is kind of creepy in a way. It's creepy to me because the man is hooked on Demerol and needs it more and more each day. Which is how Michael was with propofol because of his doctors.
 

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That is my favorite song from Blood On The Dance Floor. It is kind of creepy in a way. It's creepy to me because the man is hooked on Demerol and needs it more and more each day. Which is how Michael was with propofol because of his doctors.

Hard to imagine. I think he was referring to his feelings and his painkiller 'addiction' back in 1993.
 

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Jesus, I remember as a kid thinking the lyrics were

"Debbie Rowe, Debbie Rowe, oh god he's dating Debbie Rowe....."
 

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I've always liked the contrast from hard hitting vocals (and sounds) to smooth soothing!
 

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I voted for 'I love it' :clapping:

I love the contrast between the slow soothing part and the screaming lyrics. :blush:

Its like a 'Morning' song. Listen to that and you're instantly awake LOL :D

No seriously, I love it as it does handle a 'touchy' subject of the use of Pain medication :unsure:
Once, you have been there, it does struck a cord within you!
 

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It's absolutely excellent. One of his most impressive artistic triumphs.
 

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It's absolutely excellent. One of his most impressive artistic triumphs.

Most definitely so. It's a raw, honest and deeply personal piece = art at its very best. Masterpieces such as Morphine demonstrate Michael's true depth as an artist which goes well beyond entertainment. His popularity and the visual elements of some of his songs, as well as the dance routines have managed to overshadow his brilliant and raw songwriting.

I may have said this before, but I think it begs repeating - Billie Jean, Beat it & Speed demon are entertainment, Morphine, Little Susie, Earth Song and soooo many others are art. Don't mean to sound terribly elitist and consider art only those elements which deal with dark, somber matters. After all, life is far too serious and dreadful an affair to focus only on its dark parts. Levity and entertainment are always needed, but there is indeed something very special about an artist's ability to express all variables of human emotion (including the less pleasant ones). And when you combine that simple humanity and empathy with the courage to expose one's very own weaknesses, angst and fears it's even greater an achievement. That raw sincerity is most appealing to me and to many other art lovers, I'm sure. Michael manages to do all of that brilliantly in Morphine. Definitely one of the hidden gems in his catalog, sadly overlooked by the general public and music "connoisseurs".

Great thread btw and some really brilliant and insightful posts. I'm amazed I've missed it initially, thanks for bringin' it back up :)
 
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Most definitely so. It's a raw, honest and deeply personal piece = art at its very best. Masterpieces such as Morphine demonstrate Michael's true depth as an artist which goes well beyond entertainment. His popularity and the visual elements of some of his songs, as well as the dance routines have managed to overshadow his brilliant and raw songwriting.

I may have said this before, but I think it begs repeating - Billie Jean, Beat it & Speed demon are entertainment, Morphine, Little Susie, Earth Song and soooo many others are art. Don't mean to sound terribly elitist and consider art only those elements which deal with dark, somber matters. After all, life is far too serious and dreadful an affair to focus only on its dark parts. Levity and entertainment are always needed, but there is indeed something very special about an artist's ability to express all variables of human emotion (including the less pleasant ones). And when you combine that simple humanity and empathy with the courage to expose one's very own weaknesses, angst and fears it's even greater an achievement. That raw sincerity is most appealing to me and to many other art lovers, I'm sure. Michael manages to do all of that brilliantly in Morphine. Definitely one of the hidden gems in his catalog, sadly overlooked by the general public and music "connoisseurs".

Great thread btw and some really brilliant and insightful posts. I'm amazed I've missed it initially, thanks for bringin' it back up :)

I love the BOLD quote. Indeed, another reason to love the song as it tells a 'hidden' story and I like that in songs. it takes you away and it makes you aware of a otherwise 'shunned' topic.
 

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Strangely Morphine came on my playlist on the drive home yesterday, I hadn't heard it for ages.

It got me thinking how damn experimental MJ got in the last 90's. I mean this song both sonically, structurally & in regards to the subject manner.

So frustrating that he isn't known for this time of stuff instead of 'just' the amazing pop he produced.

We have spoken already about MJ not being respected enough as an artist & this is another example. The fact that he was opening his heart up so much on such a personal matter is astounding. The lyrics in the bridge for example:

Relax
This won't hurt you
Before I put it in
Close your eyes and count to ten
Don't cry
I won't convert you
There's no need to dismay
Close your eyes and drift away

Demerol
Demerol
Oh, God, he's taking Demerol
Demerol
Demerol
Oh, God, he's taking Demerol

He's tried
Hard to convince her
To be over what he had
Today he wants it twice as bad
Don't cry
I won't resent you
Yesterday you had his trust
Today he's taking twice as much

Yes, he output around this time was so different to anything I've ever heard anyone produce, especially a mainstream pop or R&B artist.

Little Susie
Morphine
Earth Song
TDCAU
Stranger in Moscow
 

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The mainstream media always refers to Michael's '80s output as the primordial reason why he's the greatest pop star of all time. Rightfully so but, as much as I adore said material, all that showed was that he was skilled with making great pop music.

However - and this is a point I will push forever - the '90s is when Michael proved himself as an all-around ARTIST, a title very few people are graced with. Anybody can be adept at making a certain genre, but it takes talent (not only by the singer themselves but also by the people they surround themselves with) to not only open themselves up to experimentation and exploration of other mediums, but also to pull it off.

Will You Be There
They Don't Care About Us
Stranger in Moscow
Earth Song
Childhood
Little Susie
Morphine
Is It Scary

These are not your average pop songs. These are artistic explorations and aesthetic triumphs. Michael's versatility, both vocally and musically, is something every musician on the face of the planet should be envious of.
 

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I prefer hydrocodone......Oh you mean Morphine the song...LOVE IT. lol

Seriously, Hydro is good for back problems. Only downside is that after it wears off, you feel like your dragging ass.
 

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Great song.

Such strong lyrics. - Such emotions. - those break downs (are they bridges?) they are genius!

All the new songs on BOTDF are great. - Very sad they did not get more promotion. Is It Scary is one of my favorite MJ songs.

Morphine is quite scary too. - Now after MJ's death, and how he died. The lyrics are a bit too close to the truth.

MJ released this song - was it a cry for help? If so, noone responded.... :(
 
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