Song of the Day #2,569: ‘Billie Jean’ – Michael Jackson

michael_jackson_thrillerMy #2 album of 1982 may well have been the #1, were it not for a classic record by a personal favorite. But Michael Jackson’s Thriller will have to settle for being the world’s all-time top selling album.

All these years later, after Jackson’s many scandals and unseemly death, it’s hard to recall what a fresh and dominating presence he was in the music world. Taylor Swift could only wish for his level of cultural dominance.

I remember Thriller mostly through its videos — ‘Billie Jean’ and ‘Beat It’ and especially the title track, the mini monster movie that truly put MTV on the map.

This is pop R&B at its finest. Thirty years later, I see my daughters fall for these tracks as easily as I did at their age, and I hear the brilliant ‘Billie Jean’ bass line echoed in a handful of new releases every year.

That, my friends, is the definition of a classic.

[Verse 1]
She was more like a beauty queen from a movie scene
I said don’t mind, but what do you mean I am the one
Who will dance on the floor in the round
She said I am the one, who will dance on the floor in the round
She told me her name was Billie Jean
As she caused a scene
Then every head turned with eyes that dreamed of being the one
Who will dance on the floor in the round

[Bridge 1]
People always told me be careful of what you do
And don’t go around breaking young girls’ hearts
And mother always told me be careful of who you love
And be careful of what you do cause the lie becomes the truth

[Chorus]
Billie Jean is not my lover
She’s just a girl who claims that I am the one
But the kid is not my son
She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son

[Verse 2]
For fourty days and for forty nights
The law was on her side
But who can stand when she’s in demand
Her schemes and plans
Cause we danced on the floor in the round
So take my strong advice, just remember to always think twice
Do think twice (heeee)
She told my baby we’d danced till three, then she looked at me
Then showed a photo my baby cried his eyes were like mine (oh, no!)
Cause we danced on the floor in the round, baby

[Bridge 2]
People always told me be careful of what you do
And don’t go around breaking young girls’ hearts
She came and stood right by me
Then the smell of sweet perfume
This happened much too soon
She called me to her room

[Chorus]

[Outro]
Billie Jean Is Not My Lover
Billie Jean Is Not My Lover

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,569: ‘Billie Jean’ – Michael Jackson

  1. Dana says:

    This reflects another example of the exaggeration of time when you are young, as I recall the significance of airing Jackson’s videos on mtv because, until then, there were complaints that mtv did not play black artists. It seemed as though that controversy raged for years, but that couldn’t be so since mtv launched in ’81 and these videos likely started airing a year or so later. Those videos, particularly “Thriller” raised the game on music videos and this album was a monster.

  2. Peg says:

    A classic indeed!

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