Song of the Day #3,900: ‘She’s Out of My Life’ – Michael Jackson

My second Michael Jackson post in a little over a week, this one comes from Jackson’s classic 1979 album Off the Wall, arguably his overall best release.

Written by Tom Bahler, ‘She’s Out of My Life’ became the fourth top ten single from Off the Wall. Producer Quincy Jones originally intended to give the song to Frank Sinatra but he wanted to see what Jackson could do with a mature ballad. Jackson famously couldn’t help but tear up during the song’s final lines, and you can hear his voice cracking on the final version.

It’s sad to watch this video and see Jackson before his appearance changed so drastically, and before his unprecedented fame led him down such dark paths.

[Chorus]
She’s out of my life
She’s out of my life
And I don’t know whether to laugh or cry
I don’t know whether to live or die
And it cuts like a knife
She’s out of my life

[Verse 1]
It’s out of my hands
It’s out of my hands
To think for two years she was here
And I took her for granted, I was so cavalier
Now, the way that it stands
She’s out of my hands

[Bridge]
So, I’ve learned that love’s not possession
And I’ve learned that love won’t wait
Now, I’ve learned that love needs expression
But, I’ve learned too late

[Chorus]
And she’s out of my life
She’s out of my life
Damned indecision and cursed pride
Kept my love for her locked deep inside
And it cuts like a knife
She’s out of my life

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,900: ‘She’s Out of My Life’ – Michael Jackson

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    A timely post given all the controversy over the HBO documentary and the debate as to whether it is appropriate to continue to listen to Jackson’s music.

    For me, I will choose again to separate the art from the artist and will continue to listen to Jackson.

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