Song Analysis Micheal Jackson- Beat It

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Selina Pearl
Professor Finch
English 109
03 August 2010
Michael Jackson – “Beat It”

In 2009, we lost one of the greatest entertainers in music history, however his music still lives on, inspiring and touching people’s heart. I have always been a fan of Michael Jackson, and the reason why I picked this song is because it presents a strong message. Not only did
Jackson make a powerful statement with his lyrics, he also made one with his choice of rhythm and beats. The guitars and drums that were used, give the song a dramatic rock vibe. According to music critics Jackson’s album Thriller seemed to be inspired by “a mixture of several genres which previously were never combined” ( thrilleralbum). It is pretty obvious
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The Angel would tell him “They Are Out To Get You, Better Leave While You Can” and the
Devil would respond with “Don’t Wanna Be A Boy, You Wanna Be A Man”. The Devil and
Angel scenario could be used for all of the Verses in the song (nersa). Besides violence and gang mentality, I could also see that this song could be about how Michael is struggling to find his own identity. During the time when the album was created, Michael experienced the feeling of sad and loneliness and felt undervalued in the music Industry (thrilleralbum). In Joyner’s Interview, Jackson said “he is now just learning about the value of friendship, and getting to know people”. I find it very strange that a 24 year old man never experienced friendship before ,although for Jackson it seemed to be normal because he grew up on stage. Michael also revealed that he had tutors, because it was impossible for him to attend public schools due to the fact that he was famous. I interpret the first verse
(…Don’t Wanna See Your Face , You Better Disappear / The Fire’s In Their Eyes And The
Words Are Really Clear...) as if the media is attacking Michael Jackson, and spreading rumors about him. He is trying to get even with the media when he says “You Have To Show Them That
You Really Not Scared/ Showin’ How Funky Strong Is Your Fight.” Jackson defends himself and says that he is “Bad”, as in the best