audio review : Cry ( song ) … Michael Jackson

The beginning sounds too much like Stranger In Moscow, but the song gets better from there. Cry, which the title suggests is a counterpart to Scream, is actually the new Man In The Mirror; a fact you might not recognize until the end. “Change the world”, is the final message. Back then it was, “Make that change.”

Aesthetically both philanthropy anthems are about the same, but the message sounded more urgent in 1987. The melodies are well composed and the ad-libs during the final minute near classic Michael Jackson, but, despite backup from a full gospel choir, he sounds less energetic, ironically less Invincible, here.

my rating = 4 of 5

2001

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the song lyrics to Ghosts by Michael Jackson

There’s a ghost out in the hall.
There’s a ghoul up under the bed.
There’s something in the walls.
There’s blood up on the stairs.
And it’s floating thru the room.
And there’s nothing I can see.
And I know it’s fled its tomb
because now it’s haunting me.

I don’t understand it.
Hey. I don’t understand it.

There’s a thumping in the floor.
There’s a creak behind the door.
There’s a rocking in the chair,
but there’s no one sitting there.
There’s a ghostly smell around,
but nobody to be found.
And a coffin, it lay open
where a restless soul is poking.

I don’t understand it
I don’t understand it.

And who gave you the right to scare my family?
And who gave you the right to shake my baby? She needs me.
And who gave you the right to shake my family tree?

They put a knife in my back, shot an arrow in me.
Tell me; are you the ghost of jealousy?

There’s a thumping in the floor.
There’s a creak behind the door.
There’s a rocking in the chair,
but nobody’s sitting there.
There’s a ghostly smell around,
but nobody to be found.
And a coffin, it lay open
where a restless soul is poking.

Don’t understand it.
Don’t understand it.

And who gave you the right to scare my family?
And who gave you the right to scare my baby? She needs me.
And who gave you the right to shake my family tree?
And who gave you the right to take intrusion to see me?

And who gave you the right to shake my family?
And who gave you the right to (scare) my baby? She needs me.
And who gave you the right to shake my family tree?

She put a knife in my back, shot an arrow in me.
Tell me; are you the ghost of jealousy?

And who gave you the right to shake my family?
And who gave you the right to shake my baby? She needs me.
And who gave you the right to shake my family tree?
And who gave you the right to (take) intrusion to see me?

And who gave you the right to (scare) my family?
And who gave you the right to (scare) my baby? She needs me.
And who gave you the right to shake my family tree?

You put a knife in my back, shot an arrow in me.
Tell me; are you the ghost of jealousy?

1997

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audio review : Ghosts ( song ) … Michael Jackson

Though the spooky soundscape; a thumping in the floor, a creep behind the door; suggests otherwise, this isn’t just a song about ghosts. The term seems to be a metaphor for something deeper, something real. “Who gave you the right to shake my family tree,” the controversial King Of Pop asks rhetorically, “Tell me; are you the ghost of jealousy?” He’s apparently addressing his many detractors, but the point is nearly lost in the groove.

The beat, produced by Teddy Riley, is as cold as the concept, and the bridge conjures 1970s funk, but it’s the aforementioned chorus; not the words themselves, but their harmonic melodies; that haunts. It’s a majestic masterpiece; one of the best I’ve heard, in my life, from Michael Jackson or anyone else. There’s just something (special) about the way it’s layered that, at the right moment, can literally send chills down your spine.

my rating = 5 of 5

1997

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