1. Thursday, July 2, 2009

    what i love about this leaked footage of Michael Jackson’s last rehearsal 

    is that the song is “They Don’t Care About Us”

    the other day Matt Welch asked me to list MJs best 5 songs, post-Bad. and i totally forgot about this song until i heard it in my shower yesterday. whats great about it is its the antithesis of all of his hopeful, cheery, kiddie tunes. it’s a followup in a way of “Just Leave Me Alone”. heres the controversial lyrics that got him in trouble with his Jewish friends.

    “They Don’t Care About Us”

    Skin head, dead head
    Everybody gone bad
    Situation, aggravation
    Everybody allegation
    In the suite, on the news
    Everybody dog food
    Bang bang, shot dead
    Everybody’s gone mad

    All I wanna say is that
    They don’t really care about us
    All I wanna say is that
    They don’t really care about us

    Beat me, hate me
    You can never break me
    Will me, thrill me
    You can never kill me
    Jew me, sue me
    Everybody do me
    Kick me, kike me
    Don’t you black or white me

    All I wanna say is that
    They don’t really care about us
    All I wanna say is that
    They don’t really care about us

    Tell me what has become of my life
    I have a wife and two children who love me
    I am the victim of police brutality, now
    I’m tired of bein’ the victim of hate
    You’re rapin’ me of my pride
    Oh, for God’s sake
    I look to heaven to fulfill its prophecy…
    Set me free

    Skin head, dead head…

    Tell me what has become of my rights
    Am I invisible because you ignore me?
    Your proclamation promised me free liberty, now
    I’m tired of bein’ the victim of shame
    They’re throwing me in a class with a bad name
    I can’t believe this is the land from which I came
    You know I do really hate to say it
    The government don’t wanna see
    But if Roosevelt was livin’
    He wouldn’t let this be, no, no

    Skin head, dead head…

    Some things in life they just don’t wanna see
    But if Martin Luther was livin’
    He wouldn’t let this be