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Song Analysis: Heal the World- Michael Jackson

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Transcript of Song Analysis: Heal the World- Michael Jackson

Heal the World
Heal the World was published in 1991
Heal the World foundation was founded by Michael Jackson in 1991 to help disadvantage people
The song was wrote to promote awareness to children that needed help, like children living in war zones
Song Message
The message of the song
Heal the World
is that we can all do something to make the world better. For example, helping the poor people. Making the world more peaceful and happy.
Literary Device
The main literary devices used in the song are personification and metaphor. These literary devices used help create a closer bond to people and emphasis the message of helping people.
Lyrics 2
Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me
And the entire human race
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make it a better place
For you and for me

Michael Jackson
Born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana
Album
Dangerous
published in 1991 received awards such as the Grammy award and Billboard Music Award
Heal the World was #2 on U.K. Singles chart from 1992-1993
Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 at age 50 due to cardiac arrest

Song Analysis: Heal the World- Michael Jackson
Lyrics 1
There's a place in your heart
And I know that it is love
And this place could be much
Brighter than tomorrow
And if you really try
You'll find there's no need to cry
In this place you'll feel
There's no hurt or sorrow
There are ways to get there
If you care enough for the living
Make a little space
Make a better place
Analysis 1
"There's a place in your heart" is an example of metaphor in the lyrics as heart is compared to a place. This helps connects the message of the song by saying that everyone has a heart for helping people.
Analysis 2
"Heal the World" is an example of personification because the world is being healed like a person. Michael Jackson used it to represent helping others as healing the world.
Lyrics 3
For you and for me
If you want to know why
There's love that cannot lie
Love is strong
It only cares of joyful giving
If we try we shall see
In this bliss we cannot feel
Fear of dread

Analysis 3
"There's love that cannot lie" is the use of personification as it is making love like a person that have actions like lying. The use of the phrase tells that there are definitely people out there that is willing to help poor and disadvantaged people.
Lyrics 4
Though it's plain to see
This world is heavenly
Be god's glow
We could fly so high

Analysis 4
"This world is heavenly" is an example of metaphor as world is being compared to heaven. The singer compare world to heaven to say that by helping people our world would be like heaven.
Analysis 5
"Let our spirits never die" is an example of personification as spirits like human is compared to dying. This phrase strengthen the message that we will keep helping people.
Conclusion
Michael Jackson's
Heal the World
teaches people that they should always help others to make the world a better place, even if it's a small thing. All in all, Heal the World is a song that address one of the most important issue in our society, helping others.
Lyrics 5
Let our spirits never die
In my heart I feel you are all my brothers
Create a world with no fear
Lyrics 6
Together we cry happy tears
See the nations turn their swords into plowshares
We could really get there
If you cared enough for the living
Make a little space
To make a better place

Analysis 6
"Together we cry happy tears" shows the use of personification because tears are compared to human being happy. This helps make the feeling of a happy ending.
Why I chose this song
I chose Michael Jackson's
Heal the World
because the song conveys an important message that there are many people in the world who need our help.
Sources
Jackson, Michael, performer. YouTube. Music Video, michaeljacksonVEVO, 2 Oct. 2009, www.youtube.com.

Google Play Music. Heal the World Lyrics. www.play.google.com.

Michael Jackson: Heal the World Meaning. Lyrics Interpretation, www.lyricinterpretations.com.
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