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Michael Jackson: "Man in the Mirror" Lyric Analysis
Transcript of Michael Jackson: "Man in the Mirror" Lyric Analysis
Suffering of a People: Imagery
Inner Struggle: Imagery
"Man in the mirror, oh yeah!”, “Man in the mirror”
“Better change!” “I’m starting with the man in the mirror, I’m asking him to change his ways, And no message could have been any clearer, If you want to make the world a better place, Take a look at yourself, and then make a change”
Shows how the main point of the song is not focusing on what he thinks of himself when just passing by and watching, but when he actually takes a look at himself. Turning him into a “viewer/accuser” of his own life and how the “Man in the mirror” is another person.
Repeating this is used to show that he is learning and understands that the problem is not just the world, but himself as well. Also showing that if you want to make a change in the world that you need to start with yourself first. “Sweep in front of your own door first.”
. “A window deeply scarred, someone’s broken heart, and a washed out dream, they follow the pattern of the wind ya’ see”
“Cause they got no place to be, That’s why I’m starting with me.”
The images of broken and scarred things add to the song painting the images of suffering and pain in the minds of the listeners.
Again creating the image that the people suffering have no place to turn and are forced into their situations. Eventually tying into the net stanza where he again repeats the self-reflection and repetition of the “Man in the mirror.”
"As I, turn up the collar on, My favorite winter coat, This wind is blowing my mind, I see the kids in the streets, With not enough to eat, Who am I to be blind?, Pretending not to see their needs”
“No message could have been any clearer, If you want to make the world a better place, Take a look at yourself and then make the change”
This builds a image in the minds of the listener showing them how he (Michael) turned a blind eye to the suffering of others before he looked at the “Man in the mirror.” Also tying back to the struggle of a people and the Civil Rights Movement.
This is a blatant command to the listener that when there are others in needs before you decide to help others you must fix yourself first. To make the world a better place you must take a look at yourself and then make those changes.
By: Alan Brinn
Began his music carrier in the 1970s with his brothers in the Jackson 5: Releasing songs like "ABC" and "I Got You Back"
At the age of 13 Jackson began his solo carrer going on to produce hit singles and albums such as: "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and "Thriller"
He would become known as the "King of Pop"
Man in the Mirror
"Man in the Mirror" was released in January of 1987
The music video of this song was very different from Michael Jackson's previous music videos mainly from the fact that Jackson only appears once in the entire video.
Rather than focusing on Jackson the video focuses of famous leaders, socail/economical issues, and other major news stories ranging from the JFK assassination to Mother Teresa
Man in the Mirror
Genre- Pop/ 80's Pop
Artist- Michael Jackson
Label- Epic Records
Writers- Glen Ballard & Siedah Garret
Michael Jackson's, Man in Mirror, focuses on the points of self-reflection and the suffering of a people conveyed through repetition and imagery.