Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

September 3, 2022

Famous for his flawless moonwalk and exquisite vocals, Michael Jackson released “Billie Jean” as part of the Thriller album against the wishes of his producer Quincy Jones. The song tells the story of a woman that claims the narrator is the father of her child, a newborn son. The narrator denies the woman’s claims. 

It reached the top spot in 10 countries by the spring of 1983. Soon after, the hit single spent ten consecutive weeks at the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, earning the title of second best-selling single in America.

On April 4, 1983, “Billie Jean” was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. This is just one of the song’s many awards and recognitions.

Fun Facts

  • “Billie Jean” was certified Platinum on February 4, 1989, and won two Grammy awards for the Best R&B performance.
  • Michael Jackson wrote the song from his experience with numerous women claiming him the father of their children.
  • The song’s producer Quincy Jones thought the song was too weak to make the final cut for Thriller. Boy, was he wrong.
  • “Billie Jean” came out on January 2, 1983, by Epic record label.
  • Michael Jackson is remembered for his bleached skin resulting from his vitiligo and lupus diagnosis.
  • He would die at the age of 50 from a propofol overdose. His death was declared a homicide.

Lyrics 

She was more like a beauty queen from a movie scene

I said don’t mind, but what do you mean, I am the one

Who will dance on the floor in the round?

She said I am the one, who will dance on the floor in the round

She told me her name was Billie Jean, as she caused a scene

Then every head turned with eyes that dreamed of being the one

Who will dance on the floor in the round

People always told me be careful of what you do

And don’t go around breaking young girls’ hearts

And mother always told me be careful of who you love

And be careful of what you do ’cause the lie becomes the truth

Billie Jean is not my lover

She’s just a girl who claims that I am the one

But the kid is not my son

She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son

For forty days and forty nights

The law was on her side

But who can stand when she’s in demand

Her schemes and plans

‘Cause we danced on the floor in the round

So take my strong advice, just remember to always think twice

(Do think twice, do think twice)

She told my baby we’d danced ’til three, then she looked at me

Then showed a photo my baby cried his eyes were like mine (oh, no)

‘Cause we danced on the floor in the round, baby

People always told me be careful of what you do

And don’t go around breaking young girls’ hearts

She came and stood right by me

Just the smell of sweet perfume

This happened much too soon

She called me to her room

Billie Jean is not my lover

She’s just a girl who claims that I am the one

But the kid is not my son

Billie Jean is not my lover

She’s just a girl who claims that I am the one

But the kid is not my son

She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son

She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son

Billie Jean is not my lover

She’s just a girl who claims that I am the one

But the kid is not my son

She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son

She says I am the one

You know what you did, (she says he is my son) breaking my heart babe

She says I am the one

Billie Jean is not my lover

Billie Jean is not my lover

Billie Jean is not my lover

Billie Jean is not my lover (don’t Billie Jean)

Billie Jean is not my lover

Billie Jean is not my lover

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