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Michael Jackson: Billie Jean Meaning

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Song Released: 1983


Billie Jean Lyrics

She was more like a beauty queen from a movie scene
I said dont 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
2nd verse
She told me her name...

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    anonymous
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    Jun 5th, 2009 6:26am report


    Straight from the king of pop's mouth, "There never was a real Billie Jean. The girl in the song is a composite of people my brothers have been plagued with over the years. I could never understand how these girls could say they were carrying someone's child when it wasn't true." - Michael Jackson, Moon Walk



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    wildone
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    Jul 17th, 2009 7:36am report


    I agree with the interpretations given, especially the idea that an artist creates a song (or an author creates a poem) so that the audience can identify with it personally. Additionally, I would like to suggest an interpretation about the lines, "Mother always told me be careful of who you love, and be careful of what you do 'cause the lie bcomes the truth." The couple danced, the guy was thrilled to be her choice (because "Every head turned with eyes that dreamed of being the one"). And maybe he led others to believe (bragged to his guy friends) that they'd had sex. Maybe he was infatuated with her for a bit, but wised up quickly. When he got wise to the type of woman she was, he "dumped" her ("don't go around breaking young girls' hearts"). She was furious since she wasn't used to this treatment; SHE had always been the one to break off relationships. So she ends up pregnant by another guy (on purpose?) to get back at him. (The well-known line "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" comes to mind.) And now "the lie became the truth" because he'd have to try to admit he never did have sex with her when earlier he bragged about it. Everyone believes the woman (after all she is someone that seems to hold sway over others), even the guy's girlfriend is distrustful; and the picture "proves" the baby is his. One theme appears to suggest "be careful who you hang around and careful of what you say." It all may come back to haunt you.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 12th, 2007 9:56am report


    This song is about a crazed fan who had a baby and was so obsessed with Jackson that she believed it was his. She sent packages and photos of the child to him, eventually sending him a gun and ordering him to commit suicide at the same time as she would kill her baby and then herself, so that they could be "together as a family". The police tracked down the woman, saved the baby and proved that it was not Jackson's. He was so disturbed by the whole affair that he wrote a song about it; one of his biggest hits to date.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 27th, 6:35am report


    Michael "bIllie Jean" is about a girl that was mentally ill.she lived next door to the Jackson's in California .she would come over to see the boys.which one she liked is not noted.she would come see them perform.she was obsessive but with all of them.she was in love with michael moe than the others.she had twins- now this is where it gets bizarre - according to Quincy jones the twins were identical yes identical- and michael was the father of one of them and one of the other brothers were the father of the second identical twin whether or not he was a virgin is irrevelant she was scorned and made trouble for him she had been in a mental institution before no other mention was ever made of her - note the song "dirty Diana" was said by some to be a reference to her



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    anonymous
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    Nov 6th, 2013 11:04pm report


    I think that the song Billie Jean could be real or fake. The only people who know are the people who work with/for Michael Jackson or Michael himself. Or maybe Michael meant to keep it this way. A mystery for everyone to talk about. I think Michael Jackson is... was a great performer and Billie Jean may really be out there somewhere.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 6th, 2013 11:01pm report


    I think that the song Billie Jean could be real or fake. The only people who know are the people who work with/for Michael Jackson or Michael himself. Or maybe Michael meant to keep it this way. A mystery for everyone to talk about. I think Michael Jackson is... was a great performer and Billie Jean may really be out there somewhere.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 4th, 2013 11:27pm report


    It's about a groupie who *ahems* with MJ.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 17th, 2012 8:38pm report


    BJ is about lies and violation. It goes along with Dirty Diana and Wanna Be Startin Somethin. It is about being surrounded by liars and enablers and wanting to get away and escape by denying the lies--Billy Jean is NOT my lover. It is trying to tell the truth in the face of lies. This was true for MJ all his life. 'A lie becomes the truth'--that is, the lies told about MJ all his life.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 9th, 2012 6:42am report


    Just thought you guys would be interested in this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theatre_in_the_round

    What if "on the floor, in the round" referred to dancing in a typical disco floor configuration where the seating is all around the dance floor?



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    anonymous
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    Dec 21st, 2011 12:42pm report


    It is a matter of interpretation. The lyrics seem to indicate that a couple had sex and a child was born. If she tried to blame it on Michael Jackson then she might be a gold digger. We have seen it before and it will always be debatable. It reminds me of lawyers acting in a courtroom in an effort to sway the judge or juries decision in their favor.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 9th, 2011 6:26am report


    It's definitely about drugs.



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    anonymous
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    May 7th, 2011 5:25pm report


    Billie Jean is about a girl that he met in the pool and started to dance with her and she told him that she was pregnant but it's not his child



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    anonymous
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    Feb 23rd, 2011 2:56pm report


    about a girl who is in love with a guy who is not in love with her so she tells all these lies and say her kid is his. and he is like yea ur pretty and probably did have sex with u but that baby aint mine. lol somewhere along those lines. but billie jean is also mentioned in another song "wanna be startin something" talkin about billie jean "tellin lies and rubbing shoulders, so they call her mouth a motor" he also says "you got my baby crying" meaning she is letting his real girlfriend lies tryna to break them off.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 23rd, 2011 2:42pm report


    i think the song is about a guy who cheated onn his girlfriend and had a baby with her but is denying it.
    "She told my baby we'd danced 'till three
    Then she looked at me
    Then showed a photo of a baby cryin'
    His eyes were like mine
    Come on dance on the floor in the round, baby"
    this to me is the proof. billie jean told his girlfriend they "danced" until 3, meaning sex. and showed a picture of the baby who is his bcuz his eyes. just my opinion..



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    anonymous
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    Dec 12th, 2010 12:43pm report


    I think Michael Jackson was talking about Billie Jean, his pet toucan, and how crushed he was when the toucan refused to marry him. But hey, that's just what I think.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 12th, 2010 12:58am report


    Hiding behind the badge

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Jul 4th, 2010 7:20pm report


    It sounds like he was telling a story, with him as the main character. He meets a girl at a club, they have a baby, she shows him a photo saying the baby looks like him, and he's trying to deny the fact that they had a baby as a result of a one night stand.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 24th, 2010 6:03am report


    Straight from MJ's mouth;

    There is a girl named Billie jean, but it's not that Billie jean. Billie Jean is kinda anonymous. It represents a lot of girls who used to - they used to call them groupies in the '60s-they would hang around backstage doors and any band that would come to town they would have a relationship with. And I think I wrote this out of experience with my brothers when I was little. There were a lot of Billie jeans put there. Every girl claimed that their son was related to nut brothers



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