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Michael Jackson: Beat It Meaning

Song Released: 1983

Covered By: Fall Out Boy (2007)

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[1st Verse]
They Told Him Don't You Ever Come Around Here
Don't Wanna See Your Face, You Better Disappear
The Fire's In Their Eyes And Their Words Are Really Clear
So Beat It, Just Beat It

[2nd Verse]
You Better Run, You Better Do What...


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    Jan 23rd, 2010 1:14am report

    This is definitely a song about gang wars. The song tells the story of a young male, perhaps, who is tempted to keep his dignity and fight against a group of others who have disrespected him. Michael's suggesting to just forget it, you wanna be a real man, then you beat it. Michael once said "If you enter a fight and lose, you've gained nothing and lost everything."


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    Jun 28th, 2009 6:01am report

    The whole song (and music video) is based on gangs. Specifically, the gangs in the musical, West Side Story. The beginning of the musical, the two gangs continually tell the opposing gang to "beat it." And at the end, there is a rumble, where the two gang leaders fight to the death and a former gang member tries to stop them. Very similiar to how Jackson stops the two leaders from fighting in his music video. The snapping while walking was also done in the musical. I hope this is helpful to those who are trying to get to know Michael Jackson's work better.


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    Jul 17th, 2009 7:22am report

    This song is about how you shouldn't be a man and face the fight. If a guy tells you to beat it, beat it, don't come back asking for a fight, 'cause someone will get hurt, it's just not worth it.


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    Mar 11th, 3:30am report

    When Michael Jackson wrote “Beat it” it was about two gangs coming together to fight. But a young man from one of the gangs came to the two leaders of the gangs and said “beat it” but at the time Michael Jackson was there and tried to help the young man stop the fight.


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    Dec 15th, 2016 12:28pm report

    I just know that he wasa great person and the king of pop. He is the best he cant be BEATEN

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    Nov 25th, 2013 11:02pm report

    As an artist, MJ was not the toughest guy. He was also very sensitive and defensive when people thought the wrong thing about him. He had trouble with relationships. Really, the opposite of what you might expect from a gang member. I think this song expresses a fantasy of his to be tough, confrontational and intimidating. The irony, is that he WAS influential in his own way, through his art and philanthropy. He did not need brawn to effect change.


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    Apr 28th, 2012 4:12pm report

    Yo dis song iz a warning son. Its talks about playing a faget ass game called "chicken" men jacking off 2 c who kumz 1st. N no 1 wants to lose or be defeated. Mike talks about how u wanna b a man BUTT n hollywood u betta submit or get ur ass kicked, aint no goin back so beat it!!! I love micheal kuz he was a messanger lyke 2pac n bob marly. Micheal tried thru his dances lyrics n videos 2 create awareness but was murdered cuz he had a army of listeners. RIP MIKE


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    Feb 24th, 2012 2:45pm report

    it's about wanking off instead of fucking


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    Feb 22nd, 2012 2:05pm report

    This song is about masterbation. He talks about resisting temptation, the heavy breathing, sitting alone in his bed, the dance move which looks like he's dealing cards can easily be seen as pulling his johnson. It's about avoiding sex (you're playing with your life is a warning about AIDS)and pleasuring yourself instead


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    Nov 29th, 2011 11:14am report

    it is a nice song.I wish he was till alive he would have done more of is song.I also know he is going to be happy wih this comment.Love you Michael Jackson.


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    May 23rd, 2011 5:41am report

    This song is about how people getting involved in gangs thinking they can handle it. Michael is trying to tell them to wank off/masturbate hence the title of the song 'Beat It.'


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    Apr 18th, 2011 4:50pm report

    The song is about a bycurios guy who wants to go to the gay underground clubs. He is told that if he goes there, he will have to prove his intentions are true and he is not just trying to find a guy to take somewere and beat up. Michael is telling him to either leave and noone will look down on him or continue and have to prove himself as being truely bycurious. He will have to be tested or get hurt. In that time period, gay guys were often tricked into going somewere and then getting beat up. They had to protect their own and certain test amoung the gay gangs were used to test a guys real intensions.


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    Mar 23rd, 2011 3:32am report

    Many of Michaels songs are based on bible teachings... This one is about turning the other cheek and walking away... don't worry about social acceptance and recognition... none of it matters in the end... "don't be a macho man"... "u wanna stay alive... so beat it" "but u wanna be bad! Just beat it"


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    Mar 21st, 2011 3:12am report

    Mj always was known for making songs that had more then one meanings to it, for example "man in the mirror" song only speaks about the poor and needy whereas the video speaks mainly about racism. Also "leave me alone" song speaks about a woman, whereas the video speaks about the press, etc. The reason for this is because mj did not want anyone to know his message to certain songs that were personal to him. Mj once stated that rappers give out to mch info. And they don't leave room for the imagination. And that he liked to make songs where it would keep the listener imagining, etc. So to sum it all up the song "beat it" in mj's heart was really about black and whites fighting and just used it in the form of gangs. For the saying does go: "beat it"- it doesn't matter who's wrong or who's right

    "black or white"-it doesn't matter if your black or white

    Can't you see it?, it takes great wisdom and discernment to figure mj out, that I have, and even mj's greatest indirect forms of messaging will not throw me off such as with the song "beat it".


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    Mar 2nd, 2011 3:58pm report

    Talking about the elite group in control of world. The evil in their eyes!


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    Mar 8th, 2010 3:05am report

    Maybe it means that violence is never the answer.


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    Jun 28th, 2009 6:57am report

    It means that if someone, particularly a ganger or in a rough neighbourhood is picking a fight with you, that you should just get outta there. No need to prove anything as you'll likely get your ass kicked anyway so it's best just to scram.


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    Jan 19th, 2009 1:09pm report

    I reckon Beat It is about struggling with yourself and your fears. It may be about gang violence as well, but I think it's about struggling with yourself mostly.

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