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Michael Jackson: Beat It Meaning

Song Released: 1983


Covered By: Fall Out Boy (2007)



Beat It Lyrics

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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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    anonymous
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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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    anonymous
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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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    anonymous
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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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    anonymous
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    Jun 8th, 6:02am report


    This song represents the state of mind of a person who is angry with someone or want to take revenge and this anger/willing to take revenge make him want to fight someone else. One voice telling him to fight and another voice telling him to stay away from it.Now, What micheal is suggesting? He is celarly suggesting "It doesn't matter who's wrong or right." The message is "For your peace of mind,you do anything,doesn't matter what you do is right or wrong."



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    anonymous
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    Apr 28th, 4:00pm report


    I wrote with my friend Shane mecham he’s incredible songwriter, and soccer player, and do. He’s helping me, and Patrick and Shaun write music and then we would go anywhere for video shoots, it’s like vacation. But it’s fun to ride in the car, getting coffee, but Shawn wakes up early at 2:45. But it’s really later, but he stays in bed until 6:30, then we put on coffee on and ride in the studio.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 7th, 4:42am report


    I think the songs meaning is whatever hurdles come your way ,don't shatter down but try to change and come up by working hard your own way .People will avoid you and if they know you are talented will have envy too.You don't mind Get going.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 28th, 2018 8:29pm report


    Bead it means play the life game and don't put your conditions. I think he's to some level was right.

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    anonymous
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    Jul 27th, 2018 7:46pm report


    This song is about how Michael loved his family and went to war for them. He beat it (pennywise0 because he was hurting his kids and it reminded him if joe jackson his father
    he was bad I'm going to pass out this song illustrates jackson's relationship with his father. also jackson beat his wife and never got caught so i guess you could say he's a "smooth criminal" he's "bad" I've got news for you jackson belongs in the slammer he's a monster
    -signed
    Calvin Klein

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    anonymous
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    Jul 27th, 2018 7:44pm report


    This song is about how Michael loved his family and went to war for them. He beat it (pennywise0 because he was hurting his kids and it reminded him if joe jackson his father
    he was bad I'm going to pass out this song illustrates jackson's relationship with his father. h

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    anonymous
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    Jul 27th, 2018 7:40pm report


    Well MY interpretation, which is the correct one, is that this song is about Michael Jackson and the beatings he dealt out to his spouse and soon to be wife, Debbie, which should be changed to "deBEAT". I am glad that he was eventually arrested for his crimes and sentenced to life in prison, where he later died at the age of 89. Joe Jackson was truly a bad man who, in the end, was BEAT.

    - signed
    sunny



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    anonymous
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    Jun 19th, 2018 6:59pm report


    Be a Man.-that's all I got.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 11th, 2018 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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    anonymous
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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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    anonymous
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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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    anonymous
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    Feb 24th, 2012 2:45pm report


    it's about wanking off instead of fucking



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    anonymous
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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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    anonymous
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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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    anonymous
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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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