Michael Jackson: Beat It Meaning
Song Released: 1983
Covered By: Fall Out Boy (2007)
Beat It Lyrics
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
You Better Run, You Better Do What...
anonymous 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."
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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"
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous Jun 19th, 2018 6:59pm report
Be a Man.-that's all I got.
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous Feb 24th, 2012 2:45pm report
it's about wanking off instead of fucking
anonymous 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
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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.'
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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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