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Michael Jackson: Beat It Meaning

Song Released: 1983


Covered By: Fall Out Boy (2007)



Beat It Lyrics

[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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    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Jan 23rd 2010 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 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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    #3 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Mar 23rd 2011 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"

  4. anonymous
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    Nov 24th 2019 report

    I went to the room and I’m in the studio and I’m going to record this song from Michael Jackson. But it’s fun to record this song I want to be the best song and I have been dancing away with my heart, but when I got this song me and Ben wrote it together and then we can write it with Michael. He is such a rocker and talented but he reminds me of my dad, but he looks like a dad, but he passed away, but he always the king of pop.

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  5. anonymous
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    Oct 24th 2019 report

    True enough its about gangs but it played in the afternoon telling Marty mcfly its time to leave hance the tittle beat it meaning time to go just a 17 year old he dasnt leave time to stand up to Griff who has a gang showing he is being funky waving his banner for his son like some to with the future has something to with it it proves the gangs never win

  6. anonymous
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    Oct 24th 2019 report

    It's dafirnitly about gangs true enough this song also is played in the afternoon in back to the future 2 its telling Marty mcfly griffs gang are on the way to get he its telling him to get going so they presude Marty Juneau to something to join he doesn't leave at 17 he has no idea what he no to so as partents we have to say no at times of danger involved in gangs

  7. anonymous
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    Oct 11th 2019 report

    Its about him being cloned whn he gets in the bed then disapears.And in real life after he made this video is when he came back looking like a woman.Then of course after he supposibly died they find his corpse on Neverland.

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  8. anonymous
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    Jun 8th 2019 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."

  9. anonymous
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    Apr 28th 2019 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.

  10. anonymous
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    Apr 7th 2019 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.

  11. anonymous
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    Aug 28th 2018 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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  12. anonymous
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    Jul 27th 2018 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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  13. anonymous
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    Jul 27th 2018 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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  14. anonymous
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    Jul 27th 2018 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

  15. anonymous
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    Jun 19th 2018 report

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

  16. anonymous
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    Mar 11th 2018 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.

  17. anonymous
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    Dec 15th 2016 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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  18. anonymous
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    Nov 25th 2013 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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