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Michael Jackson: Billie Jean Meaning

Song Released: 1983


Covered By: Weezer (2019)


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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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    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Aug 17th 2012 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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    #2 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Jun 5th 2009 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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    #3 top rated interpretation:
    wildone
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    Jul 17th 2009 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.

  4. anonymous
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    May 24th 2021 report

    Billie jean is about being so obssed about something that you act or talk without thinking,only to regret it too late.

  5. anonymous
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    May 16th 2020 report

    Billie Jean is about MJs illegitimate son named :

    BRANDON HOWARD....

    look him up y’all

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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  6. anonymous
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    May 15th 2020 report

    This is the true story of micheal having a child by a woman who no one was to know about .... To this day we do not know who the real “billy jean” was, but I tell you this, all you conspirators out there in the world, the real child who micheal saw and denied cause his eye were like his ( and his whole freakin face) was the real life child of micheal jackson that no one talks about is :

    brandon howard

    google him folks, this is some for realz shit people .... Hmu if you know facts also ...

    Seansalinas69@icloud.com

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  7. anonymous
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    Feb 14th 2020 report

    Typical Jerry Springer stuff. guess what you are the father

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  8. anonymous
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    Jan 4th 2018 report

    Billie Jean is a multi layered song in meaning. However at its deepest part....Billie Jean is a metaphor for the Billionaire Legion that run the world.

  9. anonymous
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    Dec 4th 2016 report

    Billie Jean was a slut. She had sex with Michael and got pregnant. She's saying it's his, but Michael is saying no, even though he knows it's his.

  10. anonymous
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    Jun 21st 2016 report

    Maybe one night Michael was out walking around a city, and he hooked up with a prostitute in a hotel room. The prostitutes name was Billie Jean. She got pregnant by Michael and kept harassing him. Eventually, Billie got an abortion and kept bugging Michael the rest of his life.

  11. anonymous
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    Jun 5th 2016 report

    Maybe this song is about a teenage girl who wanted to get famous, so she got pregnant and said that Michael Jackson raped her. So then they got into this whole court thing until the baby was born and they did a DNA test to prove the baby wasn't his. Or, the girl was smart and got an abortion to destroy the facts and throw Michael in jail, then get a huge amount of money.

  12. anonymous
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    Jun 5th 2016 report

    I think this is a modified story. Billie Jean was real in the way she was mentaly ill and says that the baby was Mike's, but I think he took it to a new level. I think Billie Jean was this girl who was desperate for money, so she got pregnant by some other guy and said that the baby was Michael's so she could get a chunk of his money.

  13. anonymous
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    Oct 17th 2015 report

    He is basically addressing the fact that Billie jean isn't his lover and basically the sanario of what happened to make people think that she was

  14. anonymous
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    Jun 27th 2014 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

  15. anonymous
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    Nov 6th 2013 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.

  16. anonymous
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    Nov 6th 2013 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.

  17. anonymous
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    Nov 4th 2013 report

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

  18. anonymous
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    Jun 9th 2012 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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