Michael Jackson: Human Nature Meaning
Song Released: 1983
Covered By: Glee Cast
Human Nature Lyrics
Across the night time
The city winks a sleepless eye
Hear her voice
Shake my window
Sweet seducing sighs
Get me out
Into the night time
Four walls won’t hold me tonight
If this town
Is just an...
Yes, this song really isn't about sex; it's about wanderlust and being in love with the City, especially when it takes on a life of its own at night. It's the CITY that calls to him after dark with "sweet seducing sighs," beckoning him out to the streets; away, perhaps, even from someone waiting for him at home. ("'Why, why does he do me that way?'") The sights, the smells, the sounds: he bathes his senses in the City. "That girl" he sees is just a small part of the night experience, not the point of it. It's The Street that he dreams of; not The Girl, or A Girl, or even The Game.
Enough "love" songs/anthems have been written about the Big Apple--and plenty of other cities that have taken on a mystical quality for some of us (I'd probably write one about London)--showcasing similar feelings... but some people just wouldn't understand ("If THEY say 'Why? Why?' Tell 'em [THEM, plural] that is human nature...").
anonymous Aug 16th, 2009 8:37pm report
"Human Nature" was written by Steve Porcaro of Toto and John Bettis for Michael Jackson's Thriller album. Initially, Porcaro recorded a rough demo of the song on a cassette. Fellow Toto band member David Paich then gave the demo, along with two songs written by Paich, to producer Quincy Jones, hoping they would be included on Thriller. Jones didn't like Paich's songs, but enjoyed the rough demo of "Human Nature" at the end of the cassette. Jones explained, "All of a sudden, at the end, there was all this silence, there was: 'why, why, dah dah da-dum dah dah, why, why'. Just a dummy lyric and a very skeletal thing—I get goosebumps talking about it. I said, 'This is where we wanna go, because it's got such a wonderful flavour'". The producer asked if the song could be included on Jackson's album, to which Porcaro and Bettis agreed. "Human Nature" was the last song selected for Thriller, ousting "Carousel" from the final track listing.
I think he's talking about different things. Maybe love, God, or the city.
Obviously they all point to love=)
"Hear her voice, shake my window, sweet seducing sighs"
And the best part(in my opinion):
"If they say Why, Why, tell 'em that its human nature, why ,why, does he do it(&me) that way?"
Ok, so love is part of human nature...Why does God make it that way, why does God make him love like that?
"See that girl,She knows I'm watching, She likes the way I stare" Speaks for itself.
"I like livin' this way,I like lovin' this way" Also speaks for itself.
And all the things he says about the city, town, walls, streets, also points to where maybe he wants to be free and experience the town/life.
When it talks about strangers, maybe it means- meeting new people.
anonymous Mar 11th, 2018 3:45am report
Coming out of the closet.
anonymous Jun 22nd, 2011 6:17pm report
I guess he is talking about new york city. It's beauty, lights and all that and also bout the people over there.
anonymous Apr 22nd, 2011 4:07pm report
I think this song is about an unwillingness or inability to give up the night life. They are hooked to it's energy, people, sounds and experiences. I This song is unbelievable because you feel Micheal's emotion and electricity from a mellow, soothing grove. One of the best songs ever!
anonymous Apr 15th, 2010 4:29am report
uhhhmmm, i'm not sure if this is correct, but this is my opinion so....
MJ here is talking about God on why he made things this way...
Hence to why he kept telling its only human nature
I know many of you might disagree but i think in my side this is the true meaning....
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