Michael Jackson: In the Closet Meaning
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Song Released: 1992
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In the Closet Lyrics
I Have To Say To You
If You Promise You'll
I Cannot Contain Myself
When In Your Presence
I'm So Humble
Don't Hide Our Love
Woman To Man
She's Just A Lover
Who's Doin' Me By
anonymous Aug 5th, 2009 8:23am report
"In the closet" does not mean homosexuality!! It actually means those aspects of life one wants to keep it to himself or herself. Here it refers to sexuality.
The woman here is desperately attracted to the man and she wants him. The man too is equally attracted- he can't avoid her as desire is burning in him. But he wants to keep whatever that happens between them to themselves. He doesn't want the world to know about it while the woman seems to be not so bothered about the world.
If this is to relate to Michael Jackson's personal life, all we can conclude is that he wanted his privacy. He preferred not to talk in public about his relationship to the world- fair enough. Very much fair enough.
anonymous Jun 21st, 2012 6:57am report
Ha ha.... seems like we have lust on our hands. Well. Can I just put this out here? He looked SEXY in the video. ;)
Anyways... this song is obviously about desires. Lust. Attraction and wanting each other. Every time I listen to this it sends shivers down my spine. 'Cause can't you imagine it? "Give it to you" "Touch me" "Something about you" "Makes me want" Listen to it carefully. (Around 4:11 in the video on youtube... listen to the bed springs goin' up and down.) All the moaning... it sounds like *** in the closet. Also listen to 2000 watts. Then yo'll understand from both songs.
anonymous Dec 17th, 2009 12:48pm report
I like the video for this song. And Naomi Campbell did a fantastic job portraying Michael's love interest too. Michael was also a gentleman with her as well -- whenever Naomi used bad language, Michael would tell her, "Naomi, don't swear."
And in the video, Michael sure did know how to dance -- especially when it came to Naomi. After all, I believe that Michael was heterosexual, and he did like women. He wasn't homosexual, like a lot of people think.
Anyway, this song is an awesome one to listen to, and the video's fantastic too!
anonymous Aug 2nd, 8:37pm report
He was a public figure and the press were on his tail. I think its quite normal if he wants a life away from the prying eyes of the press.
Michael was not gay and I believe he never abused any kid cos no KID ever ran away or got scared of him or ever testified against him.
Life wasn't easy for the guy, I just hope he's enjoying himself over there...
DebAnnExjw Apr 30th, 4:57pm report
I don't know if any of you know that Michael Jackson's mom was a Jehovah's Witness and he was raised in the religion. He would even knock on doors. He was basically told to leave the religion after Thriller released. Naomi Campbell's mother is also a Jehovah's Witness so they were both exposed to the rules of the religion. Being a former witness myself to me this song is about being a Jehovah's Witness and having a passionate relationship and having to "keep it in the closet", a secret, so you don't get disfellowshiped (kicked out of the religion) and then your family or any member can no longer talk to you.
anonymous Mar 12th, 2014 3:56pm report
Duh. This song is saying that a woman wants to fuck with him and he's saying "Fine. But 'Keep it in the closet!'" He's so sexy
anonymous Sep 18th, 2012 9:50am report
I believe Michael is telling us that is a normal man with desires and needs, but he is also an icon, known around the world. He can't make a move without the media knowing about it. He is a gentleman and he doesn't kiss and tell. There had to be someplace in his life that he could control and have his privacy. Intimacy is a very personal thing and I appreciate his desire to keep that between him and his lady. It isn't anyone else's business.
anonymous Jun 4th, 2012 6:52pm report
If you ever heard the expression "skeletons in the closet" you would know this song is about him hiding his sexual relationships with women. He said so himself.
anonymous Sep 18th, 2011 9:23am report
Relationship between a boy and a girl kept secret.
anonymous Jul 30th, 2011 7:40am report
When I first seen the title of the song " In The Closet", I though that Michael was going to tell people he was gay in a song. But then after listening to the song I felt like he was in a relation with a woman he cared about very much, and he had to keep it a secret, but he didn't want to keep it guiet, because he wanted everybody to know he wasn't gay.
anonymous Mar 8th, 2011 3:37pm report
Anyone who says this song is homosexual had OBVIOUSLY NOT seen the music video. That is some strong stuff <3
Anyway, moving on...
I think it's about a man and a woman who want to have a relationship but don't want the world knowing about it. (Makes a lot of sense coming from Michael.) P.S. This is like the sexiest song in the world. ;)
anonymous Jan 23rd, 2010 1:25am report
Really risky move, Michael, I love it! Michael was smart..using a title "in the closet" that refers to homosexuality, but the song itself is entirely the opposite.. This song is definitely about a relatinship between a woman and man but they must hide it. Michael was a private man.
anonymous Jul 21st, 2009 7:47pm report
It is about great sexual temptation, which young or old we all may face through our lives, but as with all of Michael Jackson's songs on the topic, in the end he calls for abstinence outside of marriage.
I think he decided to succumb to the advances of one very high profile star (among certainly hundreds who must have tried in vain),and his condition for that would be if she would "keep it in the closet" (a secret). It was probably someone he didn't want to be associated publicly maybe, for whichever reasons.
"Don't Hide Our Love
Woman To Man "
It's obvious that the term "in the closet" usually refers to homosexuality, but as quoted above, Jackson is singing about the sexual attraction between a MAN AND A WOMAN, which is heterosexual- so enough of that! :) On the other hand, one has to wonder why Jackson would say his feelings are in the closet, if he indeed was not gay.. could be for the controversy, causing people to talk. In my opinion the video fulfills its' purpose of betraying Jackson as desiring Naomi. :) Grrreat vibe between the two :)
anonymous Jun 27th, 2009 6:08pm report
Didn't his father lock him in the closet?
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