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Michael Jackson: Liberian Girl Meaning


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Song Released: 1989

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Liberian Girl Lyrics

(Naku Penda Piya-Naku Taka
(I Love You Too-I Want You
Too-My Love)

Liberian Girl . . .
You Came And You Changed
My World
A Love So Brand New
Liberian Girl . . .
You Came And You Changed
Me Girl
A Feeling So...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jan 28th 2011 report

    He picks a Liberian girl with a motive in mind....proving he still and was always black.


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    Jun 13th 2014 report

    I agree with the person who said it was actually about Diana Ross even though he dedicated it to Liz Taylor.

    Michael said in a 1983 interview that he was currently writing a song called Liberian Girl.

    According to an MJ bodyguard, he was assigned to guard Michael and Diana when they went on an intimate vacation together to... LIBERIA, Costa Rica, in 1983.

    Think about it -- Michael was with Diana (who is african american) in Liberia, and then he subsequently writes a song about loving a ‘Liberian‘ girl right after the vacation? Sounds suspicious to me.

    I assume Michael combined both Africa Liberia and Costa Rica Liberia in the song to throw people off-track, because now it makes perfect sense why the beginning of the song had a girl speaking in an African-language but then the rest of the song had a south american/latin, tropical flavour to it.

    Tl;dr -- Liberian Girl is about Diana Ross, like many, many other songs written by MJ. I believe she was his muse.

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    Nov 25th report

    The idiot on this site who wrote about MJ and Diana Ross vacationing in Liberia, Costa Rica was called out for being a liar on Lipstick Alley where they pushed the same narrative. He/she pretended to be a bodyguard named “Theo” who apparently was guarding both stars for 5 days in 1983. Only for someone on the said site to investigate and find that that bodyguard was using this liar computer under another login name. He/she proceeded to confess but insists that the story was true and that Theo was real and his/her uncle, who relayed that story to him/her. People need to be careful of spreading false rumors. These people may be stars but they’re people and these lies are uncalled for.

    Yup, apparently people just like making up stories for likes on the internet…. I definitely believe those two were more than friendly during the early 80s but to lie and invent a fanfic to pass off as truth is just psychotic…. Smh

  4. anonymous
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    Jun 4th 2022 report

    Song is to show appreciation and beauty of beautiful black women. Michael has done this several times especially by casting mostly black women in his videos.

  5. anonymous
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    Jan 16th 2020 report

    For me as the Liberian girls ,I really mean the women from this country ,who were the first amazon... for me means that he’s fascinated by women cause Liberian girls are the first matriarch society that ever existed
    A feeling so true he’s after the truth all the time
    He’s more than awaken

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    Apr 3rd 2019 report

    See I truly believed the song was about Diana Ross the reason being is Michael has always loved her and always thought of her in a way that you know like this song. The reason I believe he never came out and said it was for Diana Ross was because, well he was hurt when she got married and he had wished he could have married her. Even though she was like 15 years older than him he didn't care about age and look at it this way he has been working with Diana Ross since he was a kid. The fact that he got hurt was one of the main reasons why he didn't dedicate the song to her. Also If you look at Michael he is really shy so he could of just dedicated it to Liz Taylor 'cause he would of gotten embarrassed and found it kinda weird since Diana was married at the time.

  7. anonymous
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    Oct 10th 2018 report

    Naku Penda Piya-Naku Taka

    That is swahili and is not liberian, but hey who cares. Good song anyway

  8. anonymous
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    Jul 24th 2016 report

    He actually met a Liberian girl who changed his life.

  9. anonymous
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    Aug 16th 2012 report

    Two words: Diana Ross. "just like in the movies" where there are "two lovers in a scene", The (Wiz movie). In fact this song was talked about by MJ in a 1983 private home video, so this song was not about Liz Taylor even though it was dedicated to her, the song was about Diana Ross. Besides Liz is not African decent, Diana Ross is. MJ was hurt, so he just dedicated the song to Liz Taylor who took Diana's place sense Diana betrayed MJ and went off and got married. MJ His concert on the 26th of September at Yokohama Stadium was filmed by Nippon Television and later televised in Asia. While in Japan, a young boy called Yoshiaki was kidnapped and murdered. Michael was so moved by the story that he donated $20,000 to the family of the boy and also dedicated his entire Japanese tour to the child’s memory. He also donated millions of dollars to schools, hospitals and charities in Japan. So dedicating a song to Liz Tylar means nothing, when you write a song about someone is what means something. Liberian girl was written about Diana Ross. I mean Diana is the only women who changed his world.

  10. anonymous
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    Sep 18th 2011 report

    About a girl who he obviously loves. Interessting fact: It was originally intented to be called "Pyramid Girl" before it was changed to Liberian Girl.

  11. anonymous
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    Jun 19th 2011 report

    He met a liberian girl that changed his life.

  12. anonymous
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    Nov 24th 2010 report

    I've listened to this song, and I think it's a great one. Plus, I've read somewhere that Michael had dedicated this song to his friend actress Elizabeth Taylor. They had stayed friends until his death.

    Anyway, it is unknown as to why Michael wrote the song or what inspired him to write it in the first place. But the song speaks in a man's point of view about a woman he believes he loves with all his heart. According to the song, the woman "came and changed" the man's "world", allegedly in a positive way -- "just like in the movies" where there are "two lovers in a scene", and the woman asks the man if he loves her, and he says he does.

    Of course, this is a great song to listen to, and it's really inspiring as well.

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