Michael Jackson: Liberian Girl Meaning
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Song Released: 1989
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Liberian Girl Lyrics
(I Love You Too-I Want You
Liberian Girl . . .
You Came And You Changed
A Love So Brand New
Liberian Girl . . .
You Came And You Changed
A Feeling So...
anonymous Apr 3rd, 4:10pm 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.
anonymous Oct 10th, 2018 10:38am report
Naku Penda Piya-Naku Taka
That is swahili and is not liberian, but hey who cares. Good song anyway
anonymous Jul 24th, 2016 7:21am report
He actually met a Liberian girl who changed his life.
anonymous Jun 13th, 2014 6:09pm 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.
anonymous Aug 16th, 2012 8:34pm 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.
anonymous Sep 18th, 2011 9:28am 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.
anonymous Jun 19th, 2011 6:21am report
He met a liberian girl that changed his life.
anonymous Jan 28th, 2011 1:50pm report
He picks a Liberian girl with a motive in mind....proving he still and was always black.
anonymous Nov 24th, 2010 11:08am 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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