Michael Jackson: Man in the Mirror Meaning
Song Released: 1988
Covered By: Adam Levine (2011)
Man in the Mirror Lyrics
For Once In My Life
It's Gonna Feel Real Good,
Gonna Make A Difference
Gonna Make It Right . . .
As I, Turn Up The Collar On My
Favorite Winter Coat
This Wind Is Blowin' My Mind
I See The Kids In The...
anonymous Apr 14th, 2011 4:19am report
Unbelievablily easy meaning... "and no message could have been any clearer, if you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change"
That simple! Michael Told us!
anonymous Apr 14th, 2011 4:43pm report
This song is about the purest and simplest fact, stated right in the lyric; If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make that change. This was my cousins favorite sing before she ended her life due to bullying. All she wanted was for the world to be a better place. She used to ask us all the time "Why are people so mean?" We could never give her an answer because we didn't know. Michael knew how to get his messages across through his music and to say he was nothing but a drug abuser and a child molester is a complete degradation of a great man who only wanted what was best for the world. He lived through all of the vile things people said about him in hopes that they would one day change. I'm sorry Michael, that people were and still are blinded by their own ignorance. Those of us who understand and get it, are still trying to make the world a better place.
anonymous Mar 13th, 2011 3:27pm report
In a nutshell:
The main idea of this song is before you
make a change in the world you have to change the way you act.
The first verse is about how he sees people suffering but he ignores it. The chorus talks about how in order to change the world it is important to change your actions, because if you don't act the way you think the world should be, how can you change the worlds? The next verse speaks about how he is selfish and pretends that these people "are not alone" phisiscaly and mentaly. The next verse is about their suffering.
anonymous Apr 30th, 4:08pm report
Siedah Garrett, the lady who wrote the song, said that she had written man in the mirror sometime before. One day while working on another song (and I'm paraphrasing) the co'writer of the song got called away from what they were doing. She happen to be going through her notebook and saw the phrase and came up with lyrics. (check out 25 anniversary of Bad for the actual commentary)
The song can mean anything you want it to. But at its core it is about change. Who, what, when, how is up to the individual. For me, its means before you expect others to change, I have to start with me. we are all here together, we need to make the most of it.
anonymous May 9th, 2017 5:36am report
He wants to make this world a better place and so people can see that we should come together as one and a big family even though we have are different in every way possible god makes us each unique in are own way.
anonymous Mar 10th, 2017 3:15pm report
A mirror reflects who you are. To change who you are you must change from the inside. All this time he has seen the same man in the mirror. But he looked around and saw others - and decided that the man in the mirror must change to change the world around him. He is alone and they are. He must change that. He is rich they are without. He must change that. If he doesn't he will continue to be alone. Into SELF. He needs to become selfless not selfish. Make that change and you can change the world.
anonymous Dec 19th, 2016 12:56am report
Just be the one to make that change in the world.
anonymous Oct 30th, 2014 10:50pm report
The lyrics are beautiful and meaningful, and self-explanatory. The part about a summer's disregard refers to how ppl, especially students, often just waste their summers relaxing when they could be studying, working, or volunteering.
anonymous Sep 9th, 2014 9:27am report
You gotta start with you, you are the man in the mirror, you gotta change the world, change it for Michael, but the only way we can is by looking at yourself and changing like he says. It starts with you, and to that comment about the cousin being bullied; I am truly honestly sorry, i may not know how it feels, but pleas understand this, I know how you feel, maybe not to that extream, but I know, I may not have the words to make you feel better, but I have the heart to help, pleas know I am always praying, you are not alone, if I could I would go to where you are and give you a hug if that would make you feel better, and again I am deeply very honestly sorry.
MJ lives in our hearts
anonymous Sep 2nd, 2014 9:48pm report
My guess on this song is he's looking in the mirror, asking God to change him. So he could go make a difference in the world. Jesus said for us to go out and make disciples, and Michael Jackson wants God to change Michael Jackson so he can do that. He wants the world to be better, and is asking God to help him do that. I mean, it's not like becoming a Christian means no one is going to harm you or pick on you. It just means that you have fully understood God's promises with you and that you want this world to be better, like Michael Jackson did.
This is why I love this song. Not just because of who sang it, but because of the message it sends.
anonymous May 25th, 2014 5:47pm report
We can guess just by its title. Man in the mirror. Just look at yourself and ask "what do I give to the world?" This is the person I am. If I want a better place, I can't wait for miracles to happen. I need to do something, I need to CHANGE. WE need to change. Mj just wanted us to realize how the world's problems aren't only others fault. It's society, everybody together created this world. Now, if we want change and find solutions, we need to change ourselves.
anonymous Jan 22nd, 2014 1:42am report
Micheal didnt write the song. He just sang it.
anonymous Jul 20th, 2013 7:31pm report
He is saying the world needs change and if you are going to change it first change yourself.
anonymous Nov 20th, 2012 11:19pm report
Michael is describing in this song that there's a person that if you change your old self, you can find that new person, and change the world for the better.
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