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Michael Jackson: Man in the Mirror Meaning

Song Released: 1988

Covered By: Adam Levine (2011)

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Man in the Mirror Lyrics

I'm Gonna Make A Change,
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...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Apr 14th 2011 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.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Mar 13th 2011 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.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Jan 19th 2009 report

    Man In The Mirror is basically a song about if you want to change the world, start changing yourself first. Because if you can't change yourself, how can you change the world?

  4. anonymous
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    Apr 30th 2020 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.

  5. anonymous
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    Mar 8th 2019 report

    Was Michael feeling guilty about his OWN actions? Was this song him actually telling us (the rest of the world) that HE needs to change what he is and what he been doing? He knows the only person that can stop him from doing what he has been IS HIM?!?!

    Is this song an admission of guilt?

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  6. anonymous
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    Nov 1st 2018 report

    It's about a hairdresser.

  7. anonymous
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    Jul 14th 2018 report

    reflections/ its never to late to make a good impression.

  8. anonymous
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    Feb 6th 2018 report

    It's about a hairdresser.

  9. anonymous
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    May 9th 2017 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.

  10. anonymous
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    Mar 10th 2017 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.

  11. anonymous
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    Dec 19th 2016 report

    Just be the one to make that change in the world.

  12. anonymous
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    Oct 30th 2014 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.

  13. anonymous
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    Sep 9th 2014 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

  14. anonymous
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    Sep 2nd 2014 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.

  15. anonymous
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    May 25th 2014 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.

  16. anonymous
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    Jan 22nd 2014 report

    Micheal didnt write the song. He just sang it.

  17. anonymous
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    Jul 20th 2013 report

    He is saying the world needs change and if you are going to change it first change yourself.

  18. anonymous
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    Nov 20th 2012 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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