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Michael Jackson: Man in the Mirror Meaning

Song Released: 1988

Covered By: Adam Levine (2011)

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...


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    Jan 19th, 2009 1:24pm 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?


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    Oct 7th, 2005 10:00pm report

    The message in this song is simply that, "If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change." Basically, if you want to change the world, change yourself first.


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    Jul 31st, 2009 7:52am report

    The song is all about poverty, correct. i live in Philippines. here, government officials, state that they will help poor people of the Philippines but still there is no changes happened. this song talks about more on unwell government. jackson might be talks that he is living in luxury while others suffers from hunger. and he wants to start to himself. "he wants to change." so he help others, right? Right. This dong must be heard by the government officials of the Philippines for them to awake in truth. not only them, but to all who have more to share.


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    May 9th, 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.


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    Mar 10th, 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.


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    Dec 19th, 2016 12:56am report

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


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    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.


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    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


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    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.


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    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.


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    Jan 22nd, 2014 1:42am report

    Micheal didnt write the song. He just sang it.


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    Jul 20th, 2013 7:31pm report

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


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    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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    Sep 20th, 2012 9:28am report

    When I look in the mirror and see who is looking back at me...that is where I need to begin. Change isn't easy. Today, I want to help someone who thinks they can't, that they can, and you may never know how your life will touch another life. Michael told us that wherever there is love, whenever we need him, to just call his name, and he will be there. He may be gone physically, but in our hearts he will remain forever.Can you hear him? Change the world...one heart at a time:)


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    Sep 20th, 2012 9:22am report

    Change isn't easy, so when I look in the mirror and see the image looking back at me, that is who I have to start with first. Everyday we can make a difference in someone's life. We can help them believe in who they are, and when they think they can't, we can stand by them and tell them...oh yes you can:)Michael said where ever there is love... whenever you need me... just call my name and I'll be there. I want to be that person as well...to someone who needs to know that we care about them today:) Change the World...one heart at a time:)


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    Jan 17th, 2012 1:49pm report

    I believe this song means If you wanna change the world,You have to start changing your self and what you can do to make the world a better place.You have to make yourself a better person and than change the world


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    Jan 15th, 2012 1:16pm report

    i think that this song means that Michael Jackson wants to change the world by looking at himself in the am i right? reply please


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    Dec 11th, 2011 12:31pm report

    At first I thought he was looking at the street kids outside his house and thinking about how unlucky they were, but I think this is kind of a protest song. He wants people to change and stop being blind to the world's problems.

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