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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. anonymous
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    Sep 20th 2012 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:)

  4. anonymous
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    Sep 20th 2012 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:)

  5. anonymous
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    Jan 17th 2012 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

  6. anonymous
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    Jan 15th 2012 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

  7. anonymous
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    Dec 11th 2011 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.

  8. anonymous
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    Jul 30th 2011 report

    Michael just wanted to make a change in the way people who didn't have to much were treated. And he thought that if he started to do what he could to change things, then people that had the power to change things would follow him.

  9. anonymous
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    Jul 8th 2011 report

    i thought he was saying
    a SILENT disregard. what does "a summers disregard" mean?

  10. anonymous
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    Apr 19th 2011 report

    I'm SORRY!!! If I remember correctly, most of the kids that accused Michael of this crime confessed that he never touched them and felt ashamed for the lies. thank you

  11. anonymous
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    Apr 14th 2011 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!

  12. anonymous
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    Mar 21st 2011 report

    The song is about: "if you wanna make the world a better place then take a look at yourself and make a change". But mj was speaking in a much deeper sense than most may think. Mj was literally referring to himself actually changing himself to try to change the world. Mj realized he could not change the world without first changing himself. Mj realized that how could he change the world without getting everyone's attention,and if you were black you most certainly weren't going to get everyone's attention let alone the whole world so mj had to change himself into something that everyone would listen to or at least listen more to than a black person which was a white man. Mj wanted to change the world and make it a better place and in order to do that he had to change himself.

  13. anonymous
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    Apr 16th 2010 report

    Big g for one is rude. I feel as if the songs meaning is the Micheal went through a lot as a child and he struggled. He, his siblings and parents and not many people wanted to reach out and help. I know that he his has well had all the flashy cars and the clothes and stuff he understands how it is. He wants to reach out and help others so they can to be successful.

  14. anonymous
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    Apr 15th 2010 report

    this song is about how the world is getting worse and worse...and of course people want to change the world for the better and he advises that if you want to make the change, start with yourself and the surroundings around you, change habits that can cause destruction to mother earth and he adds that this message can't be anymore clearer cause this is very much a fact that people can't do

  15. anonymous
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    Apr 8th 2010 report

    Michael Jackson was sexually abused as a minor. His dad would take him to meetings in hotels with important "businessmen". The trauma was noticeable and it was said that the dad beat him to cover it up. When someone is sexually abused you dissociated thinking to yourself this isn't happening to me. It probably got to the point where he totally dissociated and doesn't know who the man in the mirror is and wants to change and become normal. This fact is further reaffirmed by the fact that he thought it was okay for men to sleep with boys. Why? Because that's what happened when he was a boy and it caused him to think it was okay.

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