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Song Released: 1984

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It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the dark
Under the moonlight, you see a sight that almost stops your heart
You try to scream but terror takes the sound before you make it
You start to freeze as horror looks you right...


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    Sep 26th, 2009 9:05pm report

    This song is just about the genre of thriller, and things that happen in the supernatural world. However, before this song was released, a church of Jehovah's Witnesses contacted him and told him not to release it, because it reinforced beliefs that they did not dwell with, what was beyond their beliefs. Michael wasn't going to release it for this reason, but he had signed a contract and was obliged to. Lucky he did, because this is some of his best work to date, and not to mention the best selling album of all time! Love you Michael x.



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    Feb 26th, 2012 2:43am report

    This song is Michael's description of the 'thumb' that the music industry has on him....the evil being the Illuminati...close to midnight.. 12 am until 3 am are the witching hours....the darkest time of night said to be most evil....'they're out to get you - there's demons closing in from every side - they will posses you unless you change that number on your dial' refers to the demonic messages imbedded in the music we listen to including his. He's saying 'they will posses you' unless you turn the channel or station and don't listen. Think this is far fetched? Just look up John Todd and see how far fetched it is....


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    Jul 6th, 2011 7:20pm report

    He was exposing Jehovah's Witnesses. Ask a former Witness who was treated unjustly to read those words, watch the video and compare it to the elder witch hunt. Micheal turning on his girlfriend is like family & friends who say they would always be there for you then turn their back on you & side with the organization who are the zombies.


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    Aug 1st, 8:17pm report

    Within the lyrics it's not a stretch to go to the "predator" type behavior that he was later accused of...


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    Jul 14th, 2018 7:46pm report

    It's actually pretty simple. He's trying to get his lover scared enough to get her to hold himself closer to her and comfort her.

    Then he'll "Thrill Her."


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    Jun 24th, 2017 6:52pm report

    The song lyrics actually depict the book of revelations of the Bible, regarding the beast and end times of the world. Revelations chapter 8 and 9 talk about darkness falling on the land and the Beast marking people with his number 666. Also about the demonic creatures being released from the bottomless pit to seek out people who aren't Christians. The song is definitely about the end of the world and what will take place.


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    Apr 30th, 2017 4:38am report

    I think the song is about a guy trying to scare a girl into only trusting him and manipulating her so she will be more loyal to him.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    May 16th, 2011 5:46pm report

    If you watch the music video, (which, by the way, is on youtube.com,) MJ is walking down the street with and singing to his GF, leaving the movie theater. Basically, a bunch of zombies decide to come out of their graves and surround them. MJ looks like he is going to protect his GF, but then his eyes go weird, and becomes a zombie! So he dances with the zombies and then his GF wakes up to find that the whole incident was a dream. So it's a spooky, creepy experience with zombies. What a thriller!

    It's close to midnight and something's lurking in the dark...

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