Man in the Mirror

Michael Jackson

About Man in the Mirror

"Man in the Mirror" is a song recorded by Michael Jackson, with lyrics and music by Glen Ballard and Siedah Garrett, and produced by Jackson and Quincy Jones. It was released in February 1988 as the fourth single from his seventh solo album, Bad (1987). Arranged with a gospel choir, the song is played in the keys of G major and A♭ major at a tempo of 100 bpm. The vocal range is A♭3–C6."Man in the Mirror" topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks, becoming Jackson's tenth number-one single on the chart, and was certified 3x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It was nominated for Record of the Year at the 31st Grammy Awards. The song peaked at number 21 in the UK Singles Charts in 1988, but in 2009, following the news of Jackson's death, the song peaked at number 2. The song was remixed for the soundtrack of Jackson's tribute tour Immortal. The "Man in the Mirror" music video was directed, produced and edited by Don Wilson. Don and Michael Jackson developed the idea for the video. Larry Stessel who was Video Commissioner at Epic Records at the time was the Executive Producer. It features a montage of clips of children in Africa, Adolf Hitler, the Ku Klux Klan, Martin Luther King Jr., the Kent State shootings, Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Lech Wałęsa, kids in Graduation, and other historical figures. 


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I'm gonna make a change,
For once I'm 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 blowing my mind
I see the kids in the streets,
With not enough to eat
Who am I to be blind?
Pretending not to see their needs

A summer disregard,a broken bottle top
And a one man soul
They follow each other on the wind ya' know
'Cause they got nowhere to go
That's why I want you to know

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
(If you want to make the world a better place)
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change
(Take a look at yourself, and then make a change)
(Na na na, na na na, na na, na nah)

I've been a victim of a selfish kind of love
It's time that I realize
That there are some with no home, not a nickel to loan
Could it be really me, pretending that they're not alone?

A willow deeply scarred, somebody's broken heart
And a washed-out dream
(Washed-out dream)
They follow the pattern of the wind ya' see
'Cause they got no place to be
That's why I'm starting with me
(Starting with me!)

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
(Ooh!)
I'm asking him to change his ways
(Ooh!)
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
(If you want to make the world a better place)
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change
(Take a look at yourself, and then make a change)

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
(Ooh!)
I'm asking him to change his ways
(Change his ways, ooh!)
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make that
(Take a look at yourself and then make that)
Change!

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
(Man in the mirror, oh yeah!)
I'm asking him to change his ways
(Better change!)
No message could have been any clearer
(If you want to make the world a better place)

(Take a look at yourself and then make the change)
(You gotta get it right, while you got the time)
('Cause when you close your heart)
You can't close your, your mind!
(Then you close your, mind!)
That man, that man, that man, that man
With the man in the mirror
(Man in the mirror, oh yeah!)
That man, that man, that man,
I'm asking him to change his ways
(Better change!)
You know, that man
No message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
(If you want to make the world a better place)
Take a look at yourself and then make the change
(Take a look at yourself and then make the change)
Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!
Na na na, na na na, na na, na nah
(Ooh)
Oh no, no no

I'm gonna make a change
It's gonna feel real good!
Come on!
(Change)
Just lift yourself
You know
You've got to stop it,
Yourself!
(Yeah! Make that change!)
I've got to make that change, today!
Hoo!
(Man in the mirror)
You got to
You got to not let yourself
Brother
Hoo!
(Yeah! Make that change!)
You know I've got to get
That man, that man

(Man in the mirror)
You've got to
You've got to move! Come on!
Come on!
You got to

Stand up! Stand up! Stand up!
(Yeah! Make that change)
Stand up and lift yourself, now!
(Man in the mirror)
Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!
Aw!
(Yeah! Make that change!)
Gonna make that change

Come on!
You know it!
You know it!
You know it!
You know it
(Change)
Make that change.

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Michael Jackson

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American recording artist also he is the most famous recording artist worldwide, entertainer and businessman. Often referred to as the King of Pop, King of Pop, Rock and Soul, or by his initials MJ, Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. His contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with a much-publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. The eighth child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene along with his brothers as a member of The Jackson 5 in 1964, and began his solo career in 1971. He has donated a total of 500 Million dollars to charities and has sold… more »

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Written by: Glen Ballard, Siedah Garrett

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7 facts about this song

Song Creation and Production
1. "Man in the Mirror" was written by Siedah Garrett and Glen Ballard. It was one of the few songs on the "Bad" album that Michael Jackson didn't write himself. 2. Notably, the song was produced by Quincy Jones, who is considered one of the greatest composers in the pop music industry. 3. The original demo version was recorded in 1985, however, the final version of the song was recorded in 1987.
Performance and Chart Success
4. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on March 26, 1988, and remained on the chart for a total of 21 weeks. 5. "Man in the Mirror" is one of only four of Michael Jackson's solo hits that topped the Billboard Hot 100.
Song's Theme and Lyrics
6. The song's main theme is self-improvement and personal change, with an emphasis on making a difference in the world. 7. Garrett has explained that the song was inspired by a conversation she had with Quincy Jones, where he said he wanted a song that had a "great message". 8. The repetitive phrase "make that change" is used throughout the song to emphasize personal responsibility for societal issues.
Music Video and Live Performances
9. The official music video was directed by Don Wilson and it features a montage of footage from major news events and various social issues. 10. "Man in the Mirror" was performed by Michael Jackson during several of his tours, including the Bad World Tour, Dangerous World Tour and the HIStory World Tour. 11. Jackson's performance of "Man in the Mirror" at the 1988 Grammy Awards is considered one of his most memorable live performances.
Charitable Impact
12. The song was used to raise awareness on numerous social issues and was also used as a theme for numerous charitable campaigns. 13. After Jackson's death, in 2009, all profits from the song were donated to charity.
Critical Acclaim
14. "Man in the Mirror" is widely regarded as one of Michael Jackson's best songs. 15. It has been covered by various artists over the years, including James Morrison and Glee's Kevin McHale and Chris Colfer.
Legacy and Posthumous Recognition
16. In 2012, "Man in the Mirror" was ranked at number 21 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 greatest Michael Jackson songs. 17. After Jackson's death in June 2009, "Man in the Mirror" re-entered the UK Singles Chart at number 2.

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