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When asked to reveal parts of their personalities, musicians and song writers often complain fans and the media do not pay close enough attention to the art that they create. “Let the music stand for itself” or “Listen to the lyrics and you will understand,” is a familar battle cry for a pop star unwilling to open up about their life in an interview.

Ten years ago, Michael Jackson released an album called Blood On The Dance Floor.  A commercial failure, the set included a song since buried called “Morphine.” This was the chorus:

Demerol
Demerol
Oh God he’s taking demerol
Demerol
Demerol
Oh God he’s taking demerol

In light of the allegations surrounding Michael’s death, the second verse is even scarier:

He’s tried
Hard to convince her
To be over what he had
Today he wants it twice as bad
Don’t cry
I won’t resent you
Yesterday you had his trust
Today he’s taking twice as much

Written and composed by Michael himself, “Morphine” could just be a metaphorical tale about love as strong as a narcotic, OR it could be a prophetic cry for help from The King Of Pop struggling with growing addictions to painkillers.

In fact, many of the songs that Michael wrote himself, could be read as autobiographical.  Bad‘s “Leave Me Alone” is probably the most famous, but it’s the lesser-played tracks that may tell the truest tale.  One read of the words to “Childhood” from the HIStory album, will bring you to tears.

Have you seen my Childhood?
I’m searching for the world that I come from
‘Cause I’ve been looking around
In the lost and found of my heart…
No one understands me
They view it as such strange eccentricities…
‘Cause I keep kidding around
Like a child, but pardon me…

People say I’m not okay
‘Cause I love such elementary things…
It’s been my fate to compensate,
for the Childhood
I’ve never known…

Have you seen my Childhood?
I’m searching for that wonder in my youth
Like pirates in adventurous dreams,
Of conquest and kings on the throne…

Before you judge me, try hard to love me,
Look within your heart then ask,
Have you seen my Childhood?

People say I’m strange that way
‘Cause I love such elementary things,
It’s been my fate to compensate,
for the Childhood (Childhood) I’ve never known…

Have you seen my Childhood?
I’m searching for that wonder in my youth
Like fantastical stories to share
But the dreams I would dare, watch me fly…

Before you judge me, try hard to love me.
The painful youth I’ve had

Have you seen my Childhood….

What do you think?  Are there other Michael songs that feel or sound like he could be talking about his real life?  Sound off and print the lyrics in the comments…

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