Essay on Song Analysis Micheal Jackson- Beat It

1237 Words Apr 29th, 2012 5 Pages
Selina Pearl
Professor Finch
English 109
03 August 2010
Michael Jackson – “Beat It”

In 2009, we lost one of the greatest entertainers in music history, however his music still lives on, inspiring and touching people’s heart. I have always been a fan of Michael Jackson, and the reason why I picked this song is because it presents a strong message. Not only did
Jackson make a powerful statement with his lyrics, he also made one with his choice of rhythm and beats. The guitars and drums that were used, give the song a dramatic rock vibe. According to music critics Jackson’s album Thriller seemed to be inspired by “a mixture of several genres which previously were never combined” ( thrilleralbum). It is pretty obvious
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The second verse talks about making the right choice to just go away instead of shedding blood, and trying to be a tough guy. The third verse simply describes that even if one chooses to walk away, it is better to be alive than to risk it. The fourth verse in my opinion talks about the consequences of fighting and that if one chooses to be violent, chances are that they will get hurt.
As mentioned earlier the chorus defines to just walk away although “No One wants To Be
Defeated.” It is better to go because in the end “It Doesn’t Matter Who is Wrong Or Right.”
Jackson uses very powerful words and explains that it is always best to look out for yourself instead of proving yourself to others. It is not worth the struggle (songfacts).
As I was analyzing the song, I was listening for specific sounds and noises that would symbolize the meaning of the song. I heard a police siren which could symbolize that if you get involved with gangs and violence, you will end up in jail. I also heard a snapping sound and deep breathing sounds. The breathing sounds could represent the sound of someone running away and catching a breath. I could detect sounds as if someone was getting punched and sounds of blades which could represent a fight. While searching for different meanings of the song I came across an interesting

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