Man in the Mirror

Posted on July 27th, 2009 by Clinically Clueless

Michael-Jackson-funeral3I know, it has been over a month since Michael Jackson passed away.  I don’t know how it is in other countries or different parts of the US, but in Southern California, it still is one of the most talked about news stories and fans from all over the world are still visiting Neverland Ranch.  I wanted to share Man in the Mirror because it is one of my favorites because it makes you think about what you can to to make the world a better place.  At the time, I was working at a teenage runaway shelter and it focused me on what the value was about my work.

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What is it that you can do to make the world a better place?

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 Man In The Mirror lyrics
Songwriters: Ballard, Glen; Garrett, Siedah;

Ooh ooh ooh aah
Gotta make a change
For once in my life
It’s gonna feel real good
Gonna make a difference
Gonna make it right

As I turned up the collar on
A favorite winter coat
This wind is blowin’ my mind
I see the kids in the street
With not enough to eat
Who am I to be blind
Pretending not to see their needs

A summer’s disregard
A broken bottle top
And a one man’s 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 wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make a change, yey
Na na na, na na na, na na na na oh ho

I’ve been a victim of
A selfish kinda love
It’s time that I realize
There are some with no home
Not a nickel to loan
Could it be really 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

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 wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make a change

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 wanna make the world a better place
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, yeah
(Change)
No message could have been any clearer
If you wanna 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, that man, that man)
(With the man in the mirror, oh yeah)
(That man you know, that man you know)
(That man you know, that man you know)
I’m asking him to change his ways
(Change)
No message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself then make that change

(Na na na, na na na, na na na na)
Ooh
Oh yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
(Na na na, na na na, na na na na)

Oh no
Oh no, I’m gonna make a change
It’s gonna feel real good
Sure mon
(Change)
Just lift yourself
You know, you got to stop it yourself
(Yeah)
Oh
Make that change
(I gotta make that change today, oh)
(Man in the mirror)
You got to, you got to not let yourself, brother oh
Yeah
You know that
(Make that change)
(I gotta make that make me then make)
You got, you got to move
Sure mon, sure mon
You got to
(Stand up, stand up, stand up)
Make that change
Stand up and lift yourself, now
(Man in the mirror)
Make that change
(Gonna make that change, sure mon)
(Man in the mirror)
You know it, you know it, you know it, you know
(Change)
Make that change

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11 Responses to “Man in the Mirror”

  1. Jim says:

    Hi CC,

    1 month already?

    I shouldn’t but I had to chuckle at the first line of the lyrics you posted – ooohh ooohhh ohh aaah aaaha aaah – I assume this was led by bubbles the chimp? :0)

    Onto the question at hand – to makle the world a better place – less CNN and more stepping out and influencing the community around us, being true to ourselves and despite lifes setbacks continuing to wear our hearts on our sleeves*

    *Even when feeling vulnerable

  2. Lib says:

    Did MJ not write Man in the Mirror then?

    And it took 4 other people to come up with those lyrics?

    No wonder he died skint.

  3. Gareth in Thailand says:

    Highly amusing that there’s still the ot pouring of sickening platitudes for a man who was seen as a pariah up until he died.

    To make the world a better place? Quite a grand ambition but I guess today I’ll improve a small section of it by buying my wife a digital camera she’s had her heart set on & book a nice restaurant for her birthday tomorrow.

  4. Red Dog says:

    I have to agree with GIT’s POV, this was a disfunctional man. For those people who are parents, would you have been happy to leave your children at the Neverland creche?

    He may have written and performed (or just performed) some of the iconic tunes of the 20th century but it doesn’t make his inconsistent behaviour acceptable.

    Jerry Lee Lewis wasn’t exactly lauded later in life was he and he had some ground breaking little numbers……

    • Gareth in Thailand says:

      Hi RD,
      I was more expressing an opinion on the media and those who are commenting in it. I don’t really have an opinion on MJ as I wasn’t there & being honest have suspicions regarding those who after the first case, left their kids in the sole care of a man who had a reputation for junior bed time hopscotch. Were they really not in it for the money?

      • I agree with GIT, RD. I myself would not leave my child there; however, Michael’s emotional growth was stalled at age six. So to a six year old, “spending the night” was normal for a six year old. I don’t believe that he molested the children. Rather was inappropriate and had the emotional judgement as a child. Many of those in the legal arena believe this as well.
        http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/mining-the-headlines/200906/michael-jacksons-broken-heart

        However, I believe that he was extremely psychologically sick and depressed. I also think that he did not have the emotional resources for it.

        I do also believe that he was a great entertainer in the prime of his life. Unfortunately, that was the only thing he knew how to do is play the role of performer. I hope that his life is happy now and that he gets to be a child.
        .-= Clinically Clueless´s last blog ..Jewelry Contest~Just a Little Light-Heartedness!!! =-.

  5. Lib says:

    Erm, not sure of most of what you’ve said CC but definitely not about the in the prime of his life, he was evidently killing himself.

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