Michael Jackson – “Thriller”

In our recent poll, you selected The Beatles as your favorite group, but coming in a close second place (position) is Michael Jackson.  As you probably know, Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop (popular music),” died last year at the age of 50.

Michael Jackson started early as a performer.  He was only six years old when he began performing with his brothers in the group Jackson 5.  He went solo (became an individual performer) when he was 13 years old, and released (made available to the public) 10 albums. His most successful album was Thriller, released in 1982.  Thriller broke records (become the first or best) by selling 110 million copies, and it remains today the best-selling album in history.

That is why I chose the single (individual song) “Thriller” from that album.  A thriller is a type of novel, play, or movie that has a very exciting plot (story; storyline).  That is certainly true of this scary (frightening) and loooong song!

~ Lucy

by Michael Jackson

It’s close to midnight and something evil‘s (very bad) lurking (hidden, waiting to attack) in the dark
Under the moonlight, you see a sight (something you see or can see) that almost stops your heart
You try to scream but terror (extreme fear) takes the sound before you make it
You start to freeze (become so cold or afraid that you can’t move) as horror looks you right between the eyes
You’re paralyzed (unable to move)

You hear the door slam (close loudly with force) and realize there’s nowhere left to run
You feel the cold hand and wonder if you’ll ever see the sun
You close your eyes and hope that this is just imagination (product of your mind; not real), girl!
But all the while (during this time) you hear the creature (animal or monster) creeping up (moving close while trying not to make noise) behind, you’re out of time

They’re out to (with the intention to) get you, there’s demons (bad, evil force or creature) closing in (getting closer and closer) on every side
They will possess you (have complete power over you) unless you change that number on your dial
Now is the time for you and I to cuddle (for two people to hold each other to show love or affection) close together, yeah
All through the night, I’ll save you from the terror on the screen, I’ll make you see

Darkness falls across the land
The midnight hour is close at hand (nearly here)
Creatures crawl (move forward on one’s hands and knees) in search of blood
To terrorize y’alls (you all’s; informal version of “all of yours”) neighborhood

And whosoever shall be found
Without the soul (spirit) for getting down (enjoying oneself completely)
Must stand and face the hounds (dogs) of hell
And rot (decompose; decay) inside a corpse‘s (dead body’s) shell (hard outer covering)

The foulest (most terrible) stench (bad smell) is in the air
The funk (bad smell and atmosphere) of forty thousand years
And grizzly (with a lot of hair) ghouls (ghosts; appearance of dead people) from every tomb (place in the ground where people are buried after they die)
Are closing in (coming closer; nearly arrived) to seal your doom (to make sure you die)

And though you fight to stay alive
Your body starts to shiver (shake because of cold or fear)
For no mere mortal (average person) can resist (prevent)
The evil of the thriller

‘Cause this is thriller, thriller night
And no one’s gonna save you from the beast (dangerous animal) about to strike (attack)
You know it’s thriller, thriller night
You’re fighting for your life inside a killer, thriller…

Thriller, thriller night
‘Cause I can thrill you more than any ghost (appearance of a dead person) would ever dare try
Thriller, thriller night
So let me hold you tight and share a
Killer, diller (not a real word), chiller, thriller here tonight

‘Cause this is thriller, thriller night
Girl, I can thrill you more than any ghost would ever dare try
Thriller, thriller night
So let me hold you tight and share a
Killer, diller, chiller, thriller…

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9 Responses to Michael Jackson – “Thriller”

  1. Bahador says:

    The lyrics are really pretty. It would be very nice if you put this song on the blog.
    I’d like to hear it. Because I love horror movies and musics and maybe someday I’ll make one, too.

    By the way Michael Jackson, in my openion, was an ingeneous singer and dancer who revolutionized the music industry.
    I’m very sorry that we lost him last year.


  2. emiliano says:

    Yes, one of the greatest artist of the century with a marvellous voice and a big heart, that´s what I think.
    It has been such a lost for so many people in the world that I feel sorry when I think about him and his dead, more even that I like his music very much.
    All his work was new and perfect, M.J. made a big innovation about Pop Music, Choreagraphy and Dance.
    Of course I was one of those 110 millions of persons that bought this album the first time it was sold here in Madrid.

    Thank you Lucy, it´s a good homage to his memory also a quite interesting and difficult lyric and it´s sure we all are going to
    enjoy it.

    All my respect to the memory of Michael Jackson.

  3. Alvaro Barbosa da Silva says:

    I totally agree. This guy was amazing! Yeah, he was also so bizarre as genius! I really enjoyed and keep enjoying songs like beat it and the one we have above.
    Thanks lucy for all the explanation!

  4. magda says:

    Michael, is forever the KING!

  5. Tania says:

    Hi ! Intersting lyrics by M. Jackson. It is a real poem of the fight . I could not understand it if you did not write us the lyrics.

  6. Tania says:

    A real poem of the fright not fight.

  7. Tania says:

    Hi ! Many thanks because you remind us of the grammar rules to improve our English. The plural of the nouns is a good lesson.
    We are waiting for new lessons of grammar.

    All the best for you all ,


  8. Farahnaz says:

    Hi, Lucy
    Thank you Lucy. I enjoyed it. He was one of my favorite foreign singers. I believe in his songs because he sung with all his heart, so his songs could hold people spellbound (= could attract people). It was a shock to hear that his was dead, especially for me. Anyway, I now know some words in his song that before I didn’t understand them.
    I’m looking forward to listening his other songs.
    Best regards

  9. leelee25 says:

    Hi Lucy,
    I have to say that Thriller is one of my favorite songs of Michael’s. I think that there are so many people who not only know every word to the song, but they know the dance routine. I can never get tired of hearing this song. I really want to hear to new songs too. I know Michael would have wanted his fans to hear his unreleased music.

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