What About Us? MJ’s Earth Song Review

What About Us? 

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American recording artist, entertainer, and businessman. Often referred to as the King of Pop, or by his initials MJ, Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. His contribution 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 seventh 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.

“Earth Song” is the third single from Michael Jackson’s album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I.It is the fifth song on the second disc of the album. It is a ballad that incorporates elements of blues, gospel and opera. Jackson had a long-standing history of releasing socially conscious material such as “We Are the World”, “Man in the Mirror” and “Heal the World”. However, “Earth Song” was the first that overtly dealt with the environment and animal welfare. The song was written and composed by Jackson; the task of production was split between Jackson, David Foster and Bill Bottrell. “Earth Song” was accompanied by a lavish music video shot on four geographical regions. It centered on the destruction and rebirth of Earth and went on to receive a Grammy nomination in 1997. The song was a top five hit in most European countries. In the United Kingdom, it remains Jackson’s best-selling single and was the country’s 1995 Christmas number-one single. “Earth Song” was not released as a single in the United States. Jackson went on to receive recognition from various animal and environmental organizations.

Video

Lyrics

What about sunrise

What about rain

What about all the things

That you said we were to gain…

What about killing fields

Is there a time

What about all the things

That you said was yours and mine…

Did you ever stop to notice?

All the blood we’ve shed before

Did you ever stop to notice?

This crying Earth these weeping shores?

Aaaaaaaaah oooooooooo

Aaaaaaaaah oooooooooo

What have we done to the world?

Look what we’ve done

What about all the peace

That you pledge your only son…

What about flowering fields

Is there a time

What about all the dreams

That you said was yours and mine…

Did you ever stop to notice?

All the children dead from war

Did you ever stop to notice?

This crying Earth these weeping shores

Aaaaaaaaah oooooooooo

Aaaaaaaaah oooooooooo

I used to dream

I used to glance beyond the stars

Now I don’t know where we are

Although I know we’ve drifted far

Aaaaaaaaah oooooooooo

Aaaaaaaaah oooooooooo

Aaaaaaaaah oooooooooo

Aaaaaaaaah oooooooooo

Hey, what about yesterday

(What about us)

What about the seas

(What about us)

The heavens are falling down

(What about us)

I can’t even breathe

(What about us)

What about apathy

(What about us)

I need you

(What about us)

What about nature’s worth

(ooo, ooo)

It’s our planet’s womb

(What about us)

What about animals

(What about it)

We’ve turned kingdoms to dust

(What about us)

What about elephants

(What about us)

Have we lost their trust?

(What about us)

What about crying whales

(What about us)

We’re ravaging the seas

(What about us)

What about forest trails?

(ooo, ooo)

Burnt despite our pleas

(What about us)

What about the holy land

(What about it)

Torn apart by greed

(What about us)

What about the common man

(What about us)

Can’t we set him free?

(What about us)

What about children dying

(What about us)

Can’t you hear them cry?

(What about us)

Where did we go wrong?

(ooo, ooo)

Someone tell me why

(What about us)

What about baby boy

(What about it)

What about the days

(What about us)

What about all their joy

(What about us)

What about the man

(What about us)

What about the crying man

(What about us)

What about Abraham

(What was us)

What about death again

(ooo, ooo)

Do we give a damn?

Aaaaaaaaah oooooooooo

Interpretation

I don’t really fancy Michael but this song is awesome! He was a great loss since he was gone but his songs still touch everyone. I do believe Michael is actually a caring person. He also did some mistakes in his time. But why don’t we look further? The saving and healing of the Earth was a subject that he lived and breathed, so it makes perfect sense that he would bring that awareness to his music, and especially his song writing. He sings about earth and world and nature and children and future of our world. He’s a soldier who has protected the earth. Michael Jackson was a truly beautiful inside out and he was a unique in the music industry who has tried so hard to protect our planet while other human beings have abused it constantly. His artistic presence on this earth has illuminated new dimensions regarding the archetypal themes of suffering and transcendence. He was an authentic artistic visionary and a global healer of our time.

Michael Jackson had the unique ability to sound like he was singing with a tear in his voice when he was touched deeply by the subject matter of the song. You can almost feel Michaels heart in the song. How he cares so much for the well-being of this earth we take so for granted. It took Michael Jackson six years to perfect ‘Earth Song’. Before many people aware nowadays about our earth, he was quite ahead of the crowd and already noticed that, and it came to his concern about the environment. He was so selfless and polite. He only wanted people to change their hearts toward any negativity. I realized many scenes in the video are the things that I do concern now even though he released this song 7 years ago.

Earth Song was typical of Michael Jackson’s beautiful and touching humanitarian themed inspired art. This song is really a masterpiece that perfectly reflects Michael Jackson’s genuine feelings of responsibility that should be assumed by everybody to stop the suffering and torture of both nature and human being. It gives us motivation & advices. He’s praying we all listen before it’s too late, to be aware, heal the world and not destroy it. He wants to know what we are doing to this earth and what are we doing to each other. He is very honest about what is happening in the world and has been for a long time. It really does make you think how all we humans do is destroy ourselves and the planet that God has given us.

Music Video

First you see all the devastation, but in the end you see the rainforest rise once again. The imagery in this song that Michael Jackson created is very strong and powerful. I’m not really an earth-lover but I believe I didn’t do anything wrong, so the thing that happens on nature looks sad but it didn’t touch my heart that much. But when he included animals, like the dying elephant and when someone hit the seal with a stick, which touched my heart.

Lyrics

The lyrics asks how many of us will care about what we’ve done to the world. It matched the music video so well that it can touch the listener’s heart, and their inner soul. This song describes in a perfect way the horrible state that earth is on.

Voice

He cared deeply about the planet and its people and ‘Earth Song’ was a universal a cry that could be understood globally, due to his non-use of language but passionate anguished pleas to convey his pain. His voice is flawless and has the emotion and power of his singing.

Favorite part

This song is so relevant to what is happening to the world today.

Lyrics:

  • “Did you ever stop to notice all the children dead from war” & “Did you ever stop to notice all the blood we’ve shed before”
    • War seems to be a big disaster to this world. We can change this by supporting anti-war advocacies and peace organizations.
  • “What about all the things that you said we were to gain”
    • We’ve been blinded by the idea of having an industrialized cities and having technology, but we didn’t notice the things or lives that we stepped upon.
  • “I used to dream, I used to glance beyond the stars. Now I don’t know where we are although I know we’ve drifted far.”
    • This is like the summary of the whole song. We keep looking forward but we don’t know how to look back.

Video:

  • I like it especially at the end when the trees grow again and the animals come back to life.

Lessons Learned

He wanted to tell everyone to “Heal the World” and to use our power to change the world and the people inside of it. It made me think, about everything that’s happening and why we keep doing this. I hope one day that we can finally live in a world in peace if it’s not too late. The earth is where we all live and enjoy life.  It also makes me realize what the world’s coming into. Though we can’t avoid that, we can just reduce some harmful activities. We should look back to see what we have done and try to recover it as much as possible. I think the earth’s mightiest enemy was the humankind who suffer from corporate greed, globalization and environmental indifference. It really hurts me to see what we have done with the planet and all that is gone and that we will never recover.

We have to ask people “What about us?” because in the world today, people don’t even care about people, and don’t care the planet. Maybe they’re thinking about the world ending in 2012 so they doesn’t care about the future generation. What they didn’t know is that they are one of the factors that contribute to end the world.

I think as humans we don’t realize that there’s one chance. We should stop it in our blood to destroy each other.

Commitment

Who cares? I care. After the seed was planted, now we realize what we’ve done to our planet. People need to care of the planet as best that they can. If we don’t stand up for the earth, who will? Earth song reminds me that we have to change our ways so we can save our beautiful Earth.

We must continue his advocacy and always try to save our world, and bring back the light into this life. I hope people read this review so they should stop producing stuff that we really don´t need, what we need is this planet to get well. We have the brains and power to keep the planet alive so we can live, I think that is a fair trade, so Earth can keep giving us food and water and all the things that we enjoy today.

Recommendations

  • They don’t care about us – Michael Jackson
    • He tells us that some people don’t really care about the innocents who get involved during wars.
  • Man in the Mirror – Michael Jackson
    • He wants us to know that we should make a change.
  • Heal the world – Michael Jackson
    • This is about making the world a nicer place to live in.
  • Imagine – John Lennon
    • This is about visualizing what if we don’t have problems and wars, that it was better.

“I have a thing for trees, I love the color and changing of leaves.” (Quote from “Michael Jackson’s This is It”)

Myiac Tsoerr, 3AD8

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Checked by Prof. Crisencio Paner

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