Michael Jackson - Beat It Video and Lyrics




Beat It by Michael Jackson, Music Video and Lyrics

Beat It is the third single by Michael Jackson, from his sixth studio album and the best-selling album of all time, Thriller. The song was was written by Jackson and co-produced by Quincy Jones, it was released on February 14, 1983.
The short film for “Beat It”, directed by Bob Giraldi and choreographed by Michael Peters, helped establish Jackson as an international pop icon.
“Beat It” has become a signature song of Jackson; the singer has performed it on all of his world tours.

Watch the official video here.

Michael Jackson - Beat It Lyrics

1st verse
They told him dont you ever come around here
Don’t wanna see your face, you better disappear
The fires in their eyes and their words are really clear
So beat it, just beat it
2nd verse
You better run, you better do what you can
Don’t wanna see no blood, don’t be a macho man
You wanna be tough, better do what you can
So beat it, but you wanna be bad

Chorus
Just beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it
No one wants to be defeated
Showin how funky strong is your fighter
It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right
Just beat it, beat it
Just beat it, beat it
Just beat it, beat it
Just beat it, beat it

3rd verse
They’re out to get you, better leave while you can
Dont wanna be a boy, you wanna be a man
You wanna stay alive, better do what you can
So beat it, just beat it

4th verse
You have to show them that you’re really not scared
You’re playin with your life, this ain’t no truth or dare
They’ll kick you, then they beat you,
Then they’ll tell you its fair
So beat it, but you wanna be bad

Chorus
Just beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it
No one wants to be defeated
Showin how funky strong is your fighter
It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right
Chorus
Just beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it
No one wants to be defeated
Showin how funky strong is your fighter
It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right
Just beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it

Chorus
Beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it
No one wants to be defeated
Showin how funky strong is your fighter
It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right

Chorus
Just beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it
No one wants to be defeated
Showin how funky strong is your fighter
It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or who’s right
Chorus
Just beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it
No one wants to be defeated
Showin how funky strong is your fighter
It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right
Chorus
Just beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it
No one wants to be defeated
Showin how funky strong is your fighter
It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right
Just beat it, beat it
Beat it, beat it, beat it

Song and Video Information

Eddie Van Halen was drafted in to add the distinctive overdriven guitar solo with tapping, but initially thought the phone calls from Jones requesting that he participate were fake. The lyrics of “Beat It” are about defeat and courage.

The song was promoted with a short film that featured Jackson bringing two real life gangs together through the power of dance. Covered and sampled by modern artists, including Fergie and Fall Out Boy, the song was included in the National Highway Safety Commission’s anti-drink driving campaign.

Both “Beat It” and Thriller became famous for their mass choreography, a Jackson trademark. The video starred 80 genuine gang members -to add authenticity to the production -and 18 professional dancers. Based on the Broadway musical West Side Story, the video cost Jackson $150,000 to create after CBS refused to finance it. The video features elaborate choreography which opened up many new job opportunities for dancers in the US.

The short film was ranked by Rolling Stone as the number one video, in both their critic’s and reader’s poll. The video was later inducted into the Music Video Producer’s Hall of Fame.

Released February 14, 1983
Recorded 1982
Genre Rock, R&B
Length 4:19
Label Epic Records
Writer Michael Jackson
Producer Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones
Certification Platinum (RIAA)


2 Responses to “Michael Jackson - Beat It Video and Lyrics”

  1. gg noriega Says:

    Do you have the names of the dancers in that beat it video?

  2. Tanner doherty Says:

    For some reason, I couldn’t get the video workin’,but I like the song! One time, I dressed up as him!!!! I liked it!!!! :))

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