"Stranger In Moscow" as written by and Michael Jackson....
I was wandering in the rain
Mask of life, feelin' insane
Swift and sudden fall from grace
Sunny days seem far away
Kremlin's shadow belittlin' me
Stalin's tomb won't let me be
On and on and on it came
Wish the rain would just let me

How does it feel (How does it feel)
How does it feel
How does it feel
When you're alone
And you're cold inside

Here abandoned in my fame
Armageddon of the brain
KGB was doggin' me
Take my name and just let me be
Then a beggar boy called my name
Happy days will drown the pain
On and on and on it came
And again, and again, and again
Take my name and just let me be

How does it feel (How does it feel)
How does it feel
How does it feel
How does it feel
How does it feel (How does it feel now)
How does it feel
How does it feel
When you're alone
And you're cold inside

How does it feel (How does it feel)
How does it feel
How does it feel
How does it feel
How does it feel (How does it feel now)
How does it feel
How does it feel
When you're alone
And you're cold inside

Like stranger in Moscow
Like stranger in Moscow
We're talkin' danger
We're talkin' danger, baby
Like stranger in Moscow
We're talkin' danger
We're talkin' danger, baby
Like stranger in Moscow
I'm livin' lonely
I'm livin' lonely, baby
Stranger in Moscow

(KGB interrogator -
Russian to English Translation)
"Why have you come from the West?
Confess! To steal the great achievements of
the people, the accomplishments of the workers"


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"Stranger in Moscow" as written by Michael Jackson

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    General CommentIt's been well documented that this song was written during the child molestation charges in the early 90's and Michael became frustrated that his star had fallen so quickly in the eyes of the media and some fans ("swift and sudden fall from grace")...he also told an author of a book that when he was at the height of his popularity, he always felt alone, would sometimes cry alone at night and just walk around his neighborhood looking for someone to talk to.

    That's where the concept for the video came from...with him wandering the streets alone looking for someone, and on the verge of pretty much going insane from everything that is falling down on him at once.

    In a weird way the video, which follows a few other people, some of the same bad luck or bad things happen to them in the video too, showing that while he feels alone, he really isn't. He just can't or couldn't connect with anyone to share his feelings at the time.

    This is his best song in terms of having a very deep meaning, no question. A lot of his work has some very eerie forshadowing in it.
    SongInMyHead26on July 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI just discovered this song. I have to say this is his best song. I feel bad for MJ. How quickly we tear down our heroes!! RIP Mikey, I hope you are finally at peace.
    Zenner773on July 14, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song is how Michael felt after the molestation charges...its so sad and shows you exactly how he felt..

    Swift and sudden fall from grace
    Sunny days seem far away

    Then a begger boy called my name

    Take my name and just let me be

    The begger boy was the boy that accused Michael...or it could be a reference to all the thousands of kids that Michael helped. In the background of this song you can hear the sounds of kids playing and calling to him "over here, Michael"

    Him walking the streets could definately be referring to how he used to do that when he was lonely looking for strangers just to talk to..but I think it more represents how alone and alienated he felt after the charges.
    billiejean11on July 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI heard the thing about Michael's feelings while staying in a hotel in Moscow as well. He had a bunch of fans cheering outside the place he was at, yet he felt like the loneliest man in the world.
    Amaya-chanon September 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentKGB was the Soviet security agency. Kind of like the Gestapo for the Nazis. I think that by KGB he means the media (KGB was doggin' me). "The Kremlin" could be the Soviet government (Kremlin is a fortification in Moscow. The presidents of Russia now live there...)and all the restriction that came along with it. You had no freedom of speech etc. If someone hears you speak evil about the country or do anything to demostate your disobediance and disagreement towards the government, be sure that the KGB will get you and make you disappear. And we all now who Stalin was .. So, in generall, I think that the song is about being an outcast. All your actions being watched closely, distorted and frowned upon. Being alone in a crazy society.
    Strujkaon July 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDamn, I've never heard it. Just read the lyrics. In his autobiography he says that he used to feel really lonely so he would go on walks looking for someone to talk to. Someone to be his friend. He wanted to be friends with someone who liked him for him and not for who he was. I advise everyone to read Moonwalk. It's in his words, and it's incredible. Michael Jackson still remains a mystery to me, but this helps a little.
    wayla1234on January 17, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHE WAS SO LONELY I FELT BAD FOR HIM. HE WOULD TAKE LONG WALKS TO LOOK FOR PEOPLE TO TALK TO. I WOULD OF LOVED TO TALK TO MICHAEL I LOVE HIM SO MUCH I REALLY DO. HE WROTE THIS SONG WHEN HE HAD A PARTY WITH ALL HIS FANS AT A HOTEL ROOM, AND HE FELT LONELY HE WENT OUTSIDE AND SAT BY THE DOOR OR SOMTHING A STARTED WRITTING THE SONG. WWW.MJWORLD.NET TO FIND OUT ABOUT STARNGER IN MOSCOW AND PTHER SONGS ITS A REALLY GOOD WEBSITE ALL ABOUT MJ!!!!
    michaeljackson1958on July 31, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti get the same feel as i get whe i hear Sting's an englishman in new york, you are in a place where the people and your surroundings are so different from what you are used too and you feel miles away from your own reality
    gigilalaon June 29, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan't believe no-one has commented on this song, it's so awesome.
    Arthurianon January 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree...this is a great song!
    mmbson February 21, 2005   Link

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