"Tabloid Junkie" as written by Michael Joe Jackson, James Harris Iii and Terry Lewis....
Speculate to break the one you hate
Circulate the lie you confiscate
Assassinate and mutilate
The hounding media in hysteria
Who's the next for you to resurrect
JFK exposed the CIA
Truth be told the grassy knoll
The blackmail story in all your glory

It's Slander
You say it's not a sword
But with your pen you torture men
You'd crucify the Lord
And you don't have to read it
And you don't have to eat it
To buy it is to feed it
So why do we keep foolin' ourselves

Just because you read it in a magazine
Or see it on the TV screen
Don't make it factual
Though everybody wants to read all about it
Just because you read it in a magazine
Or see it on the TV screen
Don't make it factual, actual
They say he's homosexual

In the hood
Frame him if you could
Shoot to kill
To blame him if you will
If he dies sympathize
Such false witnesses
Damn self righteousness
In the black
Stab me in the back
In the face
To lie and shame the race
Heroine and Marilyn
The headline stories of
All your glory

It's slander
With the words you use
You're a parasite in black and white
Do anything for news
If you don't go and buy it
Then they won't glorify it
To read it sanctifies it
Then why do we keep foolin' ourselves

Just because you read it in a magazine
Or see it on the TV screen
Don't make it factual
Everybody wants to read all about it
Just because you read it in a magazine
Or see it on the TV screen
Don't make it factual
See, but everybody wants to believe all about it

Just because you read it in a magazine
Or see it on the TV screen
Don't make it factual
See, but everybody wants to believe all about it
Just because you read it in a magazine
Or see it on the TV screen
Don't make it factual, actual
She's blonde and she's bisexual

Scandal
With the words you use
You're a parasite in black and white
Do anything for news
And you don't go and buy it
Then they won't glorify it
To read it sanctifies it
Why do we keep foolin' ourselves
Slander
You say it's not a sin
But with your pen you torture men
Then why do we keep foolin' ourselves

Just because you read it in a magazine
Or see it on the TV screen
Don't make it factual
Though everybody wants to read all about it
Just because you read it in a magazine
Or see it on the TV screen
Don't make it factual
See, but everybody wants to believe all about it

Just because you read it in a magazine
Or see it on the TV screen
Don't make it factual
Just because you read it in a magazine
Or see it on the TV screen
Don't make it factual
Just because you read it in a magazine
Or see it on the TV screen
Don't make it factual, actual

You're so damn disrespectable


Lyrics submitted by ruben, edited by dr. vijaya

"Tabloid Junkie" as written by Michael Jackson, James Harris Iii, Terry Lewis

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +1
    General CommentI also agree. I think he wrote it to show his frustration and anger with the media and their stories about him. Its basically telling the media to back the hell off and other people who buy the crap the media puts out there that NOT all of it is ever true. I mean, you can hear the frustration in his voice in the song. If you haven't heard it yet, go listen!
    ChocoRazzle97on December 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Sunday Times not a friend of mine....."
    marie7334on October 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is really self explanatory! i love it though especially his ad libs. he's saying to the tabloids to fuck off and stop writing false stories
    unpoppedon October 19, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI totally agree with Micheal here...
    JoshFon March 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song and Scream seem to go hand-in-hand.

    I really like the second verse, too.
    Kuma7on July 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's not only about the media itself, but also the people who actually believe everything they say religiously. If they wrote things and people didn't buy and scrutinize everyone, then maybe (only maybe) they'd change their attitude.
    Dislbon July 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like how he doesn't sound completely angry in the song itself - just frustrated and a little cocky. The feeling of anger is there, but he'd rather be smart about it than go on a rant.

    And the chorus! Wow.
    Sasafrazon August 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe chorus in this is amazing..

    The lyrics are great too but lyrically and vocally...wow..
    KadeejiaDeniseon September 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this song. 'you a parasite in black and white do anything for news.' Good line. Also, he slightly addressed the assholes who says he did not want to be black 'in the black, stab me in the back, in the face, to lie and shame the race.' People should listen to alot of his lyrics, they are very telling.
    shaunamarie77on September 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI DO THINK THIS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST LYRICS EVER!!

    saying back to the media who make up storys fore selling lies and also fore the people buying the papers.

    This song flows and the lyric is so god!! you have to be gifted to make this song! :D
    one of my absolutly favourite songs!
    this shows what a GENOUIS Michael Jackson was!
    solhaug86on September 28, 2009   Link

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