"Who Is It" as written by and Michael Joe Jackson....
I gave her money
I gave her time
I gave her everything
Inside one heart could find
I gave her passion
My very soul
I gave her promises
And secrets so untold

And she promised me forever
And a day we'd live as one
We made our vows
We'd live a life anew
And she promised me in secret
That she'd love me for all the time
It's a promise so untrue
Tell me what will I do ?

And it doesn't seem to matter
And it doesn't seem right
'Cause the will has brought
No fortune
Still I cry alone at night
Don't you judge of my composure
'Cause I'm lying to myself
And the reason why she left me
Did she find someone else ?

(Who is it ?)
It is a friend of mine
(Who is it ?)
Is it my brother ?
(Who is it ?)
Somebody hurt my soul
(Who is it ?)
I can't take this stuff no more

I am the damned
I am the dead
I am the agony inside
The dying head
This is injustice
Woe unto thee
I pray this punishment
Would have mercy on me

And she promised me forever
That we'd live our life as one
We made our vows
We'd live a love so true
It seems that she has left me
For such reasons unexplained
I need to find the truth
But see what will I do ?

And it doesn't seem to matter
And it doesn't seem right
'Cause the will has brought
No fortune
Still I cry alone at night
Don't you judge of my composure
'Cause I'm bothered everyday
And she didn't leave a letter
She just up and ran away

(Who is it ?)
It is a friend of mine
(Who is it ?)
Is it my brother ?
(Who is it ?)
Somebody hurt my soul
(Who is it ?)
I can't take it 'cause I'm lonely

(Who is it ?)
It is a friend of mine
(Who is it ?)
To me I'm bothered
(Who is it ?)
Somebody hurt my soul
(Who is it ?)
I can't take it 'cause I'm lonely

And it doesn't seem to matter
And it doesn't seem right
'Cause the will has brought
No fortune
Still I cry alone at night
Don't you judge of my composure
Cause I'm lying to myself
And the reason why she left me
Did she find someone else ?

And it doesn't seem to matter
And it doesn't seem right
'Cause the will has brought
No fortune
Still I cry alone at night
Don't you judge of my composure
'Cause I'm bothered everyday
And she didn't leave a letter
She just up and ran away


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"Who Is It" as written by Michael Joe Jackson

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  • +2
    General Commentvery great/sad song.
    i think that his wife/girl friend left him, and as Code123 said, she never told him why she left. And he is wondering who she left him for.
    hence:
    (Who is it?)
    It is a friend of mine?
    (Who is it?)
    Is it my brother?
    mylifeon June 16, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's pretty obvious that he's singing about the same girl from 'Dirty Diana', and in the music video it was hinted that the girl's name is Diana.

    But 'Diana' is not mere metaphor or fiction, he's actually making jabs at Diana Ross, his 'mother-lover-sister' that he claimed her to be in his autobiography. See, in the song, he's singing about a girl who left him to be with someone else, and he's upset that he doesn't even know who is the guy she left him for.

    Think back to 1979 - 1985, where Diana just broke off from Silberstein, and she got awfully close with Michael during that period. They went to Oscar dates together, hung out in clubs together, did intimate photoshoots together, and even spent nights together during the filming of the 'Wiz'. Michael wrote a few songs for her albums during this period, too.

    In an interview, Michael boldly insinuated that the person he wants to marry is Diana Ross, but nobody took him seriously because they just thought that it was just idolization from Michael's part, sort of a cute crush or something.

    Then suddenly, in 1986 Diana announced that she was getting married to Arnes Naess. Michael was upset, he admitted in his Moonwalk autobiography that he was jealous of her new husband because he has never even met the guy before, and he refused to attend her wedding nor wanted her to collaborate on a song called 'I Can't Stop Loving You' and even turned down Diana's invitation to appear on her show. A year later, 'Bad' is released and it featured a song called 'Dirty Diana', most probably 'dedicated' to Diana Ross as a way to get back at her.

    In the Glenda tapes, where MJ had his phone conversation with a friend wiretapped without either of them knowing (you can find the audio tracks on Youtube -- called MJ secret phone conversations), he told his friend that an 'older woman' used him and was fooling around with other men behind his back. He also mentioned that it took him years to get over Diana, and this was right before Dangerous was released so the timing for the song 'Who Is It?" (which is featured in this album) makes sense.

    Actually, if you match the lyrics of 'Who Is It?' with Michael's rumored affair with Diana, everything fits together. There's no metaphor or groupies or whatever. It's a straightfoward song about 'Diana' (Ross) breaking his heart, that's all.
    Shazazaon March 30, 2014   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think in this particular instance Michael is clearly aware of infidelities yet seeks confirmations from all guilty parties yet remaining in constant denial
    Darrell2001on April 04, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of my favorites...very dramatic.
    mmbson February 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSOUL!!!!!!
    THIS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST SONGS EVER!
    Michael's voice is amazing on this track.
    Tyler2004durdenon April 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentClearly, this is about the pain of your lover leaving you, told in a powerful way. He doesn't know why she left, but, like most men, he's assuming it's to be with someone else.
    A simple idea for a song, but brilliantly executed.
    kevinbrightonon October 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentShe just up and ran away is actually a censored version for tv.
    She just f*ed and ran away is what is being said.

    To me the songs about a woman who has an air of mystery around herself and he's madly attracted to her. He thinks they seem to have a close relationship and great chemistry but she's not attached to him, or she hasn't committed to him while he has. She keeps to be playing these games and he's not sure what to think of it and why she's acting this way. Her sudden disappearing tricks makes him think she may be having an affair with someone else. He feels cheated on and betrayed when he finds the card with the name on it that signifies this is all an act and there never was a relationship to begin with, and the hurt shows in his composure, and he hates it because he's not this way and he's never been used this way.

    I think the Diana card is to link this video to Dirty Diana. That that's how he got lured into the relation with this girl, who was Diana with him, but Alex with someone else...
    shimmerson December 02, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOUH! Another great lyrics! And the music is just brilliant; how he let music, lyrics and expression fit here! Sophisticated
    AgathaKavkaon May 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNice melody this song has.
    Rawnnieon October 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor some reason...the woman has left him. She never told him. This is his wife. What is a person supposed to do after emotionally giving themselves to the other and all of a sudden they up and left?

    Your mind struggles to cope by trying to reason out things..make sense of things..anything to just ease the hurt confusion and the regret felt.

    You are damaged and this is what this song is about.


    So powerful. Great song by Michael Jackson.
    Code123on April 25, 2008   Link

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