"They Don't Care About Us" as written by and Michael Jackson....
Skin head, dead head
Everybody gone bad
Situation, aggravation
Everybody allegation
In the suite, on the news
Everybody dog food
Bang bang, shot dead
Everybody's gone mad

All I want to say is that
They don't really care about us
All I want to say is that
They don't really care about us

Beat me, hate me
You can never break me
Will me, thrill me
You can never kill me
Do me, Sue me
Everybody do me
Kick me, strike me
Don't you black or white me

All I want to say is that
They don't really care about us
All I want to say is that
They don't really care about us

Tell me what has become of my life
I have a wife and two children who love me
I am the victim of police brutality, now
I'm tired of bein' the victim of hate
You're rapin' me of my pride
Oh, for God's sake
I look to heaven to fulfill its prophecy
Set me free

Skin head, dead head
Everybody gone bad
trepidation, speculation
Everybody allegation
In the suite, on the news
Everybody dog food
black man, black mail
Throw your brother in jail

All I want to say is that
They don't really care about us
All I want to say is that
They don't really care about us

Tell me what has become of my rights
Am I invisible because you ignore me?
Your proclamation promised me free liberty, now
I'm tired of bein' the victim of shame
They're throwing me in a class with a bad name
I can't believe this is the land from which I came
You know I do really hate to say it
The government don't want to see
But if Roosevelt was livin'
He wouldn't let this be, no, no

Skin head, dead head
Everybody gone bad
Situation, speculation
Everybody litigation
Beat me, bash me
You can never trash me
Hit me, kick me
You can never get me

All I want to say is that
They don't really care about us
All I want to say is that
They don't really care about us

Some things in life they just don't want to see
But if Martin Luther was livin'
He wouldn't let this be

Skin head, dead head
Everybody gone bad
Situation, segregation
Everybody allegation
In the suite, on the news
Everybody dog food
Kick me, strike me
Don't you wrong or right me

All I want to say is that
They don't really care about us
All I want to say is that
They don't really care about us

All I want to say is that
They don't really care about us
All I want to say is that
They don't really care about us

All I want to say is that
They don't really care about us
All I want to say is that
They don't really care about us


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"They Don't Care About Us" as written by Michael Jackson

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  • +4
    General Comment"ALL I WANNA SAY IS THAT THEY DON'T REALLY CARE ABOUT US." Then with the ad-libbing at the end "We're deep in fire. I'm here to remind you." How clear could the man get? The government doesn't give a shit about any of us. Look at the good Michael Jackson tried doing and with everything good he did, he was torn down, called a pedophile, said he was a Wacko, etc, etc. Has anyone read the book "The End of America" by Naomi Wolf or seen the documentary of the same name? I don't care if you like Michael Jackson or not. Wake the fuck up, people. He's trying to warn us.
    portrartiston March 02, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThis song really pisses me off, radio stations wouldnt play it, jews screamed that it was anti semitic, I cant believe he would change it because of the media. He should have fought harder against the media since they were tearing him apart even after the apologies. never change your artistic expression whether people are offended are not. Some of the best pieces of art are very controversial. very good song
    anima69316on February 27, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentFunnily enough, some people still say Michael isn't living in reality anymore and that he doesn't know anything about the world around him. They say he's living in his own fantasy dream world. How could they? How can they?

    Michael really is politically conscious, some people just don't know it yet.
    mira_loveon May 30, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe video to this song really brings the meaning alive, he is in some dictative nation and has rallied the local people NOT to cause aggravation but to sing the song and inform the world of the large scale police state set up by their government. i am not a fan of jackson in the slightest but he like u2 and sting have used the power of music to inspire and lead change in the world. and in this case expose the truth of what our leaders are willing to overlook in order to raise their bank balances through arms trades and oil. Democracy????????
    deankavanagh1234on May 31, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think the part when he says, "situation, speculation, everybody allegation," he is referring to the FALSE accusations made against him in early '93. I love this song so, so much! It's definately one of my favorites.
    wayla1234on January 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is generally about discrimination and racism. He's whining about it, sure... and then sings, "Jew me" and "kike me". Anyone familiar with the history of many Jews in disproportionate power positions in Hollywood, politics, etc, will understand his point of reference. That's 'understand,' not agree with. Folks in power have the ability to shape a culture via the media and money.
    proteuson January 27, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe is using Kike and Jew as verbs for the derogatory use of those words as slander.
    sbhanoton June 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song speaks out about all the people who suffer discrimination, including Michael himself, and how unneccesary it all is. I love how he doesn't have to make it too obvious and sing,"#I am upset about this situation...#" he uses these short hard phrases and allows you too think about them yourself. A very intelligent set of lyrics from MJ. It shows his anger at people being judgemental and higlights some clear issues (Segregation) (Throw the brother/In jail) (if Martin Luther was livin'/He wouldn't let this be). He addresses the issues that are clearly about him (Don't you Black or White me) - his skin colour is always questioned. (I'm tired of being the victim of hate) - if he has done anything that deserves so much hate from a lot of people, fair enough but he's a 'victim'. Everyone has thier own little Michael Jackson theory but what has he done wrong? Nothing. He's almost too good as a person and yet there are always false allegations based on untruths and people being too quick too judge.
    LuluLovesYouMoreon January 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI actually think this is one of his best songs both lyrically an musically
    I don't think it was racist in any way shape or form
    You can really tell how he's feeling in this song and it makes sense

    although...he says in this "i have a wife and two children who love me"
    wasn;t this song written in 1995? he didnt have prince until 1997 and paris until 1998 right?
    BZLCharlieon April 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning"THEY don't really care about us"

    THEY...

    How clear can Michael get with this song, seriously, listen to the song carefully, it has more of a meaning than what you believe...

    THEY DONT REALLY CARE ABOUT US

    This song isn't just about Michael Jackson, it's about how the people are suppressed of their liberties, and the 'leaders' apathy towards the people.
    AFXC1on July 11, 2009   Link

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