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Beat It
Song

Beat It

Michael Jackson
Album:
Thriller

Song Meaning and Background of Beat It by Michael Jackson


"Beat It" is a song by American singer Michael Jackson from his sixth studio album, Thriller released in 1982. It was written & composed by Jackson and produced by Jackson and Quincy Jones.


Jones encouraged Jackson to include a rock song on the album. Jackson later said: "I wanted to write a song, the type of song that I would buy if I were to buy a rock song... and I wanted the children to really enjoy it—the school children as well as the college students."


It includes a guitar solo by Eddie Van Halen, the lead guitarist of hard rock band Van Halen, was asked to add a guitar solo. When initially contacted by Jones, Van Halen thought he was receiving a prank call. "I did it as a favor", the musician later said. "I was a complete fool, according to the rest of the band, our manager and everyone else. I was not used. I knew what I was doing—I don't do something unless I want to do it."


Van Halen recorded his contribution following Jones and Jackson arriving at the guitarist's house with a "skeleton version" of the song. Fellow guitarist Steve Lukather recalled, "Initially, we rocked it out as Eddie had played a good solo—but Quincy thought it was too tough. So I had to reduce the distorted guitar sound and that is what was released."


The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, staying there for three weeks.


Lyrics of Beat It by Michael Jackson


They told him, "Don't you ever come around here

Don't wanna see your face, you better disappear"

The fire's in their eyes and their words are really clear

So beat it, just beat it (Ooh!)

You better run, you better do what you can (Ooh!)

Don't wanna see no blood, don't be a macho man (Ooh!)

You wanna be tough, better do what you can

So beat it, but you wanna be bad

 

Just beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it

No one wants to be defeated

Showin' how funky and strong is your fight

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, uh)

 

They're out to get you, better leave while you can

Don't wanna be a boy, you wanna be a man

You wanna stay alive, better do what you can

So beat it, just beat it (Ooh!)

You have to show them that you're really not scared (Ooh!)

You're playin' with your life, this ain't no truth or dare (Ooh!)

They'll kick you, then they'll beat you, then they'll tell you it's fair

So beat it, but you wanna be bad

 

Just beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it

No one wants to be defeated

Showin' how funky and strong is your fight

It doesn't matter who's wrong or right

Just beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it

No one wants to be defeated

Showin' how funky and strong is your fight

It doesn't matter who's wrong or right

Just beat it (Beat it, beat it, beat it)

Beat it (Beat it, beat it, ha, ha, ha, ha)

Beat it (Beat it, beat it)

Beat it (Beat it, beat it)

 

Beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it

No one wants to be defeated

Showin' how funky and strong is your fight

It doesn't matter who's wrong or right (Who's right)

Just beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it (Hoo-hoo!)

No one wants to be defeated (Oh, lord)

Showin' how funky (Hee-hee!) and strong is your fight (Hee-hee-hee!)

It doesn't matter who's wrong or right

Just beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it (Beat it!)

No one wants to be defeated (Oh-no!)

Showin' how funky (Hoo-hoo!) and strong is your fight (Hee-hee! Hoo!)

It doesn't matter who's wrong or right

Just beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it

No one wants to be defeated

Showin' how funky and strong is your fight

It doesn't matter who's wrong or right (Who's right)

Just beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it (Hoo-hoo!)

No one wants to be defeated

 

Release Date

1983

Songwriter/s

Michael Jackson

Producer/s

Quincy Jones

Label/s

Epic

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