It All Starts With the 'Man in the Mirror'
By John Starworth
Published on 07/7/2009
As a tribute to Michael Jackson, let's look at the lyrics to one of his most poignant songs, Man in the Mirror.

I think it's important to tribute a person's life after they have passed and in the case of a celebrity, like Michael Jackson, seek out the good that they have brought to the world. Then I searched for something that would be relevant to this site and I found one of his most amazing songs. As much as Michael Jackson is known for his performances, it is less well known that he was a writer as well. I think one of his most well written pieces about human nature, ironically not, 'Human Nature', is 'Man in the Mirror'. Below are the lyrics...

I'm Gonna Make A Change,
For Once In My Life
It's Gonna Feel Real Good,
Gonna Make A Difference
Gonna Make It Right . . .

As I, Turn Up The Collar On My
Favourite Winter Coat
This Wind Is Blowin' My Mind
I See The Kids In The Street,
With Not Enough To Eat
Who Am I, To Be Blind?
Pretending Not To See
Their Needs
A Summer's Disregard,
A Broken Bottle Top
And A One Man's Soul
They Follow Each Other On
The Wind Ya' Know
'Cause They Got Nowhere To Go
That's Why I Want You To Know

I'm Starting With The Man In The Mirror
I'm Asking Him To Change His Ways
And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place
Take A Look At Yourself, And Then Make A Change

I've Been A Victim Of A Selfish Kind Of Love
It's Time That I Realize
That There Are Some With No Home,
Not A Nickel To Loan
Could It Be Really Me,
Pretending That They're Not Alone?

A Willow Deeply Scarred,
Somebody's Broken Heart
And A Washed-Out Dream
They Follow The Pattern Of The Wind, Ya' See
Cause They Got No Place To Be
That's Why I'm Starting With Me
(Starting With Me!)

I'm Starting With The Man In The Mirror,
I'm Asking Him To Change His Ways
No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself And Then Make The Change
You Gotta Get It Right, While You Got The Time
'Cause When You Close Your Heart
You Can't Close Your . . .Your Mind!
Oh No, No No . . .
I'm Gonna Make A Change
It's Gonna Feel Real Good!
Come On!
Change . . .
Just Lift Yourself
You Know
You've Got To Stop It.
Yeah!-Make That Change!
I've Got To Make That Change,
Man In The Mirror
You Got To
You Got To Not Let Yourself . . .
Brother . . .
Yeah!-Make That Change!
You Know-I've Got To Get
That Man, That Man . . .
Man In The Mirror
You've Got To
You've Got To Move! Come
On! Come On!
You Got To . . .
Stand Up! Stand Up!
Stand Up!
Yeah-Make That Change
Stand Up And Lift

Make That Change