Yesterday, Today, & FOREVER The King of Pop


Music has been my outlet, my gift to all of the lovers in this world.
Through it — my music, I know I will live forever.  ~ Michael Jackson,
December 2007

 In his own words  – Michael Joseph Jackson



“Lies run sprints, but truth runs marathons.
The truth will win this marathon in court”


"Most of what they print is a fabrication. It’s enough to make you want to ask, "What happened to truth? Did it go out of style?""

"Like the old Indian proverb says do not judge a man until you’ve walked 2 moons in his moccasins.

Most people don’t know me, that is why they write such things in which most is not true

I cry very very often because it hurts and I worry about the children all my children all over the world, I live for them.

If a man could say nothing against a character but what he can prove, history could not be written.

Animals strike, not from malice, but because they want to live, it
is the same with those who criticize, they desire our blood, not our
pain. But still I must achieve I must seek truth in all things. I must
endure for the power I was sent forth, for the world for the children.

But have mercy, for I’ve been bleeding a long time now."   M.J. (circa 1995)

In Neverland "I’m trying to imitate Jesus in the fact that he said to be like children, to love children, to be as pure as children, and to make yourself as innocent and to see the world through eyes of wonderment and the whole magical quality of it all and I love that. And we’ll have like a hundred bald headed children, they all have cancer, and they’re all running around".


"Now you can’t stop me even though you think, that if you block me, you’ve done your thing. And when you bury me underneath all your pain. I’m steady laughin’, while surfacing." 


"I love my children very, very much, and I always look in their eyes and tell them that – I think that’s the most important thing."


"But if I am guilty of anything, it is of giving all that I have to give to help children all over the world. It is of loving children, of all ages and races, it is of gaining sheer joy from seeing children with their innocent and smiling faces. It is of enjoying, through them, the childhood that I missed myself. If I am guilty of anything, it is of believing what God said about children: "Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for such is the kingdom of heaven.""


"Members of the NAACP have been jailed and killed in noble pursuit of those ideals upon which our country was founded. None of these goals is more meaningful to me at this time in my life than the notion that everyone is presumed to be innocent, and totally innocent, until they are charged with a crime, and then convicted by a jury of their peers. I never really took the time to understand the importance of that ideal until now, until I became the victim of false allegations, and the willingness of others to believe and exploit the worst before they have a chance to hear the truth. Not only am I presumed innocent, I am innocent! And I know the truth will be my salvation."


"My father was a managerial genius and my brothers and I owe our professional success, in no small measure, to the forceful way that he pushed us."


"All around us we are producing scores of kids who have not had the joy, who have not been accorded the right, who have not been allowed the freedom, of knowing what it’s like to be a kid. "


"Today children are constantly encouraged to grow up faster, as if this period known as childhood is a burdensome stage, to be endured and ushered through, as swiftly as possible."


"We have to heal our wounded world. The chaos, despair, and senseless destruction we see today are the result of the alienation that people feel from each other and their environment. Often this alienation has its roots in an emotionally deprived childhood. Children have had their childhood stolen from them. A child’s mind needs the nourishment of mystery, magic, wonder, and excitement. I want my work to help people rediscover the child that’s hiding in them."


"When children listen to music, they don’t just listen. They melt into the melody and flow with the rhythm. Something inside starts to unfold its wings–soon the child and the music are one. I feel that way, too, in the presence of music, and my best moments of creativity have often been spent with children. When I am around them, music comes to me as easily as breathing."


"Children show me in their playful smiles the divine in everyone. This simple goodness shines straight from their hearts. This has so much to teach. If a child wants chocolate ice cream, he just asks for it. Adults get tangled up in complications over whether to eat ice cream or not. A child simply enjoys. What we need to learn from children isn’t childish. Being with them connects us to the deep wisdom of life, which is everpresent and only asks to be lived. Now, when the world is so confused and its problems so complicated, I feel we need our children more than ever. Their natural wisdom points the way to solutions that lie, waiting to be recognized, within our own hearts."


"In their innocence, very young children know themselves to be light and love. If we allow them, they can teach us to see ourselves in the same way."


"The innocence of children represents to me the source of infinitive creativity and I feel this is where all my creative source comes from. This is not an intellectual kind of intelligence but an intelligence that is full of wonder, magic, mystery, and adventure. In this intelligence there is love, there is trust, there is joy, and there is beauty. It’s the kind of intelligence that will heal the world."


"Do you feel your music? Children do, but once we grow up, life becomes a burden and a chore, and the music grows fainter. Sometimes the heart is so heavy that we turn away from it and forget that its throbbing is the wisest message of life, a wordless message that says, "Live, be, move, rejoice–you are alive!" Without the heart’s wisest rhythm, we could not exist."


"The innocence of children represents to me the source of infinite creativity that is the potential of every human being. But by the time you are an adult, you’re conditioned; you’re so conditioned by the things about you, and it goes."


"And that’s why I love children so much from being around them. I realize that many of the world’s problems today, from the inner city crime to large scale wars and terrorism, and our over crowded prisons are a result of the fact that children have had their childhoods stolen away from them. The magic, the wonder, the mystery and the innocence of a child’s heart are the seeds of creativity that will heal the world. I really believe that. What we need to learn from children isn’t childish. Being with them connects us to the deeper wisdom of life which is ever-present and only asks to be lived. They know the way to solutions that lie waiting to be recognized within our hearts."


"One day I was thinking about my own children, Prince and Paris and how I wanted them to think of me when they grow up. To be sure, I would like them to remember how I always wanted them with me wherever I went, how I always tried to put them before everything else. But there are also challenges in their lives. Because my kids are stalked by paparazzi, they can’t always go to a park or a movie with me."


"I hope that they will always focus on the positive things, on the sacrifices I willingly made for them, and not criticize the things they had to give up, or the errors I’ve made, and will certainly continue to make, in raising them. For we have all been someone’s child, and we know that despite the very best of plans and efforts, mistakes will always occur. That’s just being human."


"So what if they grow older and resent me, and how my choices impacted their youth? Why weren’t we given an average childhood like all the other kids, they might ask? And at that moment I pray that my children will give me the benefit of the doubt. That they will say to themselves: "Our daddy did the best he could, given the unique circumstances that he faced. He may not have been perfect, but he was a warm and decent man, who tried to give us all the love in the world."


"My Children? We love just sitting together, talking, shooting the breeze. We sit by the lake. I take them for a walk every day at my house. We sit by the lake and we throw rocks in the water and we just talk."


"I always tell my children, You don’t have to sing, you don’t have to dance. Be who you want to be, as long as you’re not hurting anybody. That’s the main thing?."


"When I look into the eyes of my son, Prince, and my daughter, Paris, I see miracles and I see beauty. Every single day becomes the Sabbath. Having children allows me to enter this magical and holy world every moment of every day. I see God through my children. I speak to God through my children. I am humbled for the blessings He has given me." 


"Those are the moments we’re one with God. All is well, nothing is odd. In silent reflection, we feel our perfection. We are the source, we are the crucible. Nothing can hurt us, for we are invincible. There is no sin, there is no sinner. We can only win, we have felt the glimmer. In the bliss, we’re floating awhile. Those are the moments when babies smile."


"Those are moments when fate is unsealed. Nothing is impossible and we are healed. We can soar, we can fly. Walk on fire, navigate the sky. In the light of a glittering star. There’s no distance, nothing is far. Those are moments of innocent guile. In the glow, we are suspended awhile. Those are moments when babies smile."


"Those are moments when the heart is tender. When seascapes gleam in magnificent splendor, when the laughter of Heaven reverberates the Earth. And we are renewed in a new birth. In a timeless Eternity, in the angels’ fraternity. We romp and roll, the playground of our soul. In the twilight, we are suspended awhile. Those are the moments when babies smile."


"Those are the moments we’re one with God. All is well, nothing is odd. In silent reflection, we feel our perfection. We are the source, we are the crucible. Nothing can hurt us, for we are invincible. There is no sin, there is no sinner. We can only win, we have felt the glimmer. In the bliss, we’re floating awhile. Those are the moments when babies smile."


"I wouldn’t care to live without children and without the inspiration they give me. They inspire me in all I do, every song I write, every dance I perform. People try and use that against me and it’s just so unfair. I get very upset by it, it breaks my heart."


"If I were living for no other reason than to help and please kids, that would be enough for me."


"Children are God’s gift to us. No — they are more than that — they are the very form of God’s energy and creativity and love. He is to be found in their innocence, experienced in their playfulness."


"Our children are the most beautiful, most sweet, most treasured of our creations. And yet, every day, at least 28 children die. Today our children are at risk of being killed by diseases and by violence of war, guns, abuse and neglect. Children have few rights and no one to speak for them. They have no voice in our world. God and nature has blessed me with a voice. Now I want to use it to help children speak for themselves. I have founded the Heal The World Foundation to be the voice of the voiceless: the children".


"Everyone who knows me will know the truth which is that my children come first in my life and that I would never harm any child."


"What one wishes is to be touched by Truth and to be able to interpret that Truth so that one may use what one is feeling and experiencing, be it despair or joy, in a way that will add meaning to one’s life and will hopefully touch others as well. This is art in its highest form. Those moments of enlightenment are what I continue to live for."


"To me, nothing is more important than making people happy, giving them a release from their problems and worries, helping to lighten their load."


"If it weren’t for my desire to help the children of the world, I’d throw in the towel and kill myself."


I pray for peace all the time. And the most important thing I pray for is protection for children and babies. That’s the thing that concerns me the most, I like them to be protected and to have more children’s rights in the world, where children, you know, where there’s a day for children, a celebration for children. Give them a little more attention and love.


"I would love to see a celebration for children. Children’s Day; a holiday. We have Mother’s Day, Father’s day- no Children’s Day."


"I would therefore like to propose tonight that we install in every home a Children’s Universal Bill of Rights, the tenets of which are: The right to be loved, without having to earn it. The right to be protected, without having to deserve it. The right to feel valuable, even if you came into the world with nothing. The right to be listened to without having to be interesting. The right to be read a bedtime story without having to compete with the evening news or Eastenders. The right to an education without having to dodge bullets at schools. The right to be thought of as adorable (even if you have a face that only a mother could love)."


"The various child protection agencies in the US say that millions of children are victims of maltreatment in the form of neglect, in the average year. In rich homes, privileged homes, wired to the hilt with every electronic gadget. Homes where parents come home, but they’re not really home, because their heads are still at the office. And their kids? Well, their kids just make do with whatever emotional crumbs they get. And you don’t get much from endless TV, computer games and videos."


"I truly care about children, and about the future for our children. I’m a little frightened about what the future is going to bring. I truly, truly love them and care about them. I will always help them. When I go on tour, I visit hospitals, terminally ill children. At my ranch at Neverland, we have many terminally ill children as our guests. We do this every few weeks. You do it because you truly love them and you care."


"Home with their fathers, snug close and warm, loving their mothers. I see the door simply wide open, but no one can find thee. So pray for all the lost children."


"When you sit there addressing, counting your blessings, biding your time. When you lay me down sleeping and my heart is weeping, because I’m keeping a place for all the lost children."


"I feel totally at home with them. I can talk to them one on one because they don’t judge you. They’re not looking for anything. They just want to have some fun."


"It’s curious what takes courage and what doesn’t. When I step out on stage in front of thousands of people, I don’t feel that I’m being brave. It can take much more courage to express true feelings to one person. When I think of courage, I think of the Cowardly Lion in "The Wizard Of Oz." He was always running away from danger. He often cried and shook with fear. But he was also sharing his real feelings with those he loved, even though he didn’t always like those feelings."


"That takes real courage, the courage to be intimate. Expressing your feelings is not the same as falling apart in front of someone else–it’s being true to your heart, whatever it may say. When you have the courage to be intimate, you know who you are, and you’re willing to let others see that. It’s scary, because you feel so vulnerable, so open to rejection. But without self-acceptance, the other kind of courage, the kind heroes show in the movies, seems hollow. In spite of those risks, the courage to be honest and intimate opens the way to self-discovery. It offers what we all want, the promise of love."


"It’s being off stage that’s difficult for me." 


"Yet there is a deep truth in innocence. A baby looks into his mother’s eyes, and all he sees is love. As innocence fades away, more complicated things take its place. We think we need to outwit others and scheme to get what we want. We begin to spend a lot of energy protecting ourselves. Then life turns into a struggle. People have no choice but to be street-smart. How else can they survive?"


“When you get right down to it, survival means seeing things the way they really are and not responding. It means being open. And that’s what innocence is. It’s simple and trusting like a child, not judgmental and committed to one narrow point of view. If you are locked into a pattern of thinking and responding, your creativity gets blocked. You miss the freshness and magic of the moment. Learn to be innocent again, and that freshness never fades."


"The last few weeks I have been cleansing myself and it’s been a rebirth for myself. It’s like a cleansing spirit. My childhood was completely taken away from me. There was no Christmas, there was no birthdays… It was not a normal childhood, no normal pleasures of childhood. Those were exchanged for hard work, struggle and pain, and eventual material and professional success. But as an awful price, I cannot recreate that part of my life, nor would I change any part of my life."


"How would I like to be remembered? As a person who came and brought light to the world, some escapism. Also as the voice for the voiceless children, because I love them. I’m living for the children. If it weren’t for the kids, I would throw in the towel. A baby, a child – now that’s amazing. They’re little geniuses, you know, little geniuses. They really are."


"I’m just a person who wants to be honest and do good, make people happy and give them the greatest sense of escapism through the talent God has given me."


"Through the grace of God, I have been fortunate to have achieved many of my artistic and professional aspirations realized early in my lifetime."


"I pretty much stood there and let the song tell me what to do. I kind of let the dance create itself. I really let it talk to me"


"I feel guilty having to put my name, sometimes, on the songs…I do write them, I compose them, I do the scoring, I do the lyrics, I do the melodies, but still it’s a….it’s a work of God."


"I feel fortunate for being that instrument through which music flows. I’m just the source through which it comes. I can’t take credit for it because it’s God’s work. He’s just using me as the messenger…."

"I am so proud God gave me the gift of song, and the world gave me the opportunity to be heard through music. And it’s because of moments like this I can say with all my heart, that I’m very proud to be an entertainer."  (Michael Jackson at the World Music Awards 2000)

"Each song is a child I nourish and give my love to. But even if you have never written a song, your life is a song. How can it not be? In wave after wave, Nature caresses you–the rhythm of each dawn and each sunset is part of you, the falling rain touches your soul, and you see yourself in the clouds that are playing tag with the sun. To live is to be musical, starting with the blood dancing in your veins. Everything living has a rhythm. To feel each one, softly and attentively, brings out its music."


"I am a slave to the rhythm. I am a palette. I just go with the moment. You’ve got to do it that way because if you’re thinking, you’re dead. Performing is not about thinking; it’s about feeling."


"Now I’m just wondering why you think, that you can get to me with anything. Seems like you’d know by now when and how I get down. And with all that I’ve been through, I’m still around."


"You can try to stop me, but it won’t do a thing. No matter what you do, I’m still gonna be here. Through all your lies and silly games. I’m a still remain the same, I’m unbreakable. "


"Like the old Indian proverb says, "Do not judge a man until you’ve walked 2 moons in his moccasins". Most people don’t know me, that is why they write such things in which MOST is not true."


"Just because you read it in a magazine, or see it on the TV screen, don’t make it factual."


"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"


"Speculate to break the one you hate, circulate the lie you confiscate. Assassinate and mutilate, as the hounding media in hysteria. Who’s the next for you to resurrect. JFK exposed the CIA. Truth be told the grassy knoll. As the blackmail story in all your glory."


"If you know it’s a lie, then you will swear it. If you give it with guilt, then you will bear it. If it’s taking a chance, then you will dare it. You do anything for money."


"The bigger the star, the bigger the target. And the more popular I became, the more rumors that were created, none of which were true."


"It hurts to be misunderstood. No matter how much you try to put people on track, there will still be some judgment – things said that are so far from the truth."


"I’m searching for that wonder in my youth. Like pirates and adventurous dreams, of conquest and kings on the throne. Before you judge me, try hard to love me. Look within your heart then ask. Have you seen my Childhood?"


"I’m searching for the world that I come from. ‘Cause I’ve been looking around, in the lost and found of my heart. No one understands me. They view it as such strange eccentricities. ‘Cause I keep kidding around, like a child, but pardon me. People say I’m not okay ‘Cause I love such elementary things. It’s been my fate to compensate, for the Childhood I’ve never known. Have you seen my Childhood?"


"However, today when I create my music, I feel like an instrument of nature. I wonder what delight nature must feel when we open our hearts and express our God-given talents. The sound of approval rose across the universe and the whole world abounds in magic. Wonders fill our hearts for we have glimpsed, for an instant, the playfulness of life. "


Well, the songwriting process is something very difficult to explain because it’s very spiritual. You really have it in the hands of God, and it’s as if its been written already, that’s the real truth. As if its been written in its entirety before were born and you’re just really the source through which the songs come. Really. Because there is. . . they just fall right into your lap in its entirety. You don’t have to do much thinking about it. And I feel guilty having to put my name, sometimes, on the songs that I. . . I do write them; I compose them, I write them, I do the scoring, I do the lyrics, I do the melodies but still, it’s a. . . It’s a work of God.  I kinda parallel it to a. . .you know. . . It’s like the gestation process of birth. You know, it’s like having children, and having to raise them and bring them out into the world, and once they get into the world they’re on their own. So, it’s very exciting. I mean, you never get too used to it, ever. It’s an incredible process. But you leave it in the hands of God, like you do when you’re having a child.


"Consciousness expresses itself through creation. This world we live in is the dance of the creator. Dancers come and go in the twinkling of an eye but the dance lives on. On many an occasion when I’m dancing, I’ve felt touched by something sacred. In those moments, I’ve felt my spirit soar and become one with everything that exists. I become the stars and the moon. I become the lover and the beloved. I become the victor and the vanquished. I become the master and the slave. I become the singer and the song. I become the knower and the known. I keep on dancing and then, it is the eternal dance of creation. The creator and creation merge into one wholeness of joy. I keep on dancing and dancing…and dancing, until there is only…the dance."


"Straighten out yourself, and get your mind on track. Dust off your butt and get your self-respect back. You’ve known me long enough to know that I don’t play. Take it like you want it, but you got to keep the faith. Don’t let nobody take you down. Just keep your eyes on the prize, and get your feet back on the ground. Keep the faith, baby, yea. Because it’s just a matter of time before your confidence will win out. But till that day I said you’ve got to keep the faith."


"So keep the faith, don’t let nobody turn you ’round. You gotta know when it’s good to go to get your dreams up off the ground"

"Keep the faith, baby, yea, because it’s just a matter of time, before your confidence will win out. Believe in yourself no matter what it’s gon’ take. You can be a winner, but you got to keep the faith"


"Sometimes when you are treated unfairly, it makes you stronger and more determined."


"Now there’s a lesson to learn, stories are twisted and turned. Stop maliciously attacking my integrity. I need my Privacy."


"Don’t you ever make no mistake, Baby I’ve got what it takes. And there’s no way you’ll ever get to me. Why can’t you see that you’ll never ever hurt me. ‘Cause I won’t let it be, see I’m too much for you baby."


"Now you can’t stop me even though you think, that if you block me, you’ve done your thing. And when you bury me underneath all your pain. I’m steady laughin’, while surfacing."


No matter what, the most powerful thing in the world is the human mind and prayer, and belief in yourself and confidence and perseverance. No matter how many times you do it, you do it again until it’s right. And always believe in yourself. And not matter who’s around you that’s being negative or thrusting negative energy at you, totally block it off. Because whatever you believe, you become…and after all that, the most important – most important: Stay humble. The humbleness that a child, like a new born baby has. Even though you become powerful or have power with people, with your talent. . .like with what Michelangelo did with sculpting, you know, underneath all that be as humble as a child, as a baby, and be as kind and as giving and loving…don’t become puffed up with pride.   


"I was born to never die. To live in bliss, to never cry. To speak the truth and never lie. To share my love without a sigh. To stretch my arms without a tie. This is my dance, this is my high. It’s not a secret can’t you see. Why can’t we all live in ecstasy…


"It’s been my dream since I was a child to somehow unite the people of the world through love and music."


"If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with."


"In our darkest hour, in my deepest despair. Will you still care? Will you be there? In my trials and my tribulations. Through our doubts and frustrations. In my violence, in my turbulence. Through my fear, and my confessions. In my anguish and my pain. Through my joy and my sorrow. In the promise of another tomorrow. I’ll never let you part. For you’re always in my heart."

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