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Learn English with… Michael Jackson

I don’t know about you but I have been a Michael Jackson fan for over 20 years. I still remember when I first saw Black Or White on TV, it was jaw-dropping. That video clip was a piece of art. It must have been 1992 because I know for sure Michael stole my heart when I was 13.

I was fascinated by his love for all cultures and colours, zealously following every word he uttered about world peace. He was my hero and my role model, I was mesmerized by his angelic voice and fascinating dance style.

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I badly wanted to understand what he was singing about but back then there was no internet. So I took a pen and paper and started writing down what I heard and what I thought he was singing.

I once went so far as to translate “Heal The World” into rhyming Czech, copied it on a nice sheet of paper, put a ribbon around it and gave it as a Christmas present to my London friends as a thank you for helping me with my English. I used to spend almost every summer in their London house. Last week they came for their regular yearly visit of Brno and we talked a lot about those days. They haven’t changed a bit, Pam and Dave ♥ I love them so much…
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Pam, me, Dave – Brno, July 2013

During my stays in London I even became a member of the official UK Michael Jakcson Fanclub and I was so proud of it. I was a diehard fan.

Michael was a huge part of my childhood. I will never forget how I was glued to our tv when they had the concert from Bucharest on.

Suggested steps to work with the songs:
  1. Watch the video clip, relax and enjoy it.
  2. Watch the video clip again, paying attention only to the words.
  3. Play it again and read the lyrics while listening. Why not sing along now?

Music and Me – one of my all-time favourites from his Jackson 5 days; we’ve been together for such a long time now, Michael and me :)

We’ve been together for such a long time now Music, music and me Don’t care whether all our songs rhyme Now music, music and me

Only know wherever I go We’re as close as two friends can be There have been others But never two lovers Like music, music and me Grab a song and come along You can sing your melody In your mind you will find A world of sweet harmony Birds of a feather will fly together Now music, music and me Music and me

Man In The Mirror – if I could take just one song on a desert island with me, it would be this one

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 Favorite 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 Heal The World – every time my parents would fight, I sat in my room, cried and listened to this song over and over and over; I still know every word by ♥ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWf-eARnf6U There’s a place in your heart And I know that it is love And this place could be much Brighter than tomorrow And if you really try You’ll find there’s no need to cry In this place you’ll feel There’s no hurt or sorrow There are ways to get there If you care enough for the living Make a little space Make a better place Heal the world Make it a better place For you and for me And the entire human race There are people dying If you care enough for the living Make it a better place For you and for me If you want to know why There’s love that cannot lie Love is strong It only cares of joyful giving If we try we shall see In this bliss we cannot feel Fear of dread We stop existing and start living The it feels that always Love’s enough for us growing So make a better world Make a better place Heal the world Make it a better place For you and for me And the entire human race There are people dying If you care enough for the living Make a better place for you and for me And the dream we were conceived in Will reveal a joyful face And the world we once believed in Will shine again in grace Then why do we keep strangling life Wound this earth, crucify its soul Though it’s plain to see This world is heavenly Be god’s glow We could fly so high Let our spirits never die In my heart I feel you are all my brothers Create a world with no fear Together we cry happy tears See the nations turn their swords into plowshares I miss him, you know. Still can’t believe he’s gone. And how about you? Nina

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