They Don’t Care about Us

by Michael Jackson

Skinhead
Deadhead
Everybody
Gone bad
Situation
Aggravation
Everybody
Allegation
In the suite
On the news
Everybody
Dog food
Bang bang
Shock dead
Everybody’s
Gone mad

All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna 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
Jew me
Sue me
Everybody
Do me
Kick me
Kike me
Don’t you
Black or white me

All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna 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’m a victim of police brutality, now
I’m tired of being the victim of hate
Your raping me of my pride
Oh, for God’s sake
I look to heaven to fulfill its prophecy…
Set me free

Skinhead
Deadhead
Everybody
Gone bad
Trepidation
Speculation
Everybody
Allegation
In the suite
On the news
Everybody
Dog food
Black man
Black mail
Throw the brother
In jail

All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
Tell me what has become of my rights
Am I invisible ’cause you ignore me?
Your proclamation promised me free liberty, now
I’m tired of being 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 really do hate to say it
The government don’t wanna see
But if Roosevelt was living
he wouldn’t let this be, no no

Skinhead
Deadhead
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 wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
Some things in life they just don’t wanna see
But if Martin Luther was living
He wouldn’t let this be

Skinhead
Deadhead
Everybody’s
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 wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us

  1. can any one understand what he says in the end , referring to the part after “we are breathing fire?)………. i am here to remind you”, after that he says something like dont you (fashasa……? ) baby?

    • Hi kittuandme. I’ve wondered about that line also. Here’s an a capella version of “They Don’t Care about Us” – it sounds kind of weird with the instrumentation stripped out, but it lets you hear the words more clearly:

      The part you’re talking about starts around 3:15 in this link, and it kind of sounds like he’s singing, “Don’t you sit back and watch that, baby.” When I listen to this song on my car stereo, I always think he’s singing something about “responsibility” – that that’s the last word of this line – but listening to the a capella version, that doesn’t seem right.

      Oh, and instead of singing, “We’re breathing fire,” I think he’s singing “We’re deep in the fire.” He sings in twice, starting around 3:00 in.

      Anyway, give a listen to the a capella version and see what you think.

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