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Spezial Auftritte

Sehen wir von Auftritten in den 70er und Anfang der 80er Jahre ab, so sang Michael Jackson an zwei Konzerten exklusive Songs. Die beiden Titel schrieb er extra für diese Konzerte - und sang sie danach nie wieder. Keiner wurde je auf einen Tonträger gepresst.

You Where There 1989

Im November 1989 wurde Sammy Davis Jr. 60. Geburtstag mit einem grossen Konzert und TV Spezial gefeiert. Natürlich liess es sich Michael Jackson nicht nehmen, seinem grossen Vorbild ein ganz besonderes Geschenk zu machen: Er schrieb einen Text, in dem er ihm hochachtungsvoll dankte und für seine eigenen Erfolge mitverantwortlich machte.
Davis Jr. war einer der ersten afroamerikanischen Künstler, der sich in der von Weissen beherrschten Musikindustrie beachtlich durchsetzen konnte.

 

You Were There
written and composed by Michael Jackson, Buz Kohan


You were there, before we came.
You took the hurt, you took the shame.
They built the walls to block your way.
You beat them down.
You won the day.
It wasn't right, it wasn't fair.
You taught them all.
You made them care.
Yes, you were there, and thanks to you
There's now a door we all walk through.
And we are here, for all to see --
To be the best that we can be.
Yes, I am here....
Because you were there.

 “Elizabeth, I Love You” 1997

Mit Elizabeth Taylor verbindet Michael Jackson seit langem eine enge Freundschaft. Einander näher gebracht, hat sich wohl vor allem der Umstand, dass beide als Kinderstars aufgewachsen sind. Für ihre 65. Geburtstagsfeier im Februar 1997 machte ihr Michael Jackson sein grösstes Geschenk: Eine Liebeserklärung der besonderen Art.
 

 

Elizabeth, I Love You
written and composed by Michael Jackson


Welcome to Hollywood
That's what they told you
A child star in Hollywood
That's what they sold you
Grace with beauty, charme and talent
You would do what you were told
But they robbed you of your childhood
Took your youth and sold it for gold

Elizabeth, I love you
You're every star that shines in the world to me
Elizabeth can't you see that it's true
Elizabeth, I love you
You're more than just a star to me

Lovely Elizabeth
You have surpassed them all
My friend Elizabeth
Learned to outlast them all
Many started back when you did
Lost their way and now they're gone
But look at you, a true survivor
Full of life and carrying on

Elizabeth, I love you
You're every star that shines in the world to me
Elizabeth can't you see that it's true
Elizabeth, I love you
You're more than just a star

This is your life
You seem to have it all
You reached your peak
They wanted you to fall
It's very sad, this world can be so bad
But through all the heartaches
When they put you down
You know you were the victor
And you earned the crown
It's like walking through fire
Determinded to win
You were beating life's battles
Again and again

Elizabeth, I love you
You're every star that shines in the world to me
Elizabeth can't you see that it's true

Remember the time I was alone
You stood by my side and said:
"Let's be strong"
You did all these things
That only a true friend can do

Elizabeth, I love you
The world knows your work now
Of all the things on Earth now
I pray one day I'll be just like... you.


 

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