Michael JACKSON’s “Slave To The Rhythm”; The REAL Story Of Many WOMEN In Africa

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♪Music♪, depending on the content of lyrics, informs, educates and teaches. Its a vessel of unavoidable tunes which can be used to tell stories that would have been ignored by people, all because they prejudged the essence of a story, sticking their hands in their ears singing “la la la“. Xscape is the king of pop’s album released posthumously with a modification of some of the many songs that could not make it into the tracklists of his released albums while alive. The 5th Track on the album is titled “Slave to the Rhythm“.

Within this lies a story that tells a story of an abused woman, who in spite of her suffering still caters for her home. She is faced with the joy of the kitchen and dances to the tune of slavery. Someway, somehow, she is now so used to the misery that that becomes a normality. That’s sad and that happens to be the reality I have seen in Africa. A woman in marriage usually finds herself in a situation of hurt, abuse, and pain but sticks to it because society has prescribed her value in being with a man. It’s true, marriage is a good thing, but it should be better to be happy outside the confines of it than to find your untimely death in it. We seem to miss the point. It is really “♥Love In RECIPROCITY♥”, that is what marriage is about. You will never know your worth until you swim in new waters, this is my advice to many women who find themselves in the situational lyric below.

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Michael Jackson, Slave to the Rhythm LYRICS

Verse 1
She dances in these sheets at nights
She dances to his needs
She dances ’til he feels just right
Until he falls asleep

She dances at the crack of dawn
And quickly cooks his food
She can’t be late, can’t take too long
The kids must get to school

Chorus (×2)
She’s a slave to the rhythm
She’s a slave to the rhythm of
She’s a slave to the rhythm
A slave to the rhythm of
The rhythm of love, the rhythm of love

Verse 2
She dances for the man at work
Who works her overtime
She can’t be rude as she says
“Sir, I must be home tonight”

She dances to the kitchen stove
Dinner is served by nine
He says his food’s an hour late
She must be outta her mind

Chorus (×2)
She’s a slave to the rhythm
She’s a slave to the rhythm of
She’s a slave to the rhythm
A slave to the rhythm of
The rhythm of love, the rhythm of love

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Bridge
She works so hard, just to make her way
For a man who just don’t appreciate
And though he takes her love in vain
Still she could not stop, couldn’t break his chains

She danced the night that they fell out
She swore she’d dance no more
But then she did, he did not quit as she ran out the door
She danced through the night in fear of her life
She danced to a beat of her own
She let out a cry and swallowed her pride
She knew she was needed back home, home

Chorus (×2)
She’s a slave to the rhythm
She’s a slave to the rhythm of
She’s a slave to the rhythm
A slave to the rhythm of
The rhythm of love, the rhythm of love

Songwriters: Antonio REID, Kenneth BABYFACE Edmonds, Roberson KEVIN and Daryl SIMMONS.

Achaab Daniel Abalansa
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