Michael JACKSON’s “Do You Know Where Your Children Are?”; A Story Of Irresponsible PARENTHOOD

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♪Music♪, depending on sound content and lyrics, informs and educates. It’s a vessel of tunes which can be used to tell stories that would have been ignored by people. Such is possible because people are predisposed to prejudge the essence of a story before details, sticking their hands in their ears singing Sam’s “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 studio albums released while alive.

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The 6th Track on the album is titled “Do You Know Where Your Children Are?“. It speaks on the varying cases of a parent’s irresponsibility to shield the vulnerability of a child. Michael’s CHILDHOOD, which cannot be overly emphasized probably gave him the unique empathy to understand the plight of kids on the streets. The lyric below gives an account on what happens in our own homes. It brings our dirty privacy of abusing children into the light of the world, to at least, abate this form of abuse to a certain degree. The most highlighted form of abuse postulated in this song is suffered by a girl. In there, a child is abused sexually because she has to live under support of a step parent or face the hard life out there which might push her into the trap of doing ANYTHING against thy moral will [including galamsey, prostitution, Armed robbery etc. Giving less attention and not taking great care of a child is an abuse to the child because that child is usually not matured to handle their own biz.

Michael Jackson, Do You Know Where Your Children Are LYRICS

Verse 1
Father comes home from work, and he’s scared to death
Mother cries for the kid, and the note she read
Father runs to the table, he says “What’s going on?”
Mother cries desperately, “Our little baby’s gone!”

Chorus (×2)
Do you know where your children are?
Because it’s now twelve o’clock
If they’re somewhere out on the street
Just imagine how scared they are

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Verse 2
She wrote that she is tired of step daddy using her
Saying that he’ll buy her things, while sexually abusing her
Just think that she’s all alone somewhere out on the street
How will this girl survive?
She ain’t got nothing to eat!

Chorus
Do you know where your children are?
Because it’s now twelve o’clock
If they’re somewhere out on the street
Just imagine how scared they are
Do you know where your children are?
Because it’s now twelve o’clock
If they’re somewhere out on the street
Just imagine how scared they are

Save me (from this living hell)
Save me (cause I don’t wanna know)
Save me

Verse 3
Now she’s on the move, she’s off to Hollywood
She says she wanna be a star, she heard the money’s good
She gets off from the train station, the man is waiting there
“I’ll show you where the money is, girl just let down your hair”
He’s taking her on the streets, of Sunset Boulevard
She’s selling her body hard, girl that will take you far
The police come ’round the corner, somebody there they told
He’s arresting this little girl, that’s only twelve years old!

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Chorus (×6)
Do you know where your children are?
Because it’s now twelve o’clock
If they’re somewhere out on the street
Just imagine how scared they are

Songwriter: Michael JOSEPH Jackson

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