Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' Lyrics

Michael Jackson


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Michael Jackson
album: Track 1 in album Thriller
release date: 1982-12-1
popularity : 46 users have visited this page.
genres: Electronic Rock Funk / Soul Non-Music Pop
styles: Rhythm & Blues/Pop Rock/Soul/Interview/Promotional
length: 6:04
producer: Quincy Jones
performer: Nelson Hayes and Steven Ray
mixer: Bruce Swedien
recorded by: Bruce Swedien
guitars: David Williams
background vocals: Michael Jackson, Becky Lopez, James Ingram, Oren Waters, Julia Waters, Bunny Hull and Maxine Waters
percussion: Paulinho da Costa
co-producer: Michael Jackson
trombone: Bill Reichenbach, Jr.
synthesizer: Michael Boddicker and Bill Wolfer
trumpet & flugelhorn: Jerry Hey
flugelhorn & trumpet: Gary Grant
bass guitar: Louis Johnson
horn arranger: Jerry Hey
synthesizer & Rhodes piano: Greg Phillinganes
wind instruments arranger: Jerry Hey and Michael Jackson
flute & saxophone: Larry Williams
percussion arranger: Quincy Jones
horn arranger & percussion arranger: Michael Jackson
composer: Michael Jackson
lyricist: Michael Jackson

Cover Art

Michael Jackson Thriller cover art
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I said you wanna be startin' somethin'
You got to be startin' somethin'
I said you wanna be startin' somethin'
You got to be startin' somethin'
It's too high to get over (yeah, yeah)
Too low to get under (yeah, yeah)
You're stuck in the middle (yeah, yeah)
And the pain is thunder (yeah, yeah)
It's too high to get over (yeah, yeah)
Too low to get under (yeah, yeah)
You're stuck in the middle (yeah, yeah)
And the pain is thunder (yeah, yeah)

I took my baby to the doctor
With a fever, but nothing he found
By the time this hit the street
They said she had a breakdown
Someone's always tryin' to start my baby cryin'
Talkin', squealin', lyin'
Sayin' you just wanna be startin' somethin'

I said you wanna be startin' somethin'
You got to be startin' somethin'
I said you wanna be startin' somethin'
You got to be startin' somethin'
It's too high to get over (yeah, yeah)
Too low to get under (yeah, yeah)
You're stuck in the middle (yeah, yeah)
And the pain is thunder (yeah, yeah)
It's too high to get over (yeah, yeah)
Too low to get under (yeah, yeah)
You're stuck in the middle (yeah, yeah)
And the pain is thunder (yeah, yeah)

You love to pretend that you're good
When you're always up to no good
You really can't make him hate her
So your tongue became a razor
Someone's always tryin' to keep my baby cryin'
Treacherous, cunnin', declinin'
You got my baby cryin'

I said you wanna be startin' somethin'
You got to be startin' somethin'
I said you wanna be startin' somethin'
You got to be startin' somethin'
It's too high to get over (yeah, yeah)
Too low to get under (yeah, yeah)
You're stuck in the middle (yeah, yeah)
And the pain is thunder (yeah, yeah)
It's too high to get over (yeah, yeah)
Too low to get under (yeah, yeah)
You're stuck in the middle (yeah, yeah)
And the pain is thunder (yeah, yeah)
You're a vegetable, you're a vegetable
Still they hate you, you're a vegetable
You're just a buffet, you're a vegetable
They eat off of you, you're a vegetable

Billie jean is always talkin'
When nobody else is talkin'
Tellin' lies and rubbin' shoulders
So they called her mouth a motor
Someone's always tryin' to start my baby cryin'
Talkin', squealin', spyin'
Sayin' you just wanna be startin' somethin'

I said you wanna be startin' somethin'
You got to be startin' somethin'
I said you wanna be startin' somethin'
You got to be startin' somethin'
It's too high to get over (yeah, yeah)
Too low to get under (yeah, yeah)
You're stuck in the middle (yeah, yeah)
And the pain is thunder (yeah, yeah)
It's too high to get over (yeah, yeah)
Too low to get under (yeah, yeah)
You're stuck in the middle (yeah, yeah)
And the pain is thunder (yeah, yeah)
You're a vegetable, you're a vegetable
Still they hate you, you're a vegetable
You're just a buffet, you're a vegetable
They eat off of you, you're a vegetable

If you cant feed your baby (yeah, yeah)
Then don't have a baby (yeah, yeah)
And don't think maybe (yeah, yeah)
If you can't feed your baby (yeah, yeah)
You'll be always tryin'
To stop that child from cryin'
Hustlin', stealin', lyin'
Now baby's slowly dyin'

I said you wanna be startin' somethin'
You got to be startin' somethin'
I said you wanna be startin' somethin'
You got to be startin' somethin'
It's too high to get over (yeah, yeah)
Too low to get under (yeah, yeah)
You're stuck in the middle (yeah, yeah)
And the pain is thunder (yeah, yeah)
It's too high to get over (yeah, yeah)
Too low to get under (yeah, yeah)
You're stuck in the middle (yeah, yeah)
And the pain is thunder (yeah, yeah)

Lift your head up high
And scream out to the world
I know I am someone
And let the truth unfurl
No one can hurt you now
Because you know what's true
Yes, I believe in me
So you believe in you
Help me sing it, ma ma se
Ma ma sa, ma ma coo sa
Ma ma se, ma ma sa
Ma ma coo sa


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
  • 2 Baby Be Mine
  • 3 The Girl Is Mine
  • 4 Thriller
  • 5 Beat It
  • 6 Billie Jean
  • 7 Human Nature
  • 8 P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
  • 9 The Lady in My Life