Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'

Michael Jackson

credits


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Michael Jackson
album: Track 1 in album Thriller
release date: 1982-12-1
popularity : 73 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

Album Information

label: Epic
country(area): United States
format: 12" Vinyl
barcode: 074643811217
script: Latin

Cover Art

Michael Jackson Thriller cover art

Lyrics

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I said you wanna be startin' somethin'
I said you wanna be startin' somethin'
It's too high to get over (yeah, yeah)
You're stuck in the middle (yeah, yeah)
It's too high to get over (yeah, yeah)
You're stuck in the middle (yeah, yeah)

With a fever, but nothing he found
They said she had a breakdown
Talkin', squealin', lyin'

You got to be startin' somethin'
You got to be startin' somethin'
Too low to get under (yeah, yeah)
And the pain is thunder (yeah, yeah)
Too low to get under (yeah, yeah)
And the pain is thunder (yeah, yeah)
You love to pretend that you're good
You really can't make him hate her
Someone's always tryin' to keep my baby cryin'
You got my baby cryin'
I said you wanna be startin' somethin'
I said you wanna be startin' somethin'
It's too high to get over (yeah, yeah)
You're stuck in the middle (yeah, yeah)
It's too high to get over (yeah, yeah)
You're stuck in the middle (yeah, yeah)
You're a vegetable, you're a vegetable
You're just a buffet, you're a vegetable

When nobody else is talkin'
So they called her mouth a motor
Talkin', squealin', spyin'

You got to be startin' somethin'
You got to be startin' somethin'
Too low to get under (yeah, yeah)
And the pain is thunder (yeah, yeah)
Too low to get under (yeah, yeah)
And the pain is thunder (yeah, yeah)
Still they hate you, you're a vegetable
They eat off of you, you're a vegetable
If you cant feed your baby (yeah, yeah)
And don't think maybe (yeah, yeah)
You'll be always tryin'
Hustlin', stealin', lyin'

You got to be startin' somethin'
You got to be startin' somethin'
Too low to get under (yeah, yeah)
And the pain is thunder (yeah, yeah)
Too low to get under (yeah, yeah)
And the pain is thunder (yeah, yeah)
Lift your head up high
I know I am someone
No one can hurt you now
Yes, I believe in me
Help me sing it, ma ma se
Ma ma se, ma ma sa

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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