"On the contrary to what Albert is saying about the "Stranger in Moscow" it has meaning, and a deep one at that. One that one should know about lyrics and poetry is that it should be able to have more than one meaning, a metaphoric and symbolic meaning that makes the words more elegant and beautiful. Those are some of the aspects to great poetry, and that is the main element in the song. If it seems to not make sense to oneself, than you have not really listened to the song because it speaks of much more than just the literal words.This is one of my favorite songs because of the wonderful organization of his words, and the beauty behind it all. He sang about a type of lonliness that he feels in being in all of this chaotic society of fame and recognition. He even says "Here abandoned in my fame" which tells us that he can't derive the happiness that he once felt. He even says "Happy days will drown in pain," depicting a picture that says that he can't find a way out of this lonliness and abandonment that he once felt, and all that he sees now is the pain of life. He talks about how the media is belittle the person that he really is and trying to distort his image into someone that he would never become. This message was clear in HIStory as well as this song. He sings, "Swift and sudden fall from grace, sunny days are far away," I'm sure you understand the magnitude of the situations that surrounded him when this song came out. Because once there was a moment where he was on top of the world and was so well known for his music and his genius, but then out of no where he gets false accusations and then is de-humanized by the government/police that is supposed to protect him, the tabloids that try to exploit him, and then worse of all, some of his public that was supposed to support him, and they are the ones that meant the most to him. In one fair swoop, everything was taken away from him, and these words convey all of his emotions so well.The tone of this song is essentially a sad one, and of desperation of happiness, but then in the end it becomes intangible. The beginning of the song starts with the soothing sounds of rain fall, then a soft and smooth tempo brings out the song, and then Michael's voice is extraordinarly passionate about what he is saying because of all the emotion that stirs within him.The song itself is entitled "Stranger in Moscow" and what he is essentially trying to say is that he feels like a person dropped in an unknown place without any way to contact anyone else, and he feels lonely because he doesn't know who to turn to or where to turn to. Like if you were in a strange country where you knew nothing about them and they knew nothing about you. You would obviously feel alone and long for your old life again. And that's what he feels.This song is one of the most amazing songs I have ever heard from Michael. I can't even begin to imagine the lonliness and abandonment, but through this song, you feel the immense pain and the excellent reciting of emotions through poetic and majestic words."
Stranger in Moscow
Rochelle Dimaggio | Alpine, California | 11/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the most soulful songs he has ever sung. and its
depth and beauty are beyond words."
Stranger in Moscow
Alain Desrosiers | 08/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Great balad and melody in all aspects with of course the always very good vocal performance of Michael Jackson. I definetly recommend this song to all of you. Fabien"
"This single is above average, but still isn't godlike. The remixes are wonderful, but they are the radio edits and cut-down versions, and that's a shame. It's too bad they didn't included the extended versions on here.But if you are a fan, still pick it up. It'll suprise you."