Thriller
Michael Jackson Lyrics


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It's close to midnight
Something evil's lurking in the dark
Under the moonlight
You see a sight that almost stops your heart
You try to scream
But terror takes the sound before you make it
You start to freeze
As horror looks you right between your eyes
You're paralyzed

'Cause this is thriller
Thriller night
And no one's gonna save you
From the beast about to strike
You know it's thriller
Thriller night
You're fighting for your life
Inside a killer
Thriller tonight

I'm gonna thrill you tonight

You hear the door slam
And realize there's nowhere left to run
You feel the cold hand
And wonder if you'll ever see the sun
You close your eyes
And hope that this is just imagination
Girl, but all the while
You hear a creature creeping up behind
You're out of time

'Cause this is thriller
Thriller night
And no one's gonna save you
From the beast about to strike
You know it's thriller
Thriller night
You're fighting for your life
Inside a killer
Thriller tonight

I'm gonna thrill you tonight

Killer, thriller

Darkness falls across the land
The midnight hour is close at hand
Creatures crawl in search of blood
To terrorize y'all's neighborhood
And whosoever shall be found
Without the soul for getting down
Must stand and face the hounds of hell
And rot inside a corpse's shell

I'm gonna thrill you tonight
I'm gonna thrill you tonight, ooh baby
I'm gonna thrill you tonight
'Cause this is thriller
'Cause this is thriller
'Cause this is thriller
'Cause this is thriller
Killer, thriller
I'm gonna thrill you tonight
I'm gonna thrill you tonight
I'm gonna thrill you tonight
I'm gonna thrill you tonight





'Cause this is thriller

Overall Meaning

The song 'Thriller' is an iconic track by Michael Jackson from his 1982 album of the same name. The song, written by Rod Temperton, describes a horrifying encounter with terror, fear and death. The song starts ominously with "It's close to midnight, something evil's lurking in the dark, under the moonlight", and then progresses to describe the sense of dread, terror and the fight for survival, with the lines "You're fighting for your life inside a killer, thriller tonight."


The chorus sets the tone for the song, with the repeated lines "Cause this is thriller, thriller night, And no one's gonna save you from the beast about to strike". The lyrics evoke a sense of horror, as the storyteller describes a scene of supernatural horror, filled with zombies that dance and demons that crawl in search of blood. The song is a classic of the horror genre and has continued to thrill and scare generations of audiences.


Line by Line Meaning

It's close to midnight
The time of day is late, indicating a sense of danger and heightened tension.


Something evil's lurking in the dark
There is a malevolent presence that is hiding and waiting to strike.


Under the moonlight
The setting adds to the eerie and ominous atmosphere.


You see a sight that almost stops your heart
The sight is so frightening that it almost causes physical distress.


You try to scream
The natural reaction is to yell out in fear.


But terror takes the sound before you make it
Such intense fear grips you that you are unable to make a sound.


You start to freeze
The situation causes you to become motionless and unable to act.


As horror looks you right between your eyes
The fear is so intense that it seems to be staring at you directly.


You're paralyzed
The fear has rendered you unable to move or act in any way.


'Cause this is thriller Thriller night
The fear and danger intensify as the chorus kicks in, signaling a thrill ride that lasts all night.


And no one's gonna save you From the beast about to strike
There is no help to be found, as the danger is imminent and coming for you.


You know it's thriller Thriller night
The sense of danger and fear continues to build as the chorus repeats and emphasizes the perilous situation.


You're fighting for your life Inside a killer Thriller tonight
Your survival is on the line in the face of an unstoppable force that threatens your very existence.


You hear the door slam
The situation has escalated, and the danger is now in close proximity.


And realize there's nowhere left to run
All options for escape have been exhausted, leaving you trapped and helpless.


You feel the cold hand
The sense of danger is heightened as a physical sensation is felt from the evil presence.


And wonder if you'll ever see the sun
The fear is so great that you fear you may never be free from it.


You close your eyes
The overwhelming fear can be so intense that you can't bear to face it anymore and retreat from the situation mentally.


And hope that this is just imagination
The fear is so extreme that you cling to the hope that it is just a figment of your imagination and not real.


Girl, but all the while You hear a creature creeping up behind
Despite your hope, the danger is real and approaching, creating an overwhelming sense of dread.


You're out of time
The situation has reached critical mass, and there are no options left, no time to waste.


Darkness falls across the land
The darkness is descending, and with it brings a sense of doom.


The midnight hour is close at hand
The time is running out, and the danger is palpable with the approaching midnight hour.


Creatures crawl in search of blood
The creatures in this world crave the essence of life and the destruction of those who inhibit it.


To terrorize y'all's neighborhood
The creatures seek chaos and terror, and there is no refuge from their destruction.


And whosoever shall be found Without the soul for getting down
Those who cannot handle the thrill ride or find the courage to face the danger will be consumed by it.


Must stand and face the hounds of hell And rot inside a corpse's shell
Those who cannot fight back against the danger will be swallowed up by it, and their final fate sealed.


'Cause this is thriller
The chorus repeats, emphasizing the themes of suspense, danger, and terror throughout the song.




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Rodney Lynn Temperton

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@janicehill7134

I’ve always been in awe with this dance and music video … !!!

It’s the best dance I’ve ever seen in my life time ..!!!
It’s just wow 🤩 and phenomenal…!!

I even bought the vhs music video of thriller when it came out !!!

Jaw dropping dance !!!!

I had no idea …
Now I do …!!!!

I do remember… omg !!!!
Amazing !!!



All comments from YouTube:

@Local-Art-Kid

When we were kids: Scariest thing we ever saw
Now: A masterpiece

@whatsyour_motive

Dead ass.i was so scared.still am in a way

@leilanihosea7795

True tho I was terrified as a kid watching esp on the zombie part😅

@petergant8767

It was a masterpiece then!

@BridgeBoii

Faccs crazy how everything changed

@beautifulbutterfly6669

Ikrrr I remember it being a literal nightmare now its 👩‍🍳 🤌💋

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@chicken

It's February 2024, let's see how many legends are listening to this incredible Michael Jackson song😌

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I DO

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I DO

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