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Stranger in Moscow

Strange In Moscow became Michael Jackson's most critically acclaimed single yet

 After hearing Michael's blistering protests, we come to a more calmer sadistic Balled. Whom Bruce Sweden refers as the "best song he had ever put together". The blending of the guitars along with the ethereal minor-key tapestry gives a very vivid perception of "a swift and sudden fall from grace". A well-rounded feeling Michael Jackson has got the Blues.

 Imagine one night the whole world in awe of your achievements. Then the next night, they call you a pervert who deserves to rot in hell! That's exactly what happened one night in August 1993!

 Suddenly his pride was snatched away. No longer did people at large consider him on top of the world. Armageddon had set up quadrants in Michael's brain. Depression had nearly sapped him clean.

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 Many are baffled on his choice of words. "Kremlin"s shadow belittlein' me." Stalin's tomb won't let me be." and "KGB was doggin' me." "Take my name and just let me be". The Soviet Union fell in 1991 so just what was he talking about?

 Add to the confusion a Russian speaking at songs end. In English, this is what he said. "Why did you come to us, you, o man from the West? Tell the truth! He came to steal the great achievements of the people, the great accomplishments of the workers". Again, what's this have to do with being lonely? Is there a secret message here?

 A fellow fan has revealed it might have some similarities after all. Like the Soviet Union, his career once unreachable has now suffered a severe blow. But I still don't get why Michael alluded to the dictator Stalin? Maybe it's hyperbole. After all, music is a form of poetry.

 Personally, how do you interpret those lyrics? There's no right or wrong answer. Just wondering what your perspective is.

The Mixes

1. Album Version - 5:37
2. Hani's Extended Chilli Hop Mix - 6:05
3. Hani's Num Radio Mix - 10:19
4. Basement Boys' Radio Mix - 4:05
5. Spensane Vocal Mix - 4:47
6. 12" Dance Club Mix - 8:18
7. Charles Roane's Full R&B Mix - 4:30
8. Tee's In-House Club Mix - 6:54
9. Tee's Light AC Mix - 4:07
10. Tee's Freeze Radio Mix - 3:36
11. Acappella

Stranger In Moscow-The Short Film

 Take a peak into the window of Jackson's soul. As he reveals loneliness at heart. Everything's in slow motion. Exactly how he feels life has been.

 Like those 5 strangers in Moscow, Michael is dangerously lonely. Without anybody to talk to.

 I agree Michael's had it tough. But what about all the cherished moments. Like mist obscuring the starry skies, is sadness to the shiny moments.




Lyrics

I was wandering in the rain
Mask of life, feelin insane
Swift and sudden fall from grace
Sunny days seem far away
Kremlin's shadow belittlin' me
Stalin's tomb wont let me be
On and on and on it came
Wish the rain would just let me

How does it feel (how does it feel)
How does it feel
How does it feel
When you're alone
And you're cold inside

Here abandoned in my fame
Armageddon of the brain
KGB was doggin me
Take my name and just let me be
Then a beggar boy called my name
Happy days will drown the pain
On and on and on it came
And again, and again, and again...
Take my name and just let me be

How does it feel (how does it feel)
How does it feel
How does it feel
How does it feel
How does it feel (how does it feel now)
How does it feel
How does it feel
When you're alone
And you're cold inside

How does it feel (how does it feel)
How does it feel
How does it feel
How does it feel
How does it feel (how does it feel now)
How does it feel
How does it feel
When you're alone
And you're cold inside

Like stranger in Moscow
Like stranger in Moscow
Were talkin danger
Were talkin danger, baby
Like stranger in Moscow
Were talkin danger
Were talkin danger, baby
Like stranger in Moscow
I'm livin lonely
I'm livin lonely, baby
Stranger in Moscow

(KGB interrogator-Russian to English translation)
Why have you come from the west?
Confess! To steal the great achievements of
The people, the accomplishments of the workers...

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