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They Don't Care About Us Lyrics

[Intro]
All I want to say is that they don’t really care about us
Don’t worry what people say, we know the truth
All I want to say is that they don’t really care about us
Enough is enough of this garbage
All I want to say is that they don’t really care about us
(Overlapping voices)

[Verse 1]
Skin head, dead head
Everybody gone bad

Situation, aggravation
Everybody, allegation

In the suit, on the news
Everybody, dog food

Bang bang, shot dead
Everybody’s gone mad


[Hook]
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us


[Verse 2]
Beat me, hate me
You can never break me
Will me, thrill me
You can never kill me

Shoot me, sue me
Everybody do me

Kick me, kick me
Don’t you black or white me

[Hook]
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us


[Bridge 1]
Tell me, what has become of my life?
I have a wife and two children who love me
I am the victim of police brutality, now
I’m tired of being the victim of hate
You’re ripping me of my pride, oh, for God’s sake
I look to heaven to fulfill its prophecy, set me free

[Verse 3]
Skin head, dead head
Everybody’s gone bad
Trepidation, speculation
Everybody, allegation
In the suit, on the news
Everybody, dog food
Black male, blackmail
Throw the brother in jail

[Hook]
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us


[Bridge 2]
Tell me, what has become of my rights?
Am I invisible 'cause you ignore me?
Your proclamation promised me free liberty, now

I’m tired of being the victim of shame
They’re throwing me in a class with a bad name
I can’t believe this is the land from which I came
You know, I really do hate to say it
The government don’t wanna see

But if Roosevelt was livin'
He wouldn’t let this be, no, no


[Verse 4]
Skin head, dead head
Everybody’s gone bad
Situation, speculation
Everybody, litigation
Beat me, bash me
You can never trash me
Hit me, kick me
You can never get me

[Hook]
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us


[Verse 5]
Some things in life
They just don’t wanna see

But if Martin Luther was livin’
He wouldn’t let this be


Skin head, dead head
Everybody’s gone bad

Situation, segregation
Everybody, allegation
In the suit, on the news
Everybody, dog food
Kick me, kick me
Don’t you wrong or right me

[Hook]
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us

All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about

All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us

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About “They Don't Care About Us”

The 4th single off Jackson’s album HIStory , this is one of Michael’s most controversial songs of all time, and was accused of being anti-Semitic. The song is a plea against racism and a call for powerful people to stop ignoring human rights. However, some interpreted these lyrics to have the absolute opposite meaning of Jackson’s intent.

Fun fact: This song had two music videos. One was set in Brazil, and the other in a prison.