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Little Susie??

Okayy. I'm sure you've all heard the song "Little susie" on the HIStory album. I was wondering who exactly was Michael talking about? I heard the song was about the girl in the book/movie "The lovely bones" but I wasn't sure. Thanks for your help!
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P.S. here's the link to the song, just in case:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S69ED28a84I

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I wonder...if this song is based on a true story, then what if little susie's spirit is still wandering where she died. I dont know if you believe in hauntings but i want to find out more about this girl. Can someone tell me her full name?

@XincognitoX - ahhh, I see, thanks for that bit of info!

@beckalee87 - I agree with you completely.. The classical chorus at the beginning of "Little Susie" is definitely the Durufle Requiem--not the Faure Requiem. According to wikipedia,"In the full score, the fifth movement, "Pie Jesu," has the only solo for the mezzo-soprano . . . . Duruflé left indications in the score that, for the baritone soloist at least, it was preferable to have the choir sing the solos instead." Even though the composer's notations may have pertained only to the baritone solo, it seems that some choral arrangers have applied this principle to the "Pie Jesu" solo, making it a fully orchestrated choral piece as well. (All female voices sing the soloist's melodic line. Maybe it is not always easy to find a competent soloist, especially for non-professional performances.) For "Little Susie," Michael used a choral arrangement for the female voices of the chorus as has been done by others.

Here is a choral performance of "Pie Jesu" from the Durufle Requiem, identical to the arrangement used by Michael for "Little Susie".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBEerNrn6gg&feature=related

angel-watcher

I must have missed reading this thread........will read it all later.......thank you.

Hey, I just came upon this and wanted to point out - the version of "Pie Jesu" that Michael used in the song is NOT from Faure's Requiem. "Pie Jesu" is a motet, the lyrics are used by several composers; Faure's just happens to be the most famous version. The one Michael used in "Little Susie" is actually by Maurice Durufle, who was commissioned to write it in 1947.

However, it is written as a solo for mezzo-soprano and so the choral arrangement in "Little Susie" is new... I don't know who arranged it, though.

Here it is, if you would like to compare:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJpGXNqxZRw

Just a technical point: Michael wrote about two thirds of "Little Susie". The orchestral/choral introduction was composed by French composer Gabriel Faure. It is from Faure's Requiem in D Minor, Opus 48 composed between 1887-1890. Michael selected the "Pie Jesu" soprano aria from this Roman Catholic Mass For The Dead to introduce his melancholy waltz "Little Susie"... (in 3/4 time signature - quite rare for a "pop" song) ...

There is the brief section (rather creepy) of the girl singing Michael's childlike waltz while playing with a musical toy which echoes the same melody...

At the three minute mark, Michael's waltz and tale of the abused and murdered girl begins....

"Somebody killed Little Suzie
The girl with the tune
Who sings in the daytime at noon
She was there screaming
Beating her voice in her doom
But nobody came to her soon

A fall down the stairs
Her dress torn
Oh, the blood in her hair
A mystery so sullen in air
She lie there so tenderly
Fashioned so slenderly
Lift her with care,
Oh, the blood in her hair

Everyone came to see
The girl that now is dead
So blind stare the eyes in her head
And suddenly a voice from the crowd said
This girl lived in vain
Her face bear such agony, such strain
But only the man from next door
Knew Little Susie and how he cried
As he reached down
To close Susie's eyes
She lie there so tenderly
Fashioned so slenderly
Lift her with care
Oh, the blood in her hair

It was all for God's sake
For her singing the tune
For someone to feel her dispair
To be damned to know hoping is dead
And you're doomed
Then to scream out
And nobody's there

She knew no one cared

Father left home
Poor mother died
Leaving Susie alone
Grandfather's soul too had flown
No one to care
Just to love her
How much can one bear
Neglecting the needs in her prayers

Neglection can kill
Like a knife in your soul
Oh, it will
Little Susie fought so hard to live
She lie there so tenderly
Fashioned so slenderly
Lift her with care
So young and so fair"

And so ends, Michael's dark song after 6 minutes and 14 seconds... The construction of the song is quite unusual, but keep in mind, Michael was in tune with the nightmarish side of life - quite a few of his songs deal with the dark side of life, so "Little Susie" is not an unusual composition for him.

When I heard "Little Susie" for the first time I thought he was alluding to the darkness and abuse of his own childhood - Susie was merely a character he created to express the nightmares he suffered as a child....

Michael said one time in an interview that his song was about a girl named Angela Carter. She was the girl Martina McBride was talking about in Concrete Angel. He said the video touched his heart. Concrete Angel is a country song about a little abused girl.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1zbYXrwBrk
Hope that helps.

Michael's version best film clip its haunting and gets to the point you cannot help but be affected. Notice after the choral refrain the winding of a music box also sounds like the cocking of a gun. Genius metaphore.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttV9A0umEaQ

I think that you should just not make an account at all till you're 16 or17, I'm not trying to be mean but if you're parents told you that you can't have an account then you should listen to them. anyways.
I am fourteen and I'm going into hugh school next year, so is my boyfriend.

little susie was written about a girl who got murdered in the 70's its just a coincidence that the girl in the movie got killed in the 70's too

whoa thats a terrible story .. im sure it could mean more then just the story like cslovinu said idk

Little Susie is a little girl who is killed that song make me cry sad sad .

@Kingofpop the story even is worst that I thought wow scary and gave me chills

Why do you think Michael wrote this song? I am wondering if it he wanted to speak out about the abuse of children in general or do you think he wanted to deplore the lost childhood in each of us or what? Was it about his own childhood? Was it about the trajedy in life in general and he picked the worst possible scenario to make his point? Or was i tjust supposed to be a scary story? He did say that most of his songs are not autobiographical and that fans should not assume they all are.

Whe I first started to listen to this song I could not continue.I don't know how a young mother could lisen to it. Isn't it evne in one of his albums? It makes such a stong statement, but I am not sure what the statement is

Thanks for bringing this up again. I am continually wondering about why Michael wrote this song.

its about a little girl that get killed by a robber. the robber sneaks in and steal thing from the house. he pushed the little girl down the stairs. her father left her. her mother was mentally ill and her grandfather had drinking problems. and her sister was hit by a car.only the neighbor cared about her. when they burned her to ashes they gave the ashes to her grandfather. her grandfather threw away the ashes in a river or a mountain dont remember which one. to this day people say if you go to the death scene or the place her ashes were thorwn away and say susie you can hear her screaming.
SCARY STORY

I found this on a Dutch website, but I don't know if it's true :

The story behind ‘Little Susie’
This is the story : in 1972 a little girl was murdered. Her father left her with her mother and older sister. The mother was a drug addict and died of an overdose. The sister took very good care of Susie but was killed in a traffic accident.

Susie then had to live with her grandfather, who was a drunk and she was raped on a daily basis, until he left her too. As she was all alone, a thief came in the house and threw her off the stairs. That's how she died.

IS a sad song

Ingridje, I recall vaguely their being a thread with that same subject matter to explain this song, but I can't find it!

I thought it was about a little girl that was abused and killed in 1972. It's a very sad story.

Honestly, I'd like to know too! Puzzled

It's a moving song, but I'm sorry I don't know who its about.