Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’

(Michael Jackson)

Chorus
I said you wanna be startin’ somethin’
You got to be startin’ somethin’
I said you wanna be startin’ somethin’
You got to be startin’ somethin’
It’s too high to get over
(yeah, yeah)
Too low to get under
(yeah, yeah)
You’re stuck in the middle
(yeah, yeah)
And the pain is thunder
(yeah, yeah)
It’s too high to get over
(yeah, yeah)
Too low to get under
(yeah, yeah)
You’re stuck in the middle
(yeah, yeah)
And the pain is thunder
(yeah, yeah)

1st Verse
I took my baby to the doctor
With a fever, but nothin’ he found
By the time this hit the street
They said she had a breakdown
Someone’s always tryin’
To start my baby cryin’
Talkin’, squealin’, lyin’
Sayin’ you just wanna be startin’ somethin’

Chorus
I said you wanna be startin’ somethin’
You got to be startin’ somethin’
I said you wanna be startin’ somethin’
You got to be startin’ somethin’
It’s too high to get over

(yeah, yeah)
Too low to get under
(yeah, yeah)
You’re stuck in the middle
(yeah, yeah)
And the pain is thunder
(yeah, yeah)
It’s too high to get over
(yeah, yeah)
Too low to get under
(yeah, yeah)
You’re stuck in the middle
(yeah, yeah)
And the pain is thunder
(yeah, yeah)

2nd Verse
You love to pretend that you’re good
When you’re always up to no good
You really can’t make him hate her
So your tongue became a razor
Someone’s always tryin’
To keep my baby cryin’
Treacherous, cunnin’, declinin’
You got my baby cryin’

Chorus
I said you wanna be startin’ somethin’
You got to be startin’ somethin’
I said you wanna be startin’ somethin’
You got to be startin’ somethin’
It’s too high to get over
(yeah, yeah)
Too low to get under
(yeah, yeah)
You’re stuck in the middle
(yeah, yeah)
And the pain is thunder
(yeah, yeah)
It’s too high to get over
(yeah, yeah)
Too low to get under
(yeah, yeah)
You’re stuck in the middle
(yeah, yeah)
And the pain is thunder
(yeah, yeah)
You’re a vegetable, you’re a vegetable
Still they hate you, you’re a vegetable
You’re just a buffet, you’re a vegetable
They eat off of you, you’re a vegetable

3rd Verse
Billie Jean is always talkin’
When nobody else is talkin’
Tellin’ lies and rubbin’ shoulders
So they called her mouth a motor
Someone’s always tryin’
To start my baby cryin’
Talkin’, squealin’, spyin’
Sayin’ you just wanna be startin’ somethin’

Chorus
I said you wanna be startin’ somethin’
You got to be startin’ somethin’
I said you wanna be startin’ somethin’
You got to be startin’ somethin’
It’s too high to get over
(yeah, yeah)
Too low to get under
(yeah, yeah)
You’re stuck in the middle
(yeah, yeah)
And the pain is thunder
(yeah, yeah)
It’s too high to get over
(yeah, yeah)
Too low to get under
(yeah, yeah)
You’re stuck in the middle
(yeah, yeah)
And the pain is thunder
(yeah, yeah)
You’re a vegetable, you’re a vegetable
Still they hate you, you’re a vegetable
You’re just a buffet, you’re a vegetable
They eat off of you, you’re a vegetable

Ad-lib
If you can’t feed your baby
(yeah, yeah)
Then don’t have a baby
(yeah, yeah)
And don’t think maybe
(yeah, yeah)
If you can’t feed your baby
(yeah, yeah)

You’ll be always tryin’
To stop that child from cryin’
Hustlin’, stealin’, lyin’
Now baby’s slowly dyin’

Chorus
I said you wanna be startin’ somethin’
You got to be startin’ somethin’
I said you wanna be startin’ somethin’
You got to be startin’ somethin’
It’s too high to get over
(yeah, yeah)
Too low to get under
(yeah, yeah)
You’re stuck in the middle
(yeah, yeah)
And the pain is thunder
(yeah, yeah)
It’s too high to get over
(yeah, yeah)
Too low to get under
(yeah, yeah)
You’re stuck in the middle
(yeah, yeah)
And the pain is thunder
(yeah, yeah)

Ad-lib
Lift your head up high
And scream out to the world
I know I am someone
And let the truth unfurl
No one can hurt you now
Because you know what’s true
Yes, I believe in me
So you believe in you
Help me sing it, ma ma se,
Ma ma sa, ma ma coo sa
Ma ma se, ma ma sa,
Ma ma coo sa
(Repeat / fade out)

Greg Phillinganes: Rhodes, Synthesizer
Michael Boddicker &Bill Wolfer: Synthesizer
David Williams: Guitar
Louis Johnson: Bass
Paulinho da Costa: Percussion
Jerry Hey: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Gary Grant: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Larry Williams: Sax, Flute
Bill Reichenbach: Trombone
Michael Jackson, Nelson Hayes & Steven Ray: Bathroom stomp board

Vocal arrangement by Michael Jackson
Rhythm arrangement by Michael Jackson & Quincy Jones
Horn arrangement by Jerry Hey & Michael Jackson

Background Vocals: Julia Waters, Maxine Waters, Oren Waters, James Ingram, Michael Jackson, Bunny Hull, Becky Lopez

© 1982 Mijac Music (BMI)
Administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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