Tru Sounds: Michael Jackson’s “Morphine”

Posted on 07/09/09, in Tru Sounds, by Truitt O'Neal

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It was 1997 when I use to work at the Blockbuster Music Store in North Gate Mall Durham, NC. It was crazy. I use to always look forward to new release Tuesday when we put out the new music. This particular day I was geeked to get this new Ep from Michael Jackson called “Blood on The Dance Floor.” I broke that seal quick only to find out the it wasn’t the greatest and didn’t do a lot for fans either.

Fast forward to last night, 12 years later. I was listening to a few online shows and caught one where they mentioned the same EP but a different track. The track is called “Morphine” and it’s pretty telling. I’m really surprised that more folks aren’t talking about it; news or otherwise. Mike is not known for making songs about him so I was surprised that this one exists. Is he talking about himself? You decide. Check out the song and the lyrics below and let me know what you think.


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He got flat baby
Kick in the back baby
A heart attack baby
I need your body

A hot kiss honey
He’s just a bitch baby
You make me sick baby
So unrelying

I’m such a swine baby
All down the line daddy
I hate your kind baby
So unreliable

A hot buzz baby
He’s one of us baby
Another drug baby
You so desire

Trust in me
Trust in me
Put all your trust in me
You’re doin’ morphine

Hoo!

They got place baby
Kicked in the face baby
You hate your race baby
You’re just a liar

Your every lick baby
Your dog’s a bitch baby
You make me sick baby
You soul survivor

She never cut from me
She never cut baby
I had to work baby
You just a rival

Always to please daddy
Right up and leave daddy
You’re thorwing shame daddy
So undesirable

Trust in me
Just in me
Put all your trsut in me
You’re doin’ morphine

Go’on babe

Relax
This won’t hurt you
Before I put it in
Close your eyes and count to ten
Don’t cry
I won’t convert you
There’s no need to dismay
Close your eyes and drift away

Demerol
Demerol
Oh God he’s taking demerol
Demerol
Demerol
Oh God he’s taking demerol

He’s tried
Hard to convince her
To be over what he had
Today he wants it twice as bad
Don’t cry
I won’t resent you
Yesterday you had his trust
Today he’s taking twice as much

Demerol
Demerol
Oh God he’s taking demerol
Hee-hee-hee
Demerol
Demerol
Oh my Oh God it’s Demerol
Hee
Oooh

Oh!

He got shit baby
Your dog’s a bitch baby
You make me sick baby
You are a liar

Is truth a game daddy
To win the fame baby
It’s all the same baby
You’re so reliable

Trust in me
Trust in me
Put all your trust in me
She’s doin’ morphine

Hoo!

You just sit around just talkin’ nothing
You’re takin’ morphine
Hoo!
Go’on baby
You just sit around just talking about it
You’re takin’ morphine
Hoo-hoo!
Just sit around just talking nothing about it
You’re takin’ morphine
You just sit around just talking about it
You’re taking morphine
You just sit around just talkin’ nothin’
And takin’ morphine

Hoo-hoo
I’m going down baby
You’re talkin’ Morphine

Go’on baby!
Hoo!
Hoo!
Morphine!
Do it!
Hoo!
He’s takin’ morphine
Morphine!
Morphine!

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6 Responses to “Tru Sounds: Michael Jackson’s “Morphine””


Michael Pierce
7-9-2009

Wow, thanks for sharing. I love the energy of the song, but it’s very disturbing. I wonder what is the meaning of this song?


J Kelly Alston
7-9-2009

wow that Demerol interlude had me warped, but it is actually beautiful somehow, it is like the peace that occurs between the chaos that is the rest of this song. This is some real **** ! I guess maybe he’s saying that the meds were the only thing that he was able to rely on and trust in. Everything else seems to either be a common criticism of him or an expectation of him, I think you are on to something Tru, this seems like it is in fact a song about Michael himself. I am glad you sniffed out this story and blogged about it.

Coincidentally, I actually liked the song Blood on the Dancefloor, but never bothered with the entire EP. He talks about escaping the world in Blood too, though not via drugs, but via dancing. “To escape the world I got to love this simple dance, then it seems that everything is on my side” i think is how it goes


Rosemarie Kitchin
7-9-2009

Thanks, Big Tru. There are so many mysteries about MJ. Now that he’s gone (although his music and images live on), we will never be able to solve those mysteries — not that he would ever have allowed us to, anyway. As I listened and read the lyrics, I wondered how his parents might have fit in this. Mystery, mystery.


Trev
7-9-2009

Very deep… Michael was just spazzin’ out on this one.


Priscilla
7-12-2009

I think Michael Jackson was such a wonderful performer and entertainer. He was a very troubled soul and was surrounded by those that enabled him to continue with his downward spiral. I wish all those that were talking that he was their brother and how much they loved him were there to intervene and help him.


Liza
7-12-2009

After listening to the song. I was wondering was he talking about him and Lisa Marie, I saw an interview where heard she had to let his fate take him. Could that fate been the drugs?

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