Cry is the 13th song featured on MJ's tenth and final studio album Invincible. The song was written by R&B singer-songwriter R. Kelly and was produced by Jackson and Kelly. It was released in December 3, 2001 and recorded in 1998 and 2000. under Epic Records as the second single from Invincible. The song is 5 minutes and 1 second long.

Date: December 3, 2001

Recorded: 1998 - 2000


[Verse 1]

Somebody shakes when the wind blows

Somebody's missing a friend, hold on

Somebody's lacking a hero

And they have not a clue

When it's all going to end

[Verse 2]

Stories buried and untold

Someone is hiding the truth, hold on

When will this mystery unfold

And will the sun ever shine

In the blind man's eyes when he cries?


You can change the world (I can't do it by myself)

You can touch the sky (going to take somebody's help)

You're the chosen one (I'm going to need some kind of sign)

If we all cry at the same time tonight

[Verse 3]

People laugh when they're feeling sad

Someone is taking a life, hold on

Respect to believe in your dreams

Tell me where were you

When your children cried last night?

[Verse 4]

Faces fill with madness

Miracles unheard of, hold on

Faith is found in the winds

All we have to do

Is reach for the truth


[Verse 5]

And when that flag blows

There'll be no more wars

And when all calls

I will answer all your prayers

[Chorus x3]


Change the world


Michael Jackson - Cry

Michael Jackson - Cry


  • The themes of "Cry" are world issues such as isolation, war, and brotherhood. It also suggests if everyone pulls together as one, then they make a change to the world, with Jackson singing, "You can change the world/I can't do it by myself".[1]
  • "Cry" was promoted by a music video, or "short film," as Jackson would refer to it. The video was directed by Nicholas Brandt, who had previously directed "Earth Song" (1995), "Childhood" (1995) and "Stranger in Moscow" (1996).
  • Jackson did not make an appearance in the video.


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