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Liberian Girl is one of Michael Jackson's songs in one of his albums called Bad. It was released on September 21st, 1987 and September 7th, 1992 and was recorded in 1986. It was written and co-produced by Michael Jackson in 1986 and produced by Quincy Jones.

The song was released in Europe and Australia as a single.

Date: September 21, 1987

Before the song

The inspiration for the song came from when Michael was playing on his pinball machine. The song was dedicated to his late long-time friend Dame Elizabeth Taylor.

Music video

The video was shot in black-and-white The song starts with the Swahili phrase "Naku Penda Piya Naku Taka Piya Mpenziwe" that was sung by South African singer Letta Mbulu.[1], but lip-synched by Beverly Johnson and the video became color. The video features many of Jackson's celebrity friends who gather on a soundstage to film the music video only to discover that Jackson was filming them all along. Cameos include Steven Spielberg, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Sherman Hemsley, Brigitte Nielsen, Paula Abdul, Carl Weathers, Whoopi Goldberg, Quincy Jones, Jackie Collins, Amy Irving, Jasmine Guy, Rosanna Arquette, Lou Diamond Phillips, Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta, Corey Feldman, Debbie Gibson, Rick Schroder, Blair Underwood, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Bubbles (his monkey), Suzanne Somers, Lou Ferrigno, Don King and "Son", Mayim Bialik, Virginia Madsen, David Copperfield, Billy Dee Williams, Richard and Emily Dreyfuss, Danny Glover, Olivia Hussey, Dan Aykroyd, and Steve Guttenberg.

Personnel

  • Written and composed by Michael Jackson
  • Produced by Quincy Jones
  • Co-produced by Michael Jackson
  • Michael Jackson: Solo and background vocals
  • John Robinson: Drums
  • Douglas Getschal: Drum programming
  • Paulinho Da Costa: Percussion
  • Christopher Currell: Synclavier
  • John Barnes, Michael Boddicker, David Paich, Larry Williams: Synthesizers
  • Steve Porcaro: Synthesizer programming
  • Letta Mbulu: Swahili chant
  • Rhythm arrangement by Michael Jackson, John Barnes and Quincy Jones
  • Synthesizer arrangement by Jerry Hey, John Barnes and Quincy Jones
  • Vocal arrangement by Michael Jackson and John Barnes
  • Swahili chant arrangement by Caiphus Semenya

Lyrics[2]

(Naku penda piya-naku taka piya-mpenziwe)
(I love you too-I want you too-my love)

Liberian girl
You came and you changed my world
A love so brand new
Liberian girl
You came and you changed my world
A feeling so true

Liberian girl
You know that you came
And you changed my world
Just like in the movies
With two lovers in a scene
And she says
"Do you love me"
And he says so endlessly
"I love you, Liberian girl"

(Naku penda piya-naku taka piya-mpenziwe)
(I love you too-I want you too-my love)

Liberian girl
More precious than any pearl
Your love so complete
Liberian girl
You kiss me then,
Ooh, the world
You do this to me
Liberian girl
You know that you came
And you changed my world
Just like in the movies
With two lovers in a scene
And she says
"Do you love me"
And he says so endlessly
"I love you, Liberian girl"

(Naku penda piya-naku taka piya-mpenziwe)
(I love you too-I want you too-my love)

Liberian girl
You know that you came
And you changed my world
I wait for the day
When you have to say
"I do"
And I'll smile and say it too,
I love you, Liberian girl, all the time

(Girl)
I love you liberian girl, all the time
(Girl)
I love you liberian girl, all the time
(Girl)
I love you liberian girl, all the time
(Girl)
I love you
I love you baby
(Girl)
I want you
I love you baby
(Girl)
Ooh! I love you baby, I want you baby, ooh!
(Girl)

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