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Price of Fame

Price of Fame is one of Michael Jackson's songs that's in the album, Bad 25. It's one of the unreleased songs from the making of the Bad album and was based off of a story called Blind Obsession.

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Background and Recording

According to Matt Forger, the song was mixed by Bill Bottrell.[2]

Michael Jackson's Work Notes

Michael Jackson's work notes describes the story as "the girls who are over-obsessed with me, who follow me, who almost make me kill myself in my car, who just give their lives to do anything with me, to see me - they'll do anything and it's breaking my heart, it's running me crazy. It's breaking up my relationship with my girl, with my family. That's the 'Price of Fame'."

Lyrics

I took my baby on a river boat cruise
And she was well aware
I was excited 'bout the way that things could'a been
She said that I don't care
I wore a face no one could recognize, in disguise
Someone called out my name
They started takin' pictures, autographs, then they grabbed
My joy had turned to pain

My father always told me
You won't live a quiet life
If you're reachin' for fortune and fame
I feel the pressure settin' in, I'm livin' just to win
I'm done in my pain, don't be feelin' your pain

It's the price of fame, you pay the price of fame
So don't be feelin' your pain
It's the price of fame, you pay the price of fame
So don't you ever complain

I am a cover of a magazine, what a scene
They know my every move
"Just sign your name on the dotted line, you'll be fine"
That always bothers me
Get in your car, you want to take a ride, look behind
Someone is followin' you
You try to get away, you turn 'round fast, but too bad
They know your every move

My father always told me
You won't live a quiet life
If you're reachin' for fortune and fame
And I feel the pressure settin' in, I'm livin' just to win
I'm feelin' all this pain, don't you ever complain

It's the price of fame, you pay the price of fame
So don't you ever complain
It's the price of fame, you pay the price of fame
So don't be feelin' your pain
It's the price of fame, you pay the price of fame
My father never lies (the price of fame)
My father never lies
My father never lies (the price of fame)
So don't be feelin' this way, boy!

I like to take some time and get away, then they say
Is that boy still alive?
The weak that really start takin' pills, what a thrill
Only the strong survive

My father always told me
You won't live a quiet life
They start to wonderin' where have you been?
I feel the envious look at me
Their mistaken jealousy
Well then stand here in my shoes
And get a taste of my blues

It’s the price of fame
You pay the price of fame
So don't you ever complain
It's the price of fame
You pay the price of fame
So don't be feelin' this way
It's the price of fame
You pay the price of fame
So don't you ever complain
Pay the price of fame
You pay the price of fame
My father never lies (the price of fame)
My father never lies, baby
My father never lies (the price of fame)
So don't be feelin' your pain boy

Critical Reception

Joe Vogel, who has written two books about Jackson, described the opening as reminiscent of the Police song Spirits in the Material World. He also compared the verses to Billie Jean and the chords to Who Is It. He also praise the vocal performance as "powerful" and said "listen to the way he bits into the lyric: 'My father never lies!'", and contrasted the song to the "easy bliss" of Free, the previous track.

In Bad 25

This song is the 5th song on Disc Two - Bonus Material in this album.[3]

Trivia

  • This song was originally planned to be in a Pepsi commercial, but ended up getting replaced with an edited version of Bad.

References

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