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Marty sings "Billie Jean" while moonwalking in the Palace Saloon in 1885.

"This [hopping from foot to foot] wasn't going to work. Marty had to do something besides hopping, or, sooner or later, one of those bullets was going to hit one of his feet. He had to get out of here somehow. He needed some kind of diversion. / Maybe, Marty thought, if he changed his style of dancing— / He stopped hopping and started to moonwalk. / "Billie Jean is not my lover—" he whispered as he moved. Hey, he hadn't watched all those Michael Jackson videos for nothing! And it worked, at least for a minute. These cowboys had never seen somebody walk backwards on his toes. They had stopped shooting, and were watching him, open-mouthed. "
—From Back to the Future Part III by Craig Shaw Gardner (quote, pages 69 and 70)

"Billie Jean" was a song by Michael Jackson, released in 1982 on his album Thriller.

History

In 1885, Marty McFly began to hum the tune and dance as he was being shot at by Buford Tannen. Marty moonwalked around the Palace Saloon, whispering the opening line of the chorus — "Billie Jean is not my lover" — as he did so, while Buford looked on stunned. Marty then jumped on a loose plank which rested underneath a spitoon, sending it through the air before it landed on Buford, spilling its contents down his front. Buford then tried to kill Marty, but his gun was out of bullets. When Marty attempted to run, Buford and his gang chased down Second Street. When the gang caught him with a rope, they dragged him through the Courthouse Square and to the Courthouse where he was nearly hanged.

Lyrics

Verse 1:
She was more like beauty queen from a movie scene
I said don't mind, but what do you mean I am the one
Who will dance on the floor in the round
She said I am the one who will dance on the floor in the round

Verse 2:
She told me her name was Billie Jean, as she caused a scene
Then every head turned with eyes that dreamed of being the one
Who will dance on the floor in the round

BRIDGE:
People always told me be careful what you do
Don't go around breaking young girls' hearts
And mother always told me be careful who you love
Be careful what you do 'cause the lie becomes the truth

CHORUS:
Billie Jean is not my lover
She's just a girl who claims that I am the one
But the kid is not my son
She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son

Verse 3:
For forty days and forty nights
The law was on her side
But who can stand when she's in demand
Her schemes and plans
'Cause we danced on the floor in the round
So take my strong advice, just remember to always think twice
(Do think twice)

Verse 4:
She told my baby we'd danced 'till three
Then she looked at me
Then showed a photo of a baby cryin'
His eyes were like mine
Come on dance on the floor in the round, baby

BRIDGE:
People always told me be careful what you do
Don't go around breaking young girls' hearts
She came and stood right by me
The smell of sweet perfume
This happened much too soon
She called me to her room

CHORUS:
Billie Jean is not my lover
She's just a girl who claims that I am the one
But the kid is not my son
Billie Jean is not my lover
She's just a girl who claims that I am the one
But the kid is not my son
She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son
She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son
Billie Jean is not my lover
She's just a girl who claims that I am the one
But the kid is not my son
She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son
She says I am the one, she says he is my son
She says I am the one 

OUTRO:
Billie Jean is not my lover 
Billie Jean is not my lover 
Billie Jean is not my lover 
Billie Jean is not my lover 
Billie Jean is not my lover 

Behind the scenes

  • In 1984, Michael Jackson re-recorded a slight variation of the song (with product-specific lyrics) for a Pepsi commercial, which Jackson himself appeared in.

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