Billie Jean

Song information

Author: Michael Jackson
Album title: Thriller
Year of release: 1982
Duration: 4:57
Lyrics:
[1st Verse]
She was more like a 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 will dance on the floor in the round

[2nd Verse]
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 of what you do
And don't go around breaking young girls' hearts
And mother always told me be careful of who you love
And be careful of 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

[3rd Verse]
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)

[4th Verse]
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 of what you do
And don't go around breaking young girls' hearts
She came and stood right by me
Then 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
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
Billie Jean is
Billie Jean is
Billie Jean is
Not my lover
Not my lover
Not my lover
Not my lover
Billie Jean is not my lover (she is just a girl)
Billie Jean is not my lover (she is just a girl)
Billie Jean is not my lover (she is just a girl)
Billie Jean is not my lover (she is just a girl)
Billie Jean is
Billie Jean is
Billie Jean is not my lover
Billie Jean is not my lover
Billie Jean is
Billie Jean is
Billie Jean is not my lover
Billie Jean is not my lover
Billie Jean is
Billie Jean is
Song recording information:
  • Greg Phillinganes: Rhodes, Synthesizer
  • Greg Smith: Synthesizer
  • Bill Wolfer: Synthesizer, Synthesizer Programming
  • Dean Parks: Guitar
  • Louis Johnson: Bass
  • Ndugu Chancler: Drums
  • Michael Boddicker: Emulator
  • Vocal, Rhythm and Synthesizer arrangement by Michael Jackson
  • String arrangement by Jerry Hey
  • Strings conducted by Jeremy Lubbock
Song released in albums:
Song type Album title, song's alt. title Duration Year of release
[D] Michael Jackson — Thriller Demos 5:51
[I] Michael Jackson - The Story - Played by London Twilight Orchestra - Vol. 1 Unknown
[I] The Rockridge Synthesizer Orchestra Plays Michael Jackson Unknown
Michael Jackson — Thriller 4:57 1982
Michael Jackson — Billie Jean [34-03509] S 4:50 1982
Michael Jackson — Billie Jean [MJ 1/6] S 4:50 1983
Michael Jackson — Billie Jean [EPC A3084] S 4:50 1983
[I] Michael Jackson — Instrumental Version Collection 6:19 1988
[A] Michael Jackson — The 12" Mixes 6:24 1988
[R] Michael Jackson — Signature Series [ESK 5400] S

Billie Jean (Four On The Floor Remix - Radio Edit)

4:48 1993
[I] The Music Of Michael Jackson - 16 Instrumental Hits 4:36 1994
[I] London Synphonic Orchestra Plays Michael Jackson 4:40 1995
Michael Jackson — HIStory - Past, Present and Future - Book I 4:54 1995
Michael Jackson — Thriller Special Edition 4:54 2001
[D] Michael Jackson — Thriller Special Edition

Billie Jean (Home demo from 1981)

2:20 2001
Michael Jackson — Greatest Hits - HIStory - Volume I 4:54 2001
Michael Jackson — Number Ones 4:54 2003
Michael Jackson — The Ultimate Collection 4:53 2004
Michael Jackson — The Essential Michael Jackson 4:53 2005
Michael Jackson — Billie Jean [080468] S 2006
Michael Jackson — Billie Jean [080468] S

Billie Jean (Original 12" Edit)

2006
[I] The Sunset Lounge Orchestra — The Michael Jackson Cool Down Experience - Part 2 5:29 2007
Michael Jackson — Thriller 25 4:54 2008
[R] Michael Jackson — Thriller 25

Billie Jean 2008 Kanye West mix

4:38 2008
Michael Jackson — King Of Pop (Deluxe UK Edition) 4:54 2008
[A] Michael Jackson — King Of Pop (Deluxe UK Edition)

Billie Jean (Original 12" Version)

6:24 2008
[G] Michael Jackson — One Night In Japan (bootleg) 5:57 2009
[I] Vitamin String Quartet (VSQ) Performs the Hits of Michael Jackson 3:35 2009
[I] #1 Tribute Band — Acoustic Guitar Tribute To Michael Jackson 4:51 2009
Michael Jackson — This Is It 4:54 2009
[I] Lex Vandyke — This Is It & Other Great Michael Jackson Songs 4:44 2009
[I] Joey DeFrancesco — Never Can Say Goodbye 9:47 2010
[I] Adam Rafferty — I Remember Michael - A Michael Jackson Solo Guitar Tribute 3:33 2011
[R] Michael Jackson — Immortal

Immortal Megamix: Can You Feel It, Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough, Billie Jean, Black Or White

9:09 2011
[G] Michael Jackson — Bad 25 5:39 2012
[G] Michael Jackson — Live at Wembley July 16, 1988 5:39 2012