By Shannon Carlin
This whole week, fans were given a taste of Michael Jackson’s posthumous album, XSCAPE, out May 13, with the release of five tracks including “Slave To The Rhythm,” “A Place With No Name”–the King of Pop’s re-imagining of the 1972 classic, “A Horse With No Name” by America– “Loving You,” the Timbaland-produced track “Chicago” and two versions of the track, “Love Never Felt So Good,” one which features Justin Timberlake.
Now to end the week, Sony has released the sixth and final song from the album, “Do You Know Where Your Children Are?”
According to the Sony Entertainment Network blog, the track, which originally leaked in 2012, was first recorded during the Bad sessions and was worked on later during the early sessions for Dangerous.
As one might imagine, the title comes from the popular public service announcement on American television that ran before the nightly news from the 1960s through the ’80s.
In a note discovered by Jackson’s estate, the singer explained that the song was inspired by the runaway problem in America.
He wrote that it was “about kids being raised in a broken family where the father comes home drunk and the mother is out prostituting and the kids run away from home and they become victims of rape, prostitution and the hunter becomes the hunted.”
“They are somewhere out on the street,” he sings over bubbling synths. “Just imagine how scared they are.”
Listen to “Do You Know Where Your Children Are?, via the Sony Entertainment Network blog.