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In The Closet

Credits
Written and composed by Michael Jackson and Teddy Riley
Produced by Teddy Riley and Michael Jackson
Recorded and mixed by Bruce Swedien, Teddy Riley, Jean-Marie Horvat and Dave Way
Duet: Michael Jackson and Mystery Girl
Solo and background vocals: Michael Jackson

Rhythm arrangement by Teddy Riley
Synthesizer arrangement by Teddy Riley
Vocal arrangement by Michael Jackson
Keyboards and synthesizers: Teddy Riley
Sequencing and programming: Wayne Cobham
Lyrics

Princess Stephanie of Monaco
There's Something
I Have To Say To You
If You Promise You'll
Understand
I Cannot Contain Myself
When In Your Presence
I'm So Humble
Touch Me
Don't Hide Our Love
Woman To Man

Michael
She's Just A Lover
Who's Doin' Me By
It's Worth The Giving
It's Worth The Try
You Cannot Cleave It
Or Put It In The Furnace
You Cannot Wet It
You Cannot Burn It

She Wants To Give It
(She Wants To Give It)
(Aahh, She Wants To Give It)
Dare Me
(She Wants To Give It)
(Aahh, She Wants To Give It)
She Wants To Give It
(She Wants To Give It)
(Aahh, She Wants To Give It)
(She Wants To Give It)
(Aahh, She Wants To Give It)

It's Just A Feeling
You Have To Soothe It
You Can't Neglect It
You Can't Abuse It
It's Just Desire
You Cannot Waste It
Then, If You Want It
Then, Won't You Taste It

She Wants To Give It
(She Wants To Give It)
(Aahh, She Wants To Give It)
Dare Me
(She Wants To Give It)
(Aahh, She Wants To Give It)
She Wants To Give It
(She Wants To Give It)
(Aahh, She Wants To Give It)
(She Wants To Give It)
(Aahh, She Wants To Give It)

Princess Stephanie of Monaco
One Thing In Life
You Must Understand
The Truth Of Lust
Woman To Man
So Open The Door
And You Will See
There Are No Secrets
Make Your Move
Set Me Free

Michael
Because There's Something
About You Baby
That Makes Me Want
To Give It To You
I Swear There's Something
About You Baby

Just Promise Me
Whatever We Say
Or Whatever We Do
To Each Other
For Now We'll Make A Vow
To Just
Keep It In The Closet

If You Can Get It
It's Worth A Try
I Really Want It
I Can't Deny
It's Just Desire
I Really Love It
Princess Stephanie of Monaco
'Cause If It's Aching
You Have To Rub It

Michael
She Wants To Give It
(She Wants To Give It)
(Aahh, She Wants To Give It)
(She Wants To Give It)
(Aahh, She Wants To Give It)
She Wants To Give It
(She Wants To Give It)
(Aahh, She Wants To Give It)
(She Wants To Give It)
(Aahh, She Wants To Give It)

Princess Stephanie of Monaco
Just Open The Door
And You Will See
This Passion Burns
Inside Of Me
Don't Say To Me
You'll Never Tell
Touch Me There
Make The Move
Cast The Spell

Michael
Because There's Something
About You Baby
That Makes Me Want
To Give It To You
I Swear There's Something
About You Baby
That Makes Me Want

Just Promise Me
Whatever We Say
Or Do To Each Other
For Now We'll Make
A Vow To Just
Keep It In The Closet

Because There's Something
About You Baby
That Makes Me Want
To Give It To You
Because There's Something
About You Baby
That Makes Me Want
To Give It To You

I Swear There's Something
About You Baby
That Makes Me Want
To Give It To You

I Swear There's Something
About You Baby
That Makes Me Want
To Give It To You

I Swear There's Something
About You Baby
That Makes Me Want
To Give It To You

Somethin' About You Baby
That Makes Me Want

Just Promise Me
Whatever We Say
Or Whatever We Do To
Each Other
For Now We'll Make A Vow
To Just
Keep It In The Closet

(She Wants To Give It)
Dare Me
(Aahh)
Keep It In The Closet ...

Chart Positions
#2    Italy
#5    Australia
#6    U.S.
#8    UK
#9    France
#15  Germany
#23  Austria
#25  Switzerland
#29  Sweden
Additional Information
The song, written by Jackson and Teddy Riley, is about keeping a relationship between secret lovers. It was also Jackson's effort to silence critics who questioned his sexuality. In an attempt to squelch the rumors, the video, directed by Herb Ritts, features Jackson dancing suggestively with model Naomi Campbell. The song's female vocal was originally labeled "Mystery Girl" but was later revealed to be Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, though the vocal was originally meant for Madonna.

The song, with its heavy industrial sounding percussion and uptempo arrangement, is typical of producer Teddy Riley's new jack swing style. The unique, Eastern-influenced backing vocals, crescendoing middle eight imbue the song with an erotic edge usually missing from Jackson's music. His vocals are whispered and subdued for most of the song, embellished with gasps and shudders. It is generally considered one of his most provocative singles with lyrics that include "If its aching you have to rub it". Only in the chorus is his typically soulful falsetto given free reign.

In keeping with the trend in the early 1990s, several remixes were commissioned by Jackson and released on a maxi CD. The most prolific of these remixes was "The Promise" remix by UK DJ Frankie Knuckles, which made its way into the club circuit.
 
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