Michael Jackson – She’s Only Fifteen aka Hollywood Tonight

This is the first Michael Jackson entry I have added.  I had never heard the song even though I was a MJ fan.  I forgot who pointed this out to me, but thanks!! There are multiple references to the song title – some listing it as “She’s Only 15” while the most list it as “She’s Only Fifteen”. Supposedly this was only a “demo”.

As I created this entry, I had to obtain more information including the lyrics.  That is when I found that either the OFFICIAL name was NOT “She’s Only 15”, or it was changed upon release to “Hollywood Tonight”.  I can’t confirm or deny either option.  Although I can’t imagine his handlers wanting MJ to release a song about underage girls. ***

Not even Wikipedia references this song on the “Hollywood Tonight” page.

Even though it doesn’t sound so naughty, the part that emphasizes the underage sex is: “She is giving hot tricks to men just to get in” and she “was taught that wasn’t clean”! Also, most people that listen to the song hear some “Billie Jean” in the sound.

Lipstick in hand
Tahitian tanned
In her painted on jeans

She dreams of fame
She changed her name
To one that fits the movie screen
She’s headed for the big time, that means

She’s going Hollywood
She’s going Hollywood tonight
She’s going Hollywood
She’s going Hollywood tonight
She’s going Hollywood
She’s going Hollywood tonight
It’s true, that you, may never ever have that chance again

West bound Greyhound
To tinsel town
Just to pursue her movie star dreams
She’s giving hot tricks to men
Just to get in
When she was taught that that’s not clean
Because she’s only fifteen

She’s going Hollywood
She’s going Hollywood tonight
She’s going Hollywood
She’s going Hollywood tonight
She’s going Hollywood
She’s going Hollywood tonight
It’s true, that you, may never ever have that chance again
(That chance again)

Lipstick in hand
Tahitian Tanned
In her painted on jeans

She dreams of fame
She changed her name
To one that fits the movie screen
She’s headed for the big time, that means

She’s going Hollywood
She’s going Hollywood tonight
She’s going Hollywood
She’s going Hollywood tonight
She’s going Hollywood
She’s going Hollywood tonight
It’s true, that you, may never ever have that chance again
(That chance again)

And a COOL live version:

Really boring YouTuber talking about “his theory” of why the lyrics were changed. https://youtu.be/IA_k-VXZsHA

The official released version of “Hollywood Tonight”. All references to “She’s Only Fifteen” have been removed from this version.


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