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‘Cause this is thriller, thriller night. And no one’s gonna save you from the beast about to strike…

We believe you know how to sing this line in perfect tune, but let’s add a twist and change it to how it was originally supposed to be:

Give me some starlight, starlight sun. This is the only chance we’ve got to make it while we can…

Jives in Michael Jackson’s Thriller tune, right? That’s because the latter song, supposedly entitled Starlight was the demo version and MJ had the chance to record it during the Thriller sessions, but which was not released.

Thriller is a 1982 song recorded by the American “King of Pop”, composed by Rod Temperton, and produced by Quincy Jones. It has become a chart-topper and is still famous with the young up to this day due to MJ’s iconic moves in the 14-minute Halloween-themed performance in 1983.

Remember MJ dressed in red as a werewolf? That’s a classic.

But instead of Thriller, the title could have been Starlight, Starlight Sun, or Give Me Some Starlight, had Temperton not considered the appeal of the song to kids.

Originally, when I did my Thriller demo, I called it Starlight. Quincy said to me, ‘You managed to come up with a title for the last album, see what you can do for this album.’ I said, ‘Oh great,’ so I went back to the hotel, wrote two or three hundred titles, and came up with the title ‘Midnight Man’. The next morning, I woke up, and I just said this word… Something in my head just said, this is the title. You could visualize it on the top of the Billboard charts. You could see the merchandising for this one word, how it jumped off the page as ‘Thriller’,” commented Temperton in a report from Telegraph.

Instead of “’Cause this is thriller, thriller night”, the hook used to be “Give me some starlight, starlight sun”. And if that had pushed through, pop history could have taken a different course. We can’t imagine MJ dancing with a crowd of vibrant, happy, and bouncy stars, rainbows, and even unicorns.

Thus, in an alternate universe, the famed Cebu prisoners would have danced to Starlight instead.

Just imagine how the iconic dance moves would be, had it not been changed into Thriller with dancing zombies?

If you want to sing along, below is the lyrics of the unreleased song:

There’s indication that someone else is standing on the ground

Across the nation there’s always people trying to pull you down

Now is the time for us to spend the scene here close together

Deep in the night we’re holding on to someone else’s dream

Girl can’t you see…

 

We need some starlight, starlight sun

There ain’t no second chance we got to make it while we can

You need the starlight some starlight sun

I need you by my side you give me starlight starlight tonight yeah

 

They’re out to get you there ain’t no, you’re acting like a fool

Love can possess you and make you see that 

High in the night this magic’s gonna keep us close together, yeah

We’ll start to fly cause this is the beginning of your life

This is the night

 

Give me some starlight starlight sun

This is the only chance we’ve got to make it while we can

You need the starlight starlight sun

I need you by my side so give me starlight starlight tonight

Light up the world let the love start take charge of this masquerade

Take your delivery and show me that this is your light

Give me your starlight tonight

 

There’s indication that someone else is standing on the ground

Across the nation there’s always people trying to pull you down

Now is the time for us to spend the scene here close together

Deep in the night we’re holding on to someone else’s dream

Girl can’t you see

 

We need some starlight starlight sun

There ain’t no second chance we got to make it while we can

You need some starlight starlight sun

I need you by my side you give me starlight starlight

Give me starlight starlight sun

There ain’t no second chance we got to make it while we can

You give me starlight starlight sun

I need you by my side so give me starlight starlight

Give me starlight starlight sun

There ain’t no second chance we got to make it while we can

We need the starlight starlight sun

I need you by my side so give me starlight starlight tonight

 

Gimme gimme that sun (3x)

Oooh, yeah

Gimme gimme that sun

Oooh, yeah

Gimme gimme that sun

Now is the time for be together

Gimme gimme that sun

Starlight Sun

Gimme gimme that sun, starlight (2x)

Ooh babe

Starlight (11x)

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