''Michael Jackson and I were looking for an anthem that would spread some sunshine on the world. We invited some songwriters from his publishing company to present songs, and we chose this one for the album. - Quincy Jones
"We had the demo of the song done on a Friday evening. Knowing that Quincy Jones' offices were going to be closed until Monday, I called [Quincy] and said, 'I can't wait until Monday.' He told me to bring the tape over. I did. Four hours later – four hours! – he called me. He said, 'Baby, the song is great. It's really good. But– ' I said, 'But what?' And he said, 'I don't know. I've been playing songs for Michael for two years. And he has yet to accept an outside song. Three days later I got a call from Quincy and he told me that Michael loved the song and wanted to cut it. I screamed! Couldn't believe it.'' - Siedah Garrett (songwriter)
''The song was deeper than just the visual of a man looking at himself in the mirror. It was that, juxtaposed with the idea of a man going deeper inside himself to change from within. To make a difference on the outside, you have to first start from within. So I think that Michael just got it... he got the meaning of the song right away." - Siedah Garrett (songwriter)
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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