'Do You Know Where Your Children Are?' will appear on May's 'Xscape' release
A song on the posthumous Michael Jackson album tells the story of an abused 12-year-old who runs away from home and turns to prostitution.
Titled ‘Do You Know Where Your Children Are?’, the track is one of eight unreleased songs to feature on ‘Xscape’, which is due in May.
The lyrics, as reported by The Mirror, include the lines: “She wrote that she is tired of stepdaddy using her/Saying that he’ll buy her things, while sexually abusing her.”
Jackson, who died in 2009, was twice accused of child sex abuse while he was alive. A high profile 2005 trial on accusations of molesting 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo saw him cleared of all charges. Last year, dancer Wade Robson, who previously testified to defend the singer, claimed he was molested by Jackson. A hearing is set for June.
The second album released following Jackson’s death, ‘Xscape’ is the project of executive producer LA Reid, who was granted unlimited access to four decades’ worth of Jackson’s vocal material.
Producers including Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon, and John McClain have “contemporised” material for the release, and a deluxe edition of the record will include a selection of the recordings in their original form.
John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson state: “Michael was always on the cutting edge and was constantly reaching out to new producers, looking for new sounds. He was always relevant and current. These tracks, in many ways, capture that spirit. We thank LA Reid for his vision.”