We’re Almost There

Michael Jackson was as famed for his high-pitched voice as he was for his plastic surgery.  Allegedly, his softly-spoken manner was a direct result of his father Joe forcing him to undergo chemical castration making him get hormone injections at age 12 in a bid to delay puberty and keep his singing voice high.  After 1971, The Jackson 5 saw a steady decline from their early supernova success and that is when Michael and Jermaine started pursuing individual careers.  Puberty eventually kicked in and Michael’s voice changed around 1973–4.  His innocent smooth voice began to roughen out and began to grow into the raspy voice that the world knows and loves.  New songs were needed when

Michael’s voice started maturing, as his earlier high-pitched vocals suited when his voice dropped several octaves.  Brian Holland & Eddie Holland were brought in by Motown to help write music for Michael’s fourth studio album Forever, Michael and Hal Davis produced this 1975 album.  The single ‘We’re Almost There’ peaked at #54 on the Billboard Pop singles chart and it went to #7 on the Billboard R&B (Soul) Singles chart.

The Holland brothers helped to breathe new life into Michael Jackson’s solo career, trying their best to build a solid and convincing narrative to suit the young singer.  Michael sings about believing in, and wanting to reach, that distant point on the horizon where happiness becomes reality.  By staying focused and not giving up, moving forward, holding on, and taking one more step, because he is almost there could be seen as circumstances that were happening in Michael’s life at this time.  Michael was always trying to give it his best, even though he never attained the happiness that he deserved.  The young Michael is enticing us with promises that dreams can come true for lovers even though it may be a long hard climb.

This album would be his final one released with Motown before he and his brothers The Jackson 5, save for Jermaine, who remained with Motown left for CBS Records a year later.  This album displayed a change in musical style for the sixteen-year-old, who adopted a smoother soul sound that he would continue to develop on his later solo records for Epic Records.  Most Of the tracks were recorded in 1974, and the album was originally set to be released that year.  However, because of demand from the Jackson 5’s huge hit ‘Dancing Machine’, production on Michael’s album was delayed until the hype from that song died down.  Two years had gone by, and Jackson’s fourth solo album left him a bit bereft.

No matter how hard
The task may seem
Don’t give up our plans
Don’t give up our dreams

No broken bridges
Can turn us around
Cause what we’re searchin’ for
Will soon be found

Cause we’re almost there
Just one more step
(Cause we’re almost there)
Just one more step
(Just one more step)
Don’t give up
‘Cause we’re almost all almost there
(‘Cause we’re almost there)

(Look at the lovers)
Look at the lonely lovers
That didn’t make it
Life’s long hard climb
(Life’s long hard climb)
They just couldn’t take it
(They just couldn’t take it)

Don’t let it happen to me and you
Hold on together, darlin’
We’ll make it through

Darlin’, keep on reachin’ out for me
Keep on reachin, do it for me
Do it for me, cause baby

(‘Cause we’re almost there)
(We’re almost there)
(‘Cause we’re almost there)

We’re so close
I can taste it
A life so sweet
Can’t afford to waste it
(Can’t afford to waste it)

Need to feel your hand
Slippin’ from mine?
Just hold on tighter now, darlin’
Keep on tryin’

Baby, do it for me, do it do it baby
(Cause we’re almost there)
Just one more step
(We’re almost there)
Don’t give up
(Cause we’re almost there)
Just one more step

Baby baby, don’t give up
(‘Cause we’re almost there)
Keep on, keep on
(We’re almost there)
Just one more step
(‘Cause we’re almost there)
Cause we’re almost there

[Instrumental]

Just one more step
Cause we’re almost there
We’ve come to far
To turn around

Ooh!!

Keep on reachin’
For higher ground
We’ve had our ups and we’ve had our downs
Let nothin’ in the world darlin’
Turn us around

Cause we’re almost there
We’re almost there
We’re almost there

Everything we’re lookin’ for
We’re almost there
Keep on reachin’ out for me

Cause we’re almost there darlin’
We’re almost there
We’re almost there darlin’
We’re almost there
We’re almost there

Ah we’re almost there
Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music Challenge #191 – Rock With You.

11 thoughts on “We’re Almost There

  1. I don’t think I remember this one Jim but it’s good.
    I’m finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel at work…a 3 week nightmare…

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      1. It was the email server going down 3 weeks ago…I have spent 3 weeks getting email out of corrupted databases. I finally bought a program that does it…now I can continue to move us.

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