Michael Jackson’s draft lyrics to “The Innocent Man”, written during the 1993 allegations.

[1]
California’s lost her love for me.
Seems like the odds are all against me now
the winds are

seems she’s trying to convict me now
seems her heart has turned
against me now

if [I] sail to Acapulco or
Cancun Mexico
then the odds are all against
me, but god knows that
I’m innocent

[2]
chorus The Innocent Man

if I sail to Acapulco
or Cancun Mexico
there the law is waiting
for me
and God knows that I’m
innocent
if they won’t take me in
Cairo then Lord knows where will
I go.
I’ll die a man without a
country
and only God knew I was
innocent now.

[3]
The Innocent Man

if I sail to Acapulco
or Cancun Mexico
there the law is waiting for
me
but God knows that
I’m innocent
if the British try to find me
then lord where will I go
let the whole world go against me
long as God knows I’m
an innocent man now

Farewell to all
my years in Hollywood

or: farewell to all
my dreams in
Hollywood

[4]
Let the whole world be
against me long as God
knows I’m an innocent
man now if the British try
to find me then lord knows where will
I go
let the whole world try
to find me
long as God knows

[5]
The Innocent Man

Sometimes I feel just
like a fugitive I’m running
for my life
and deep inside I often
do say why I ask the
question why
but I’m not running at all
I’m just healing a lonely wounded heart
the truth becomes the lie
I wish I could fly away