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Cracking Michael Jackson's P.Y.T. Code

Back in 1982 Michael Jackson introduced us to the acronym P.Y.T. with his song P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) on the album Thriller, a fun, lighthearted and dancy jam about a girl who makes Michael go "woo-hoo!".

(YouTube Link)

But if you think the title says it all you're wrong, because this seemingly simple pop song has been hiding a mystery all these years- hidden lyrics in the high pitched, chipmunky part at the end of the song.

Music copyright expert Drew Seventeen used audio software Audacity to pitch shift the outro of P.Y.T. and discovered some hidden messages sung by Michael himself:

“‘Good Life’ by Kanye West featuring T-Pain (heavily sampling that section) is actually my iPhone morning alarm song. So after hearing the voice hundreds of times in the dream-wakefulness transition, I became obsessed with knowing what the actual lyric was. I assumed the ‘tee’ and ‘see’ were chopped off in the final mix due to timing limits on early sampling technology, but the exposed stem also makes it clear that he just hits a lower note there which becomes unclear in the master recording.”

-Via Dangerous Minds


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