Somebody’s watching me

Somebody’s Watching Me” is a song recorded by American singer Rockwell, released by the Motown label in 1984, as the lead single from his debut studio album of the same name. Rockwell’s debut single release, the song features guest vocals by Michael Jackson.

The Frances Delia-directed music video to “Somebody’s Watching Me” (which uses the radio edit instead of the album version) underscores the song’s paranoid tone with a haunted house-inspired theme, including imagery of floating heads, ravens, graveyards, and shower scenes referencing Psycho.

[Plot: The video opens with Rockwell coming home to discover that a newspaper in Chinese has been delivered to his doorstep. As he greets his pet dog and takes a quick shower, he begins to have strange visions (in a manner recalling The Dead Zone) of himself being pursued around his house by assorted ghoulish apparitions, of the looming figure of a cadaverous-looking man, and of finding a tombstone engraved with his own name. His shower is interrupted when he hears something outside and goes out on his balcony to investigate. He is shocked to see the man from his visions standing at his gate, but as he struggles to get a better look in spite of the sun in his face he is greatly relieved to see that he is merely a mailman, coming to deliver the correct newspaper. As the mailman walks up the path towards the front porch, however, a brief close-up of his arm reveals that he is, in fact, a zombie. Rockwell emerges onto the porch to receive the paper, which the mailman genially hands over. As the mailman brings his other arm around in an attempt to strike, Rockwell has just enough time to notice that he is not human.]

LYRICS

Who’s watching
Tell me who’s watching
Who’s watching me

I’m just an average man with an average life
I work from 9 to 5, hey hell, I pay the price
All I want is to be left alone, in my average home
But why do I always feel
Like I’m in the Twilight Zone?

I always feel like somebody’s watchin’ me
And I have no privacy
I always feel like somebody’s watchin’ me
Is it just a dream?

When I come home at night
I bang the door real tight
People call me on the phone I’m trying to avoid
Or can the people on TV see me,
Or am I just paranoid?
When I’m in the shower,
I’m afraid to wash my hair
Cause I might open my eyes and find someone standing there!
People say I’m crazy, just a little touch
But maybe showers remind me of Psycho too much
That’s why…

I always feel like somebody’s watchin’ me
And I have no privacy
I always feel like somebody’s watchin’ me
Who’s playing tricks on me?

I don’t know anymore!
Are the neighbours watching me?
Who’s watching
Well is the mailman watching me?
Tell me who’s watching
And I don’t feel safe anymore, oh what a mess
I wonder who’s watching me now
Who?
The IRS?!

I always feel like somebody’s watchin’ me
And I have no privacy
I always feel like somebody’s watchin’ me
Tell me is it just a dream

I always feel like somebody’s watchin’ me
And I have no privacy
I always feel like somebody’s watchin’ me
Who’s playing tricks on me?

I always feel like somebody’s watchin’ me
Oooh, whoa-oa-oa
I always feel like somebody’s watchin’ me
Tell me, can it be?
I always feel like somebody’s watching me

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