Friday, November 9, 2012

"Neverland is me..."

Neverland in Michael's own words...

"What inspired me? It was so easy, because it was me being myself, creating things that I love. And what I love, kids happen to love, or the child that lives inside the adult happens to love… You know? It is so easy, because I’m just creating behind the gate what I never got to do when I was a kid.
When I was really little, you know, 11 or 12, I was in the contract with Motown and I would have to go to the recording studio. I had to go… and make these albums… Because the summer tour was right around the corner, and right across the street from the recording studio was a ball park. And I could hear the kids, you know, the roar of the crowd and playing and catching ball and having fun and playing tennis. And some of those times I so passionately wanted to just go over there and just play a little bit, and not go to the recording studio and sing. Just to, you know, have some fun with the kids… And I couldn’t…
People say, ‘Why is he always with children?’ Well, you know, I was raised in a world with adults. When kids were playing and in bed asleep, I was doing clubs.
We worked, we worked, we worked, there was no Christmas, there’d be no birthdays… So, I’m compensating. Nature made...made sure that I compensate for the loss. So, when you come behind my gates, you’ll see an amusement park, you’ll see animals, you’ll see everything that I’ve never got to do, there’s candy everywhere… It’s fun."
(Take Two: The Footage You Were Never Meant To See, 2002)

"Neverland appeals to the child inside every man, woman and child. It’s a place where I feel like you can return to your childhood. You find grown-ups, you know, doing things they hadn’t done since they were like 10 years old. And it’s a... Just a fun, wonderful place to be; there’s so much to do. I’ve always wanted to have a place where you’re just busy all day and there is just unlimited space to go on quads and mountains and horse-back and all kind of fun things. So, it’s a… It’s just a fun place. I love it. And I will always love it. And I will never ever sell Neverland. Neverland is me… You know? It’s – it represents the totality of who I am. It really does… I love Neverland."
(Private Home Movies, 2003)


  1. awee this nice , well there it is in his own words "I will never sell it " I am glad it is owned (mostly) by the estate and still so well maintained , so it appears .
    If only we could have a visit inside the gates and have lunch on the lawn , like that young man did in the short video looks so gorgeous ...sigh
    Great post E !:)

  2. ,"I will never sell it" - and he never did despite what happened in 2005.
    I think I read somewhere that the Estate owns 87,5 percent of Neverland. I also remember Tom Barrack (the owner of Colony Capital)saying that they are keeping the property in perfect shape.

    This is the actual quote: "Our plans have been to work to restore it to its original greatness. The place is amazing. It has not only the beautiful spirit and softness of Michael, but a legacy of a thousand years of Indian culture that had transacted upon it. We have just been restoring it, renovating it. We have not really wanted to do anything commercial with it. The estate of Michael Jackson--they have done a great job in managing the estate. We are kind of waiting for them to decide what really they would like to do with us and with it. We are just being good stewards of a very special place."

    I feel confident about the future. Neverland will not remain empty like this forever. I am sure of it. The sound of laughter will fill the air again...

    I do not need to have lunch on the lawn. I just want to take a walk there and then I will leave again, quietly but endlessly happy.

  3. Enola,
    That first picture is just so amazing..

    Neverland.................sighs..............I do hope they restore it and use it to benefit children in someway.....Just as Michael did..bring happiness to those less fortunate little kids...

    Yes ....I agree E I would love to just walk around and take in it's beauty.....I too would never want to leave again!!!

    1. Nancy,
      I just love the first picture. How I would have loved to stand there behind those kids and listen to Michael explain what is going on in it!

      I hope that whatever lies in store for Neverland in the future that it will be in Michael's spirit. So children... Absolutely. But you know, Michael Jackson Jr. raising his kids there would be perfect too.

  4. Thanks for your beautiful page...the MJ Community is now learning that the Estate has given up on Neverland and Colony and the ESTATE have decided to sell. We will hold our collective breath and pray it is honored aas MJ Loved it by the new owner

    1. You are welcome, love.
      Yes, I found out this morning that Neverland is going to be on the market soon. It is sad, but I can't say that I am surprised. I think the writing on the wall has been there for some time. Thanks to the strickt zoning Laws there was no way Neverland was ever going to get turned into a Graceland type of place or anything else that would attract large numbers of people for that matter, since the infrastructure of the area simply cannot handle that much traffic. And even if it could've handled it - I have seen so many protests from the locals... And I understand them. It is a quiet rural area.

      And you know what?
      It is not really Neverland when Michael isn't there anymore.

      Anyway, be sure that this blog is going to remain and will continue to celebrate the magic that once was.

      Thank you for commenting!