Everyone knows Michael Jackson, who died over two years ago, as a consummate performer and a private personality. But a new audio recording of the King of Pop that was exposed in Conrad Murray's manslaughter trial reveals a very intoxicated Jackson expressing his desire to be a hero to sick children.

"They're depressed," he painstakingly said of kids who occupy children's wards in hospitals. "Their mind is depressing them. I want to give them that. I care about them, them angels. God wants me to do it. I'm gonna do it … [they] don't have enough hope. No more hope." The court was hanging on every word as Jackson's recording played, his slurred speech suggesting that he was under the influence of a strong subsance at the time, possibly the very "milk" that Murray is accused of supplying the pop star.

"My performances will be there helping my children and always be my dream," he told Murray on the phone call that was played in the courtroom. "I love them because I didn't have a childhood … I feel their pain … 'Heal the World,' 'We Are the World,' 'Will You Be There,' 'The Lost Children.' These are the songs I've written because I hurt," Jackson said sleepily.

When Jackson's brother, Jermaine, who was present in the courtroom, heard the recording, he wiped tears from his eyes.

Listen to the recording here