Behind the Song Lyrics: “We Are the World”


Through 1983, famine used to be stretching around the African nation of Ethiopia and it could take two years earlier than the urgency of the humanitarian emergency reached the eye of the U.S., ensuing within the LiveAid live performance on July 13, 1985, and the enduring pop anthem “We Are the International.”

On March 7, 1985, the sector first heard “We Are the International,” that includes a choir of 46 of the most important names in track throughout different genres, all united to sing one track to assist make stronger the ones affected by from poverty and starvation in Africa.

Written by means of Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, “We Are the International” used to be produced by means of Quincy Jones and Jackson for the album We Are the International, which additionally featured 9 further songs together with “If Just for the Second, Lady” by means of Steve Perry, Prince & The Revolution’s  “4 the Tears in Your Eyes,” “Trapped” by means of Bruce Springsteen & the E Side road Band, and different tracks by means of Kenny Rogers, The Pointer Sisters, Chicago, Tina Turner and extra.

Proper from the start of “We Are the International” the message within the lyrics used to be transparent:

There comes a time
Once we heed a definite name
When the sector will have to come in combination as one
There are folks death
Oh, and it’s time to have the same opinion to lifestyles
The best reward of all

We will’t cross on
Pretending day-by-day
That any person, someplace quickly make a transformation
We’re all part of God’s nice large circle of relatives
And the reality, you already know, love is all we want

To make the track occur, Richie and Jackson recruited everybody from Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, Cyndi Lauper, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Billy Joel, Stevie Marvel, Steve Perry, Paul Simon, and dozens extra to assist elevate budget to make stronger the humanitarian efforts. 

Artists have been advised from the start that they’d have a solo phase and would both be on-camera solo or within the choir within the ultimate model, consistent with Richie in a up to date interview.

“Take a look at your egos on the door,” learn an indication at the studio doorways when the track used to be recorded on Jan. 28, 1985. Written by means of Jones, the signal used to be a message to special artists who have been about to go into the studio as a result of he had one evening to file the track.

In 2010, “We Are the International” used to be revisited with a reasonably new model, to help the ones impacted by means of the earthquake in Haiti and featured Justin Bieber, Barbra Streisand, Rob Thomas, Crimson, Wyclef Jean, Jamie Foxx, Jeff Bridges, and a duet between Janet Jackson and her past due brother Michael, by means of the Jackson circle of relatives’s request. 

The recording of the unique unmarried offered greater than seven million information international and generated greater than $60 million, which has been used to help Africa and Africans suffering from the famine and different important problems since 1985, consistent with USA for Africa. Based in 1985, USA for Africa has raised greater than $100,000,000 to battle poverty and starvation in Africa and inside the USA.

Requested if he would write any other “We Are the International,” Richie stated it wasn’t essential, for the reason that lyrics of the track are nonetheless related nowadays.

“You don’t want any new phrases,” stated Richie. “What we have been looking to say again then used to be ‘let’s handle our brothers and sisters over there as a result of in the future it would simply occur over right here.”

We’re the global
We’re the kids
We’re the ones who make a brighter day, so let’s get started giving
There’s a call we’re making
We’re saving our personal lives
It’s true we’ll make a greater day, simply you and me