Paul Nyathi|”We Are The World,” a song written and recorded in 1985 to help raise money to benefit an African famine has made a smashing comeback 35 years later in the wake of COVID-19, which has become known as the coronavirus that has become a worldwide pandemic.
The lyrics of “We are the World” seem to ring true in early 2020 just like they did when the supergroup USA for Africa first recorded the song to raise money for a famine in Ethiopia.
The song was remade in 2010—the 25th anniversary of the song—to benefit Haiti earthquake victims. Lionel Richie, who was one of the original song writers along with Michael Jackson, has spoken stated he was open to doing another version during the coronavirus times.
First, here’s what the original song is about. It’s called “We are the World,” because, as the lyrics say, “we are the children, we are the ones who make a brighter day, so let’s start living.”
“There’s a choice we’re making,
We’re saving our own lives,
It’s true we’ll make a better day, just you and me,” the lyrics continue.
USA for Africa was comprised of dozens of popular artists and other pop icons and actors in the mid-1980s, from Stevie Wonder to Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen to Diana Ross, Cyndi Lauper to Huey Lewis and, well, so many famous artists like Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, James Ingram, Kenny Rogers, Ray Charles, Dionne Warwick, Bob Dylan, Tina Turner, here’s the original video from the group.