"We Are the World" is a song and charity single originally recorded by the supergroup USA for Africa in 1985. This page provides information about the song and links to the lyrics and the official video.
Beginner and intermediate students.
Facts about the song
We are the world
We are the world
- Date of release:
March 7, 1985
- Length of the song:
7 minutes and 15 seconds.
Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie
- Produced by:
Quincy Jones, Michael Omartian
Interesting information about the song
Before the writing of "We Are the World", American entertainer and social activist Harry Belafonte had sought for some time to have a song recorded by the most famous artists in the music industry at the time. He planned to have the proceeds donated to a new organization called United Support of Artists for Africa (USA for Africa). The non-profit foundation would then feed and relieve starving people in Africa, specifically Ethiopia, where around one million people died during the country's 1983–1985 famine.
Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie were contacted and began creating the song at Hayvenhurst, the Jackson family home in Encino. For a week, the two spent every night working on lyrics and melodies in the singer's bedroom. They knew that they wanted a song that would be easy to sing and memorable. The pair wanted to create an anthem.
The song includes many interesting language points:
Eexpressions that may be useful to students:
- There comes a time
When we head a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying
And it's time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all
- We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving.