Sunday, September 26, 2010

We Are The World Foundation

I know this is a little dated but during the Symposium, one of the keynote speakers re-introduced this song and now I am totally taken by this version! Instead of sharing just the video, I thought I'd share the widget from the foundation's website:


The '25' refers to the 25 years since the original recording of the song by Michael Jackson. I managed to find the lyrics with the respective singers (sorry la, I am very outdated with music so I am unable to recognise all the singers in the video):

[Justin Bieber]
There comes a time
When we heed a certain call
[Nicole Scherzinger & Jennifer Hudson]
When the world must come together as on
[Jennifer Hudson]
There are people dying
[Jennifer Nettles]
And it's time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all
[Josh Groban]
We can't go on
Pretending day by day
[Tony Bennet]
That someone, somehow will soon make a change
[Mary J. Blige]
We are all a part of God's great big family
And the truth, you know, love is all we need

[Michael Jackson]
We are the world
We are the children
[Michael and Janet Jackson]
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let's start giving
[Barbra Streisand]
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

[Miley Cyrus]
Send them your heart
So they'll know that someone cares
[Enrique Iglesias]
So their cries for help
Will not be in vain
[Nicole Scherzinger]
We can't let them suffer
No we cannot turn away
[Jamie Foxx]
Right now they need a helping hand
[Wyclef Jean]
Nou se mond la
We are the children
[Adam Levine]
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let's start giving
[Pink]
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
[BeBe Winans]
It's true we'll make a better day
Just you and me

[Michael Jackson]
When you're down and out
There seems no hope at all
[Usher]
But if you just believe
There's no way we can fall
[Celine Dion]
Well, well, well, well, let us realise
That a change can only come
[Fergie]
When we stand together as one

[Chorus - All]
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let's start giving
[Nick Jonas]
Got to start giving
[All]
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
[Toni Braxton]
It's true we'll make a better day
Just you and me
[Mary Mary]
We are the world
We are the children
[Tony Bennet]
It's for the children
[Isaac Slade]
We are the ones who make a brighter day
[Toni Braxton]
So let's start giving

[Li'l Wayne]
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

[Chorus - All]
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let's start giving
[Akon]
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we make a better day
Just you and me

[T-Pain]
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let's start giving

[Jamie Foxx imitating Ray Charles]
Choice we're making
Saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day
Just you and me

[Rapping - LL Cool J., Will.I.Am, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beatz]
We all need somebody that we can lean on
When you wake up look around and see that your dreams gone
When the earth quakes we'll help you make it through the storm
When the floor breaks a magic carpet to stand on
We are the world united by love so strong
When the radio isn't on you can hear the songs
A guided light on the dark road you're walking on
A signpost to find the dreams you thought was gone
Someone to help you move the obstacles you stumbled on
Someone to help you rebuild after the rubble's gone
We are the world connected by a common bond
Love the whole planet sing it along

[Wyclef Jean]
Cabarett

[Chorus - All]
[Kanye West]
Everyday citizens
Everybody pitching in

[Singing - Children & Wyclef Jean]
Nou se mond la
Nou se timoun yo

[Will.I.Am]
You and I
You and I
[Kanye West]
Uh, 12 days no water
What's your will to live?
[Will.I.Am]
We amplified the love we watching multiply
[Kanye West]
Feeling like the world's end
We can make the world win
[Will.I.Am]
Like Katrina, Africa, Indonesia
And now Haiti needs us, they need us, they need us


[Chorus - All]
[Wycelf Jean]
Haiti, Haiti, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha
Haiti, Haiti, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha
Haiti, Haiti, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha

Like Professor Hayden, the keynote speaker, I like how they added the rapping part, especially these two lines:

We are the world united by love so strong

We are the world connected by a common bond

We are all connected somehow by the unseen universal force called love. We have a natural tendency to love each other. We may all be different, but we are all similar at the same time. We all share that common bond, that bond of love. We just have to believe that we have to power to move others with the love we have.

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