'We Are The World' To Be Re-recorded To Help Haiti
February 1, 2010 at 4:30 AM (PT)
"We Are the World," the 1985 all-star song that raised funds for famine victims in AFRICA, is set to be re-recorded TODAY (2/1) in LOS ANGELES with some of the biggest stars of music looking to raise funds to help those devistated by the HAITI earthquake.
"We'll have three times as many people as we did the first time," QUINCY JONES, who returns as producer, told USA TODAY. Helping those in need "is why we did it in the first place, so why not do it now?" said JONES, who added the new version will have as much reach and fundraising success as its predecessor. "I have confidence, always. I'm so excited."
"I'm planning to be there," SMOKEY ROBINSON revealed SATURDAY. "It's a wonderful idea, not only because it's needed, but as a tribute to MICHAEL JACKSON."
The song, he said, "will hold up forever."
Reportedly appearing on the new version will be JASON MRAZ, LADY GAGA, TAYLOR SWIFT, JENNIFER NETTLES, USHER, BEYONCE, ALICIA KEYS, FERGIE, and many others.
Here are the lyrics, and which star sang then, to the original "We Are The World," written by MICHAEL JACKSON and LIONEL RICHIE -- and produced by QUINCY JONES.
There comes a time when we heed a certain call (LIONEL RICHIE)
When the world must come together as one (LIONEL RICHIE and STEVIE WONDER)
There are people dying (STEVIE WONDER)
Oh, and it's time to lend a hand to life (PAUL SIMON)
The greatest gift of all (PAUL SIMON and KENNY ROGERS)
We can't go on pretending day by day (KENNY ROGERS)
That someone, somehow will soon make a change (JAMES INGRAM)
We're all a part of God's great big family (TINA TURNER)
And the truth (BILLY JOEL)
You know love is all we need (TINA TURNER and BILLY JOEL)
We are the world, we are the children (MICHEAL JACKSON)
We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving (MICHAEL JACKSON)
There's a choice we're making we're saving our own lives (DIANA ROSS)
It's true we'll make a better day just you and me (MICHAEL JACKSON and DIANA ROSS)
Well, send'em you your heart so they know that someone cares (DIONNE WARWICK)
And their lives will be stronger and free (DIONNE WARWICK and WILLIE NELSON)
As God has shown us by turning stone to bread (WILLIE NELSON)
And so we all must lend a helping hand (AL JURREAU)
We are the world, we are the children (BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN)
We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving (KENNY LOGGINS)
There's a choice we're making we're saving our own lives (STEVE PERRY)
It's true we'll make a better day just you and me (DARYL HALL)
When you're down and out there seems no hope at all (MICHAEL JACKSON)
But if you just believe there's no way we can fall (HUEY LEWIS)
Well, well, well, let's realize that a change can only come (CYNDI LAUPER)
When we (KIM CARNES)
stand together as one (KIM CARNES, CYNDI LAUPER, HUEY LEWIS)
(Repeat Chorus and Fade)
The song then fades, with additional ad-lib singing by BOB DYLAN, RAY CHARLES, STEVIE WONDER, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, JAMES INGRAM.