"We Are the World" is a single Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie co-wrote with the goal of bringing much-needed attention to areas in Africa, Ethopia particularly, which had been devastated by drought, leading to the starvation of millions. Jackson and Richie sought to use their influence to reach people through music, raising both awareness and money for people desperately trying to survive. Long before the days of social media and almost instant global news, this level of influence toward relief for Africa was a historic undertaking.
The song's lyrics serve to unite people in possession of resources with those in dire need of help. The song can be summarized as follows:
There are times when the people of the world must lend a hand to help each other. People are dying in their need. We can't go on waiting for someone else in some other place to do the work that needs to be done. We should love each other. We are all connected to each other. Let's give of our resources to help each...
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