Lionel Richie Wants to Bring Back ‘We Are the World’ for COVID-19 Victims
Y’all remember the massive 1985 hit “We Are the World?”
The Lionel Richie-written piece was performed by the decade’s most celebrated stars, like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, and more.
The song brought in $63 million to help African famine. Now, Lionel wants to revive a version of the song in memory of COVID-19 victims.
When reflecting on the lyrics, “There’s a choice we’re making, we’re saving our own lives,” Lionel opened up to People magazine.
“That line,” he started, “came about as Michael [Jackson] and I were sitting there talking. We said, you can either say, ‘I’m saving my life’ or ‘We’re saving our lives.’ ‘We Are the World’ is a statement we wanted to make. What do we do to save our own?”
Of course, like most of us, Lionel is sheltering in place with his loved ones.
“We are all hunkered down. Family is the key to this. It is the soother,” he said, adding of the song: “Two weeks ago, we said we didn’t want to do too much [about the song] because this is not the time to sell an anniversary. But the message is so clear.”
The legend added that he wants to do another version of the song, but “every time I try and write another message, I write those same words,” he explained.
Well, whatever he decides to do, all we have to say is that this world needs this.