With MTV celebrating its 30th birthday this week, I thought it appropriate to feature a song and video that wouldn’t have existed without them.  “We are the World” is perhaps the biggest and boldest musical collaboration of our time.  The sheer number of stars in this video is overwhelming, and the song is as inspiring as many of the people who helped to sing it.

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 can’t go on 
Pretending day by day 
That someone, somewhere will soon make a change 
We are all a part of 
God’s great big family 
And the truth, you know love is all we need 

We are the world 
We are the children 
We are the ones who make a brighter day 
So let’s start giving 
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 

Send them your heart 
So they’ll know that someone cares 
And their lives will be stronger and free 
As God has shown us by turning stone to bread 
So we all must lend a helping hand 

When you’re down and out 
There seems no hope at all 
But if you just believe 
There’s no way we can fall 
Well, well, well, well, let us realize 
That a change will only come 
When we stand together as one

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