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'Everybody Hurts' vs 'We Are The World' - Battle Of The Haitian Charity Songs

Here are the lyrics and the artists who sang the original (note: the remake may take liberties with these lyrics to customize the words for the Haiti Relief Fund).

Lyrics:
There comes a time when we heed a certain call (Lionel Richie)
When the world must come together as one (Lionel Richie & 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/Kenny Rogers)

We can't go on pretending day by day (Kenny Rogers)
That someone, somewhere 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/Billy Joel)

  (CHORUS)
  We are the world, we are the children
  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/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/Willie Nelson)
As God has shown us by turning stone to bread (Willie Nelson)
And so we all must lend a helping hand (Al Jarreau)

  (REPEAT CHORUS)
  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)
  Oh 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)
  We are the world, we are the children (Everyone)
  We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving (Everyone)
  There's a choice we're making we're saving our own lives (Everyone)
  It's true we'll make a better day just you and me (Everyone)

  (REPEAT CHORUS)
  We are the world, we are the children (Everyone)
  We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving (Everyone)
  There's a choice we're making we're saving our own lives (Bob Dylan)
  It's true we'll make a better day just you and me (Bob Dylan)

  (REPEAT CHORUS)
  We are the world, we are the children (Everyone)
  We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving (Everyone)
  There's a choice we're making we're saving our own lives (Everyone)
  It's true we'll make a better day just you and me (Everyone)

  (REPEAT CHORUS)
  We are the world, we are the children (Everyone)
  We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving (Everyone)
  Oh There's a choice we're making we're saving our own lives (Ray Charles)
  It's true we'll make a better day just you and me (Ray Charles)

  (REPEAT CHORUS)
  We are the world, we are the children (Stevie Wonder/Bruce Springsteen)
  We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving (Stevie Wonder/Bruce Springsteen)
  There's a choice we're making we're saving our own lives (Stevie Wonder)
  It's true we'll make a better day just you and me (Stevie Wonder)

  (REPEAT CHORUS)
  We are the world, we are the children (Stevie Wonder/Bruce Springsteen)
  We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving (Stevie Wonder/Bruce Springsteen)
  There's a choice we're making we're saving our own lives (Bruce Springsteen)
  It's true we'll make a better day just you and me (Bruce Springsteen)

  (REPEAT CHORUS)
  We are the world, we are the children (Everyone)
  We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving (Everyone)
  There's a choice we're making we're saving our own lives (Everyone)
  It's true we'll make a better day just you and me (Everyone)

  (REPEAT CHORUS)
  We are the world, we are the children (James Ingram)
  We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving (James Ingram)
  There's a choice we're making we're saving our own lives (Ray Charles)
  It's true we'll make a better day just you and me (Ray Charles)

  (REPEAT CHORUS)
  We are the world, we are the children (Everyone)
  We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving (Everyone)
  There's a choice we're making we're saving our own lives (Everyone/Ray Charles)
  It's true we'll make a better day just you and me (Everyone/Ray Charles)


And here is the 7 minute video of the original version available on YouTube.



An ABC news video on the “We Are The World” recording is making the rounds on social media channels. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the recording process, with brief clips from the the upated remake of the song.



So there it...two classic remakes vying for the same spotlight while donating to a worthy cause. I don't discount either effort. I think that both camps have devised noble plans which were logistical nightmares to put together. I think that assembling this many artists to donate their time and effort to two charity song releases is admirable. However, my quizzical side wonders if both songs will reinforce the other? And perhaps make one plus one equal three? Or will they somehow cancel each other out? Maybe with this much star power, these artists could have come up with one original song and combined forces to present us with one collaborative effort? 

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Comments
Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

Everybody Hurts is going to sell more than 1 million copies

The Sun's Helping Haiti single is set to become one of the biggest-selling singles in a decade as pre-orders pour in. It has shot to No 1 on website Amazon's pre-release chart. And high street retailer HMV has been inundated with requests for it. The cover of REM's Everybody Hurts is set to sell more than a million copies when it is issued on Sunday.
HMV spokesperson Gennaro Castaldo said: "Thanks to The Sun's campaign a huge support is building. "This single will dominate the charts in the weeks ahead as the biggest release of the past ten years." And the man responsible for iconic music videos from Britney Spears, U2 and Eminem has joined the campaign. Director Joseph Kahn will shoot the clip to accompany our song, performed by stars including Susan Boyle, Robbie Williams and Mariah Carey.

Feb 18, 2010
by Anonymous

which ones better

we r the world is better slthough im an englishman. USa choosed a better song 2 cover. AND MJ RULES!!!!

Feb 20, 2012
by Anonymous

christian charity

Grateful that i could hear the haiti charity songs . It will touch other hearts