Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie: We Are the World

Creator: Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie wrote the song “We Are The World” as a charity single in 1985. It was performed by the supergroup USA for Africa and sold over 20 million copies. The project was instigated by Harry Belafonte and Ken Kragen who selected Jackson and Richie to author the song.

Purpose: The song was created to support African famine relief and followed from the success of Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

We Are The World Manifesto

 

There comes a time when we hear 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
Their 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

[Chorus:]
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 stones to bread
So we all must lend a helping hand

[Chorus]

When you’re down and out, there seems no hope at all
But if you just believe there’s no way we can fall
Let us realize that a change can only come
When we stand together as one

[Chorus]

Source

We Are The World on Wikipedia

Video on You Tube

Lyrics for We Are The World from AZLyrics.com

 

 

 

Midnight Oil: Beds Are Burning

Midnight Oil: Beds Are Burning

Creator: Song written and performed by Australian band Midnight Oil composed of James Moginie, Robert Hirst, Peter Gifford and Peter Garrett, released in 1987.

Purpose:

“Beds Are Burning” is a political song about giving native Australian lands back to the Pintupi, who were among the very last people to come in from the desert. (Wikipedia). The song was also used as the first ever global music petition for Climate Change in 2009 as the “Tck Tck Tck, Time for Climate Justice” campaign.

 

Song Manifesto: Beds Are Burning

© Midnight Oil 1987

 

Out where the river broke

The blood wood and the desert oak

Holden wrecks and boiling diesels

Steam in forty five degrees

 

The time has come

To say fair’s fair

To pay the rent

To pay our share

 

The time has come

A fact’s a fact

It belongs to them

Let’s give it back

 

How can we dance when our earth is turning

How do we sleep while our beds are burning

How can we dance when our earth is turning

How do we sleep while our beds are burning

 

The time has come

To say fair’s fair

To pay the rent, now

To pay our share

 

Four wheels scare the cockatoos

From Kintore East to Yuendemu

The western desert lives and breathes

In forty five degrees

 

The time has come

To say fair’s fair

To pay the rent

To pay our share

The time has come

A fact’s a fact

It belongs to them

Let’s give it back

 

How can we dance when our earth is turning

How do we sleep while our beds are burning

How can we dance when our earth is turning

How do we sleep while our beds are burning

 

The time has come

To say fair’s fair

To pay the rent, now

To pay our share

The time has come

A fact’s a fact

It belongs to them

We’re gonna give it back

 

How can we dance when our earth is turning

How do we sleep while our beds are burning

 

Source

Official Midnight Oil Website

Song Lyrics from sing365.com

Official Midnight Oil Music Video from YouTube

Beds are Burning Background on Wikipedia

Midnight Oil on Wikipedia

Les Miserables: Do You Hear the People Sing?

Creator: French composer Claude-Michel Schonberg created the song as part of the musical Les Miserables.

Purpose: The story is based on the novel Les Miserables by Victor Hugo and the song reflects the desire to spark the French Revolution.

Song Manifesto

Les Miserable Song manifestoDo You Hear the People Sing?

ENJOLRAS
Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

COMBEFERRE
Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?
Courfeyrac:
Then join in the fight
That will give you the right to be free!

ALL
Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

FEUILLY
Will you give all you can give
So that our banner may advance
Some will fall and some will live
Will you stand up and take your chance?
The blood of the martyrs
Will water the meadows of France!

ALL
Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

Source

Wikipedia and Songs from Les Miserables

Wikipedia and Les Miserables

YouTube Song Video: http://youtu.be/x6-5g78Nr6Q

Rousing alternative YouTube Video with slightly different lyrics to above: http://youtu.be/FmaTNf4YhEs

Thanks to Bill Jennings for suggesting this one

 

John Farnham: You’re The Voice

John Farnham: You're The Voice

Creator: “You’re the Voice” is a song written by Andy Qunta, Keith Reid, Maggie Ryder and Chris Thompson for John Farnham. It was recorded in 1986 and released on his album “Whispering Jack”.

Purpose: The song is about standing up to make your family and the world work a little better.

Song Manifesto

John Farnham: Whispering JackWe have

The chance to turn the pages over

We can write what we want to write

We gotta make ends meet, before we get much older

 

We’re all someone’s daughter

We’re all someone’s son

How long can we look at each other

Down the barrel of a gun?

 

Chorus:

You’re the voice, try and understand it

Make a noise and make it clear

Oh-o-o-o, whoa-o-o-o!

We’re not gonna sit in silence

We’re not gonna live with fear

Oh-o-o-o, whoa-o-o-o!

 

This time

We know we all stand together

With the power to be powerful

Believing, we can make it better

 

Oooooooh,

We’re all someone’s daughter

We’re all someone’s son

How long can we look at each other

Down the barrel of a gun?…

 

You’re the voice, try and understand it

Make a noise and make it clear

Oh-o-o-o, whoa-o-o-o!

We’re not gonna sit in silence

We’re not gonna live with fear

Oh-o-o-o, whoa-o-o-o!

 

{Instrumental[Bag Pipes(Tin Whistle)]}

 

Ooooooh

We’re all someone’s daughter

We’re all someone’s son

How long can we look at each other

Down the barrel of a gun?…

 

You’re the voice, try and understand it

Make a noise and make it clear

Oh-o-o-o, whoa-o-o-o!

We’re not gonna sit in silence

We’re not gonna live with fear

Oh-o-o-o, whoa-o-o-o!

(repeat until end of song)

 

Source

Original Song Video: http://youtu.be/KxlE7yCSHAM

Song Lyrics: http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/you%27re-the-voice-lyrics-john-farnham/e9f84d430c37581048256aa9001e6d9f

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You%27re_the_Voice

Official John Farnham website: http://www.johnfarnham.com.au/

 

Rose Tattoo: We Can’t Be Beaten

Rose Tattoo: We Can't Be Beaten

Creator: Rose Tattoo’s song ‘We Can’t Be Beaten’ was released in 1982

Purpose: An anthem to “make the streets free”. (song lyrics)

Song Manifesto

If ya wanna be in my gang, stand up with me
We’ll start a revolution and make the streets free
We’ll never weaken, we’ll give it our best
Can’t be defeated, we’re better than the rest

Shoulder to shoulder, we’re gonna stand
We’re gonna fight to the very last man
Can’t be defeated, don’t know the word
Shoulder to shoulder, we’ll fight the world

We can’t be beaten, what’ll we tell ’em boys
We can’t be beaten

There comes a time, when every man must fight
When he believes in justice and right
He’ll take so much till he’ll take no more
They’ll hear us coming when they hear the mighty roar

Shoulder to shoulder, we’re gonna stand
We’re gonna fight to the very last man
Can’t be defeated, don’t know the word
Shoulder to shoulder, we’ll fight the world

We can’t be beaten, Let me hear ya
We can’t be beaten, Sing it out loud
We can’t be beaten, We’ll tell the world
We can’t be beaten

Now listen, everybody out there that really cares
You gotta realize that you’re the real power
We can rule the streets
It’s just up to you and me

Can’t be defeated, don’t know the word
Shoulder to shoulder, we’ll fight the world

‘Cause
We can’t be beaten, hey hey
We can’t be beaten, you gotta believe it
We can’t be beaten, they’ll soon find out
We can’t be beaten, no
We can’t be beaten
We can’t be beaten, when they hear our voice
We can’t be beaten, they’ll hear us comin’
We can’t be beaten, we’ve got the cause to fight

Source

Official Band Website: http://www.rosetattoo.com.au/

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Tattoo

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZZnhBQXRaI

Lyrics: http://www.lyricstime.com/rose-tattoo-we-can-t-be-beaten-lyrics.html

 

 

Bobby McFerrin: Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Creator: Bobby McFerrin released the song ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ in 1998 (Capitol Records) and it rose to #1 on Billboard and won a Grammy for Song of the Year in 1989.

Purpose: The saying ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ was made famous by Meher Baba. And McFerrin wrote the song because it was a “…pretty neat philosophy in four words”. (Wikipedia)

Song Manifesto

Bobby McFerrin: Don't Worry Be HappyHere is a little song I wrote

You might want to sing it note for note

Don’t worry be happy

In every life we have some trouble

When you worry you make it double

Don’t worry, be happy……

 

Ain’t got no place to lay your head

Somebody came and took your bed

Don’t worry, be happy

The land lord say your rent is late

He may have to litigate

Don’t worry, be happy

Lood at me I am happy

Don’t worry, be happy

Here I give you my phone number

When you worry call me

I make you happy

Don’t worry, be happy

Ain’t got no cash, ain’t got no style

Ain’t got not girl to make you smile

But don’t worry be happy

Cause when you worry

Your face will frown

And that will bring everybody down

So don’t worry, be happy (now)…..

 

There is this little song I wrote

I hope you learn it note for note

Like good little children

Don’t worry, be happy

Listen to what I say

In your life expect some trouble

But when you worry

You make it double

Don’t worry, be happy……

Don’t worry don’t do it, be happy

Put a smile on your face

Don’t bring everybody down like this

Don’t worry, it will soon past

Whatever it is

Don’t worry, be happy

Source

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_Worry,_Be_Happy

Lyrics: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/onehitwonders/dontworrybehappylyrics.html

John Schumann: I Was Only 19

Vietnam War - I Was Only 19

Creator: John Schumann, songwriter and member of Australian folk-rock band Redgum. The song was recorded in 1983.

Purpose: To draw attention to the experience of Australian soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War.

Manifesto

I Was Only 19 (A Walk in the Light Green) John Schumann: Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd


Mum and Dad and Denny saw the passing out parade at Puckapunyal,

(It was long march from cadets).

The Sixth Battalion was the next to tour and it was me who drew the card…

We did Canungra and Shoalwater before we left.

 

And Townsville lined the footpath as we marched down to the quay;

This clipping from the paper shows us young and strong and clean;

And there’s me in my slouch hat, with my SLR and greens…

God help me, I was only nineteen.

 

From Vung Tau riding Chinooks to the dust at Nui Dat,

I’d been in and out of choppers now for months.

But we made our tents a home, VB and pin-ups on the lockers,

and an Asian orange sunset through the scrub.

 

And can you tell me, doctor, why I still can’t get to sleep?

And night time’s just a jungle dark and a barking M16?

And what’s this rash that comes and goes, can you tell me what it means?

God help me, I was only nineteen.

 

A four week operation, when each step could mean your last one on two legs:

it was a war within yourself.

But you wouldn’t let your mates down ’til they had you dusted off,

so you closed your eyes and thought about something else.

 

Then someone yelled out “Contact”‘, and the bloke behind me swore.

We hooked in there for hours, then a God almighty roar;

Frankie kicked a mine the day that mankind kicked the moon:

– God help me, he was going home in June.

 

I can still see Frankie, drinking tinnies in the Grand Hotel

on a thirty-six hour rec.leave in Vung Tau.

And I can still hear Frankie lying screaming in the jungle.

‘Till the morphine came and killed the bloody row

 

And the Anzac legends didn’t mention mud and blood and tears,

and stories that my father told me never seemed quite real

I caught some pieces in my back that I didn’t even feel…

God help me, I was only nineteen.

 

And can you tell me, doctor, why I still can’t get to sleep?

And why the Channel Seven chopper chills me to my feet?

And what’s this rash that comes and goes, can you tell me what it means?

God help me, I was only nineteen.

Recorded under Redgum’s name in 1983 but from Redgum only Hugh McDonald and John Schumann performed on the track. Other instruments were played by Brian Czempinski, Trevor Lucas and Peter Coughlin.

Sources

John Schumann’s website and lyrics: http://www.schumann.com.au/john/lyrics.html

The story behind the song: http://www.schumann.com.au/john/articles.html

Song Promo Video: http://youtu.be/Urtiyp-G6jY

Image: Australian Soldiers at Nui Dat, http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/veterans-chance-for-vietnam-peace/story-e6freuzr-1225860405938

Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On

Marvin Gaye Whats Going On

Creator: Marvin Gaye’s music album What’s Going On was released in 1971 by Tamla Records. The single What’s Going On was co-written by Al Cleveland, Obie Benson and Marvin Gaye.

Purpose: The song was written to raise political awareness of the effects of the Vietnam War.

Manifesto

Mother, mother

There’s too many of you crying

Brother, brother, brother

There’s far too many of you dying

You know we’ve got to find a way

To bring some lovin’ here today – Ya

 

Father, father

We don’t need to escalate

You see, war is not the answer

For only love can conquer hate

You know we’ve got to find a way

To bring some lovin’ here today

 

Picket lines and picket signs

Don’t punish me with brutality

Talk to me, so you can see

Oh, what’s going on

What’s going on

Ya, what’s going on

Ah, what’s going on

 

In the mean time

Right on, baby

Right on

Right on

 

Father, father, everybody thinks we’re wrong

Oh, but who are they to judge us

Simply because our hair is long

Oh, you know we’ve got to find a way

To bring some understanding here today

Oh

 

Picket lines and picket signs

Don’t punish me with brutality

Talk to me

So you can see

What’s going on

Ya, what’s going on

Tell me what’s going on

I’ll tell you what’s going on – Uh

Right on baby

Right on baby

Source

General: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What%27s_Going_On

Lyrics: http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/thebigchill/whatsgoingon.htm

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Helen Reddy: I Am Woman

Helen Reddy: I Am Woman

Creator: Cowritten by Helen Reddy and Ray Burton in 1970.

Purpose: To express Reddy’s passion for empowering females. This song became an anthem for the women’s liberation movement.

Manifesto

I am Woman

I am woman, hear me roar

In numbers too big to ignore

And I know too much to go back an’ pretend

‘Cause I’ve heard it all before

And I’ve been down there on the floor

No one’s ever gonna keep me down again

 

Oh yes, I am wise

But it’s wisdom born of pain

Yes, I’ve paid the price

But look how much I gained

If I have to

I can do anything

I am strong (strong)

I am invincible (invincible)

I am woman

 

You can bend but never break me

‘Cause it only serves to make me

More determined to achieve my final goal

And I come back even stronger

Not a novice any longer

‘Cause you’ve deepened the conviction in my soul

 

Oh, yes, I am wise

But it’s wisdom born of pain

Yes, I’ve paid the price

But look how much I gained

If I have to

I can face anything

I am strong (strong)

I am invincible (invincible)

I am woman

 

I am woman watch me grow

See me standing toe to toe

As I spread my lovin’ arms across the land

But I’m still an embryo

With a long, long way to go

Until I make my brother understand

 

Oh, yes, I am wise

But it’s wisdom born of pain

Yes, I’ve paid the price

But look how much I gained

If I have to

I can face anything

I am strong (strong)

I am invincible (invincible)

I am woman

 

Oh, I am woman

I am invincible

I am strong

 

I am woman

I am invincible

I am strong

I am woman

Source

General: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Am_Woman

Lyrics: http://www.lyricstime.com/helen-reddy-i-am-woman-lyrics.html

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Bob Dylan: Hurricane

Bob Dylan: Hurricane (song)

Creator: Co-written by Bob Dylan and Jacques Levy in 1975.

Purpose: The song protests the 1966 imprisonment of Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter and suggests racism played a significant role in his court trial and subsequent conviction. In 1985, all charges against Carter were dropped and he was released from jail.

Manifesto

Hurricane Song Lyrics

Pistols shots ring out in the bar room night

Enter Patty Valentine from the upper hall

She sees the bartender in a pool of blood

Cries out “My God they killed them all”

Here comes the story of the Hurricane

The man the authorities came to blame

For something that he never done

Put him in a prison cell but one time he could-a been

The champion of the world.

 

Three bodies lying there does Patty see

And another man named Bello moving around mysteriously

“I didn’t do it” he says and he throws up his hands

“I was only robbing the register I hope you understand

I saw them leaving” he says and he stops

“One of us had better call up the cops”

And so Patty calls the cops

And they arrive on the scene with their red lights flashing

In the hot New Jersey night.

 

Meanwhile far away in another part of town

Rubin Carter and a couple of friends are driving around

Number one contender for the middleweight crown

Had no idea what kinda shit was about to go down

When a cop pulled him over to the side of the road

Just like the time before and the time before that

In Patterson that’s just the way things go

If you’re black you might as well not shown up on the street

‘Less you wanna draw the heat.

 

Alfred Bello had a partner and he had a rap for the cops

Him and Arthur Dexter Bradley were just out prowling around

He said “I saw two men running out they looked like middleweights

They jumped into a white car with out-of-state plates”

And Miss Patty Valentine just nodded her head

Cop said “Wait a minute boys this one’s not dead”

So they took him to the infirmary

And though this man could hardly see

They told him that he could identify the guilty men.

 

Four in the morning and they haul Rubin in

They took him to the hospital and they brought him upstairs

The wounded man looks up through his one dying eye

Says “Wha’d you bring him in here for ? He ain’t the guy!”

Yes here comes the story of the Hurricane

The man the authorities came to blame

For something that he never done

Put in a prison cell but one time he could-a been

The champion of the world.

 

Four months later the ghettos are in flame

Rubin’s in South America fighting for his name

While Arthur Dexter Bradley’s still in the robbery game

And the cops are putting the screws to him looking for somebody to blame

“Remember that murder that happened in a bar ?”

“Remember you said you saw the getaway car?”

“You think you’d like to play ball with the law ?”

“Think it might-a been that fighter you saw running that night ?”

“Don’t forget that you are white”.

 

Arthur Dexter Bradley said “I’m really not sure”

Cops said “A boy like you could use a break

We got you for the motel job and we’re talking to your friend Bello

Now you don’t wanta have to go back to jail be a nice fellow

You’ll be doing society a favour

That sonofabitch is brave and getting braver

We want to put his ass in stir

We want to pin this triple murder on him

He ain’t no Gentleman Jim”.

 

Rubin could take a man out with just one punch

But he never did like to talk about it all that much

It’s my work he’d say and I do it for pay

And when it’s over I’d just as soon go on my way

Up to some paradise

Where the trout streams flow and the air is nice

And ride a horse along a trail

But then they took him to the jailhouse

Where they try to turn a man into a mouse.

 

All of Rubin’s cards were marked in advance

The trial was a pig-circus he never had a chance

The judge made Rubin’s witnesses drunkards from the slums

To the white folks who watched he was a revolutionary bum

And to the black folks he was just a crazy nigger

No one doubted that he pulled the trigger

And though they could not produce the gun

The DA said he was the one who did the deed

And the all-white jury agreed.

 

Rubin Carter was falsely tried

The crime was murder one guess who testified

Bello and Bradley and they both… oh they lied

And the newspapers they all went along for the ride

How can the life of such a man

Be in the palm of some fool’s hand ?

To see him obviously framed

Couldn’t help but make me feel ashamed to live in a land

Where justice is a game.

 

Now all the criminals in their coats and their ties

Are free to drink martinis and watch the sun rise

While Rubin sits like Buddha in a ten-foot cell

An innocent man in a living hell

That’s the story of the Hurricane

But it won’t be over till they clear his name

And give him back the time he’s done

Put him in a prison cell but one time he could-a been

The champion of the world.

Source

General: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_%28song%29

Lyrics: http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/hurricane-lyrics-bob-dylan/2e9ffb25ff6016164825696900386aa4

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