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Lionel Richie Thinks It’s Time to Revisit “We Are the World” Amid Coronavirus Crisis

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 23: Lionel Richie attends an event honoring Sir Lucian Grainge with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 23, 2020 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

Lionel Richie thinks it may be time to dust off the 1985 charity song “We Are the World,” which he co-wrote with the late Michael Jackson, to provide the year 2020 with it’s own unifying anthem during the coronavirus crisis, Billboard reports. Richie told People that he’s been reminded recently of the song’s chorus, which was originally written for African famine relief: “There’s a choice we’re making, we’re saving our own lives.” That line,” Richie said, “came about as Michael and I were sitting there talking. We said, you can either say, ‘I’m saving my life’ or ‘We’re saving our lives.’

The singer and American Idol judge added, “What happened in China, in Europe, it came here. So if we don’t save our brothers there, it’s going to come home. It’s all of us. All of us are in this together.”

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