P Diddy:
What's Going On

Jermaine Dupri:
Tell Me

P Diddy:
People Dying
People Crying
Lord help us

Bono:
Mother, mother
There's too many of you crying

Gwen Stefani:
Oh, brother, brother, brother
There's far too many of you dying

Jermaine Dupri:
That's Right

Aaron Lewis:
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today

Nona Gaye:
Oh my father, father
We don't need to escalate

Backstreet Boys:
You see war is not the answer

Nona Gaye/Backstreet Boys:
For only love can conquer hate

Christina Aguilera:
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today

Britney Spears:
Barricades, can't block our way

J-Lo:
Don't punish me with brutality

Destiny's Child:
Talk to me
So you can see

Destiny's Child/Britney Spears:
(First Chorus)
Oh what's going on
What's going on
Yeah what's going on
Ahh what's going on

Ja Rule:
What's going on in a world filled with pain
Where's the love for which we pray
What's going on
When our children can't play
Homeless can't eat
There's got to be a better way
What's going on
When we politically blind
Can't see the signs of endangered times
What's going on

Nelly Furtado:
What's goin' on in the world today.
I'd rather be dead than to turn my head away
We got this first world vision too
Comfy to lift up our hands in the air
And cry for a switch

Michael Stipe:
Father, father

P Diddy:
Father help us, come on

Michael Stipe:
Everybody thinks we're wrong

Alicia Keys:
Oh, but who are they to judge us
Together we can all be strong

P Diddy:
United we stand, United we fall

N'Sync:
Oh you know we've got to find a way

Mary J. Blige:
To bring some understanding here today

N'Sync:
Barricades can't block our way

Darren Hayes (Savage Garden):
Don't punish me with brutality

N'Sync:
Baby talk to me
So you can see

(Second chorus)
Yeah, what's going on
Hey, what's going on
Somebody tell me what's going on
I'll tell you what's goin' on-uh

Nelly:
What's going on 'cross seas
Every minute a child dies by this disease
In record numbers indeed
Got momma's crying out please
My baby hold on
My child ain't done nothing wrong
Still I want to holler
Ask them why they don't bother
Oh no, oh no
Make me turn to my father
And ask him why they all got a trapped soul

Nas:
I can feel what was bothering Marvin
Why his words forever remain
Dealing with these modern day problems
'Cause of ignorance surrounding me and my constituents
Too many infected
Too many lives diminishing
Nobody say Protestants, Jews, Blacks, and Whites, Latinos and Asians
Pray together
Less fight
We better unite
As genocide chemical war
And the rich and the poor
Know that God delivers a cure

Eve:
It's a shame our reality is devastating
Peopne praying for a cure
Dying while they're waiting
Ask the Lord for the comfort and strength to face it
All the kids with dreams
Won't get the chance to chase it
Makes me sad
Think about the lives they would've had
Think about the orphan babies got no moms and dads
How can we sit back and not try to make"it right
We gotta come together
We gotta fight for life

Fred Durst:
Somebody tell me what's going0on
(what's going on)
We got human beings using humans for a bomb
But everyone wanna live
Don't nobody really want to die
You feeling me right
I can't be watching people die
(die)
And watching people cry
Let me break it down for a minute
If there's enough room here for you and me
There's plenty of room for some humanity

Somebody tell me what's going on
(what's going on)
Somebody tell me what's going on
(what's going on)
Somebody tell me what's going on
(what's going on)
Somebody tell me what's going on
(what's going on)
Somebody tell me what's going on
(what's going on)
Somebody tell me what's going on
(what's going on)
Somebody tell me what's going on
(what's going on)
Somebody tell me what's going on
(what's going on)


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    this song has a lot of meaning, but it actually sux u know, has lots of stars but they only sing one fuckin line or tow exept the rappers

    slim883on May 30, 2002   Link
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    This song is a variety of artists' way of reaching people. Such an eclectic group has some appeal. Being that it is a remake (somewhat) of an older song shows that the problems that people face today are in many ways the same as years ago. Each generation is faced with trying to deal with these things as best they can. The best thing I can say as to the meaning of this song is to watch the movie Pay it Forward.

    TheThinkeron June 30, 2002   Link
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    This song is awesome, and it's beyond amazing how so many artists came together, laid aside their differences, and did one of the things they like the most; sang. And dedicated it to September 11th. Pay it Forward is just as beautiful as that.

    P!NK'sLilRebell!onon July 02, 2002   Link
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    i don't really think that's Destiny's Child in there or Savage Garden either. I think I might gather a bunch of my friends and go sing this for the annual school talent show.

    P!NK'sLilRebell!onon July 02, 2002   Link
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    fred durst is a complete moron, in here he says "But everyone wanna live Don't nobody really want to die You feeling me right I can't be watching people die (die) And watching people cry Let me break it down for a minute If there's enough room here for you and me There's plenty of room for some humanity" . have u heard the song break stuff that he sings? he talks about killing people with his chainsaw and breaking peoples faces and stuff, this guy is such a hipocrit, anyone else agree with me?

    bmxpunkon August 04, 2002   Link
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    well bmx punk he sings dat stuff but its only lyrics and things he writes to attacrt people ... dis song is for sept 11, and when he sings he here he shows he has heart and he means it....... but i also see what u r saying .... but otherwise da song is great

    LiLsExYmAmAon August 21, 2002   Link
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    im terribly sorry to step on anyones toes but this song was actually recorded and made before september 11th, it was originally this generations "band-aid we are the world" and the proceeds were going to benefit the search for a cure for aids, and right before it was released september 11th occured so they made the music video of clips from the news from septemeber 11th and their recording sessions, i believe only 25% of the proceeds went to the september 11th fund and the remaining went to aids research and if you dont believe go out and buy the album

    crimson_fearson July 03, 2005   Link

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