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We Are The World

Columbia Records

I tried to tell them that I didn’t want to sing. But I’d gladly write a song instead

4 The Tears In Your Eyes is written by Prince and performed by Prince & the Revolution for inclusion into the US fund raising album We Are The World. Prince was unable to participate in the main single’s recording due to scheduling commitments for the Purple Rain Tour and instead performed his own specially written song as his contribution.

The song was recorded outside the New Orleans Superdome, the location of tour at that time, on 2 February 1985 during a free day on tour, using a mobile studio set up outside. The footage of this performance was televised on the night of the LiveAid concert. It is also Prince’s first contribution to a compilation album.

An acoustic version of 4 The Tears In Your Eyes was later released on 13 September 1993 on The Hits / The B-Sides triple album, the same CD on which Hello also appears. Due to his non-participation at LiveAid Prince wrote Hello in response to the negative press he had consequently received: “We’re against hungry children, our record stands tall, but there’s just as much hunger here at home” he sings in Hello. Hello was a non-album track originally released as a B-side to Pop Life on 10 July 1985.


Vocals and guitar
Vocals and guitar
Wendy Melvoin
Lisa Coleman
Matt "Dr" Fink
Bobby Z
Mark Brown


Columbia Records
Columbia Records
John Coulter
36 years, 0 months ago on 23 April 1985
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  1. We Are The World [by USA for Africa] (7:02)
  2. If Only For A Moment, Girl [by Steve Perry] (3:44)
  3. Just A Little Closer [by The Pointer Sisters] (3:53)
  4. Trapped [by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band] (5:11)
  5. Tears Are Not Enough [by Northern Lights] (4:21)
  6. 4 The Tears In Your Eyes [feat. Lisa Coleman & Wendy Melvoin] (2:45) 1
  7. Good For Nothing [by Chicago] (3:35)
  8. Total Control [by Tina Turner] (3:38)
  9. A Little More Love [by Kenny Rogers] (2:54)
  10. Trouble In Paradise [by Huey Lewis & the News] (4:34)

1 Written and produced by Prince. Performed by Prince & the Revolution.

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