“Love Song to the Earth” was released on Friday, September 4, 2015 to support the United Nations Foundation and Friends of the Earth call to action on climate change. Sixteen artists came together at the Henson Studios in Los Angeles to record the song: Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Fergie, Colbie Caillat, Natasha Bedingfield, Leona Lewis, Sean Paul, Johnny Rzeznik, Krewella, Angelique Kidjo, Kelsea Ballerini, Nicole Scherzinger, Christina Grimmie, Victoria Justice and Q’Orianka Kilcher.
“We wanted to create a song to unify voices in a positive uplifting chorus to support the world’s leaders as they gather in Paris this December,” Jerry Cope, the song’s executive director and co-director/producer of the video, told Rolling Stone in September. “We wanted to finally forge a binding ambitious global climate treaty to address carbon emissions and anthropogenic [effects] that is resulting from human behavior climate change.”
A lyric video was also released on September 4.
The official video premiered this month at the UN COP21 climate change summit in Paris. McCartney appears in the clip alongside Sean Paul, Natasha Bedingfield and others.
McCartney was also quoted in Rolling Stone about his role in the film:
“I’m glad to be a part of ‘Love Song to the Earth,’ aiming to inspire people across the world to urge their leaders to act on climate change,” McCartney said in a statement prior to the Paris climate talks. “We need to be fast and efficient, switching to renewable energy and eating less meat, for example. Big decisions will be made this week, so I am doing everything I can to make sure governments sign up to an agreement, which can protect our planet. Now is the time to act. So please spread the woes and help keep our planet safe!”
Paul McCartney and “Love Song to the Earth” executive producer Jerry Cope (Photo: Trey Fanjoy)
The new anthem joins the ranks of well-known super group charities like Band Aid’s 1984 “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” which also featured McCartney, and Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie’s 1985, “We Are the World,” which raised money for African humanitarian aide. “We Are World” has raised over $63 million dollars in donations.
The beautifully, majestic visuals depicted in the official video of “Love Song,” may remind many observers of Michael Jackson’s dynamic, “Earth Song,” which was released on the 1995 HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book 1. Both songs share the same urgent message, yet each delivers in its own unique way.
Love Song’s message is gentle and beautiful in its approach. McCartney and his fellow artists urge us to learn to care and love this beautiful world and all the splendor therein. It’s mission is to bring awareness to change the course that we are on. In today’s instant, fast-paced environment, its easy to take what we have for granted.
The song’s co-writer, Natasha Bedingfield, added: “Many people turn a blind eye arguing that everything is OK environmentally. The song reminds us that having ownership of our world means taking care of it. With this song we wanted to talk about the environment in a way that would help people feel empowered to do something rather than be paralyzed by fear.”
Earth Song’s thunderbolt delivery of Mother Nature’s plight will shake your very core as it tackles many themes such as care of the environment, war, pollution, deforestation and animal cruelty. Shy Michael is gone. His clothing is worn and tattered as he digs his hands in the earth’s precious soil and lifts it up to the sky. He expresses his heartfelt anguish and disappointment over the condition of the planet as he screams to the heavens:
Where did we go wrong
Someone tell me why?
Michael pulls no punches. His anger has reached its peak as he vehemently stomps the ground, bluntly asking his audience:
“Do we really give a damn?”
As he wails his lament, the earth is gradually restored from the forces that have destroyed it and its displaced inhabitants. His vision shows us how it would be if we would stop abusing the planet.
Here’s how Michael explains how he came up with the song:
“I remember writing ‘Earth Song’ when I was in Austria, in a hotel. And I was feeling so much pain and so much suffering of the plight of the Planet Earth. And for me, this is Earth’s Song, because I think nature is trying so hard to compensate for man’s mismanagement of the Earth. And with the ecological unbalance going on, and a lot of the problems in the environment, I think earth feels the pain, and she has wounds, and it’s about some of the joys of the planet as well. But this is my chance to pretty much let people hear the voice of the planet. And this is ‘Earth Song.’ And that’s what inspired it. And it just suddenly dropped into my lap when I was on tour in Austria.”
Michael’s love for environment was a life-passion:
“I like to hear the sound of water and birds chirping and laughter. I love all the real natural, innocent things.”
Even as Michael was preparing for the This is It tour, this was one of his last messages that he wanted to get across to everyone.
“I respect the secrets and magic of nature. That’s why it makes me so angry when I see these things that are happening, that every second, I hear, the size of a football field is torn down in the Amazon. I mean, that kind of stuff really bothers me. That’s why I write these kinds of songs, you know. It gives some sense of awareness and awakening and hope to people. I love the Planet, I love the trees. I have this thing for trees – the colors and changing of leaves. I love it. I respect those kind of things.
“I really feel that nature is trying so hard to compensate for man’s mismanagement of the planet. Because the planet is sick, like a fever. If we don’t fix it now, it’s at the point of no return. This is our last chance to fix this problem that we have, or it’s like a runway train. And the times has come, This Is It. People are always saying, ‘They’ll take care of it. The government’ll–Don’t worry, they’ll–‘ ‘They’ who? It starts with us. It’s us. Or else it’ll never be done…We have four years to get it right. After that it would be irreversible. Let’s take care of the planet.”
Though the messenger is no longer with us, his poetic words and songs are as still relevant as they were when created.
No matter which song you prefer, the message is clear: we must all do our part to save the world we live in before it’s too late.
“Love Song to the Earth,” is available for purchase. Proceeds from the song will benefit Friends of the Earth and the UN Foundation.
For more information about this endeavor, visit lovesongtotheearth.org
Sources: All Things Michael |LoveSongToThe Earth.org