The video showed up in my Youtube sidebar for some reason. I can no longer even think of this song without PJ O'Rourke's comments on it.
We are the world [solipsism], we are the children [average age forty].
We are the ones to make a brighter day [unproven], so let’s start giving [logical inference supplied without argument].
There’s a choice we’re making, so let’s start giving [true as far as it goes].
We’re saving our own lives [absurd].
It’s true we’ll make a better day [see line 2 above],
Just you and me [statistically unlikely].
That’s three palpable untruths, two dubious assertions, and nine
uses of a first person pro-noun, not a single reference to trouble and
anybody in it and no facts. The verse contains, literally, neither rhyme
nor reason. And these musical riots of philanthropy address themselves
to the wrong problems