will.i.am and Jennifer Hudson and Yoshiki join Bono for a new version of “Let Your Love Be Known”

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2020-03-24)

will.i.am has posted a new version of the song that Bono shared a few nights ago titled “Let Your Love Be Known.” The song features Bono’s original contributions, but adds additional lyrics sung by will.i.am and Jennifer Hudson, and piano by Yoshiki. The original version had featured piano by one of Bono’s sons, which can still be heard in the new mix. The new lyrics of the song are below. The song is titled with the hashtag #Sing4Life and no mention is made of the previous title.


(Lyrics by Bono)
Jennifer Hudson

Yes there was silence
Yes there was no people here
Yes I walk through the streets of Dublin
and no one was near.

We all wait for the science
To make everything clear
Now I walk down the streets of London-town
It seems like everyone’s disappeared.

Oh. No one to reach
But I can ring
You can’t touch.
But you can, you can sing…
Across rooftops
Sing down the phone
Sing and promise me you won’t stop
Sing your love be known
Oh let your love be known.

Everybody talking about isolation Sure Listening
Everybody trying not to feel the fear Oh ohh
Time’s got me worried about my occupation, damn.
I can’t buy tissue for my tears, damn.

And maybe i said the wrong thing no you didn’t no you didn’t no you didn’t no
Yes I made you smile yes you did brother.

Everybody talk about social distancing
But we just want to go in a crowd
and just dance dance
away the pain. away the pain.

You can’t touch
but you can, you can sing
Across rooftops.
Oh ho sing.
Sing to me down the phone oh oh oh
Sing and promise me you won’t stop
Sing and you’re never alone

And again
Sing as an act of resistance. c’mon
Sing though your heart is overthrown
Sing, when you sing there is no distance
So let your love be known
Oh let your love be known.

Though your heart is overthrown
Let your love be known
Oh let your love be known.

Though your heart is overthrown.
Let your love show.

will.i.am is best known for his work as a music producer and as front man for the Black Eyed Peas. He previously worked with U2 on the song “I’ll Go Crazy if I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight“ will.i.am borrowed elements of that song for his own smash hit, “I’ve Got a Feeling” with the Black Eyed Peas. He also collaborated with Bono on the charity single, “America’s Song.”

Jennifer Hudson is an American singer and actress, who got her start in 2004 on American Idol and has gone on to star in a number of films, winning an Oscar for best supporting actress in Dreamgirls. Yoshiki is a Japanese musician, songwriter and record producer. He is a member of the band X Japan, and has also recorded two classical albums, and in 2013 was named Classic Artist of the Year at the Billboard Japan Music Awards.

The new version of the song was posted on will.i.am’s YouTube account where he posted the following text, “This song was created to bring JOY..In times like these, creative people must continue to collaborate…Whether you are a computer scientist, an engineer, a Therapist or a Teacher, just because we are self-isolating or in quarantine doesn’t mean you are alone…The beauty of international connectivity is that nobody is alone on the internet!

Use this time to be creative and collaborate remotely to solve problems…A healthy body also means a healthy mind…”

The original version of the song, performed by Bono in his home in Dublin was posted a few days ago. The initial post on U2’s social media channels said “For the Italians who inspired it… for the Irish…for ANYONE who this St. Patrick’s day is in a tight spot and still singing. For the doctors, nurses, carers on the front line, it’s you we’re singing to. Bono” We’ve embedded this version below. At the time Bono suggested the song was called “Let Your Love Be Known.”

will.i.am appearing on Good Morning Britain spoke about the song this morning. “Bono wrote the song. He put it on a thread I’m on – there is a group thread – before he put it on Instagram her shared it with us on the group thread of his son playing piano and Bono singing these beautiful words about singing from rooftops, inspired by the citizens of Italy in quarantine.”

will.i.am was inspired to add his own verse, and send it back to Bono on this thread of musicians. They then discussed creating something that people at home could sing along with. In the broadcast will.i.am confirmed the title is #Sing4Life.

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