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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2041

Rahman English song is UN anthem

New Delhi, 26 February, (Asiantribune.com): Poverty has found a new singing voice -- the voice of India's music virtuoso A R Rahman, whose English single 'Pray For Me Brother' will be the UN's anthem for its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). One of the eight promises of MDG -- a program drawn up by world governments -- is to end poverty, hunger and disease by 2015.

In his song he asks: "Are you searching for a reason to be kind?"

Rahman says: "Poverty and hunger have no religion or gender and this song is to inspire people to do a little bit about the world. We all believe in a creator and even a prayer can change things," Rahman said at the launch of 'Pray For Me Brother' and its music video here today.

Explaining the reason for singing the song in English, Rahman said it was like a "statement from India". "If we have a message for the world, English is the best form of expression," he observed.

Music, he pointed out, had the power to change the lives of the people.

"Poverty is the root of all problems like disease and crime," he said.

'Pray For Me Brother' is the world's first music video shot in the mobile cinemascope format to enable suitable viewing by mobile customers.

Here is the full text of the song:

Pray For Me Brother

Composed by A.R.Rahman

Lyrics by Blaaze

Singers: A.R.Rahman and Blaaze

Pray for me brother
Pray for me brother
Pray for me sister
Are you searchin’….
Pray for me brother

Look-in’ for the answers To all the questions In my life
Will I be alone Will you be there By my side
Is it something he said Is it something he did
I wonder why He is searchin’ For the answers
To stay alive

Could you ever listen could you ever care
To speak your mind
Only for a minute For only one moment
In time

The joy is around us But show me the love
That we must find
Are you searchin’ For a reason to be kind, to be kind…
He said… Pray for me brother

Pray for me brother Pray for me sister
Pray for me brother Say
what you wanna say now
But keep your hearts open
Be what you wanna be now
Let’s heal the confusion
Pray for me brother

Don’t let me take When you don’t wanna give
Don’t be afraid Just let me live
Don’t let me take When you don’t wanna give
Don’t be afraid Say what you wanna say now
But keep your hearts open

Be what you wanna be now Let’s heal the confusion
Pray for me brother Pray for me brother
I’m ashamed ah, brother be dying of poverty
when he down on his knees its only then he prays
And it’s a shame ah, brother be dying of ignorance
cos the world is a trip and everybody’s a hypocrite
Need to stop ah , taking a look at the other

I’m not ashamed of poverty
need to be making his life better
So think about it, think about it once more
cos life is a blessing and it’s not justa show, ah
Round and round the world is spinning around

We need to be singing a prayer, we need to be singing it now
Round and round the world is turning around
We need to be singing a prayer, we need to be singing it now
Need to be feeling the power, need to be feeling the faith
We need to coming together just to win this race

Need to be feeling the power, need to be feeling the faith
We need to coming together just to win this race (twice)
Are you searching for a reason to be kind ?

- Asian Tribune -

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