Living Below the Line

Sound Track for social justice by Olivia Price

Phil Collins - Another Day In Paradise (Official Music Video)

Phil Collins "Another Day in Paradise" 1989

I chose "Another Day in Paradise" because Phil Collins discusses the issue of poverty and the non-charitable ways of people in the U.S.. He discusses this in his opening lyrics "She calls out to the man on the street "Sir, can you help me? It's cold and I've nowhere to sleep,

Is there somewhere you can tell me?"He walks on, doesn't look back. He pretends he can't hear her. Starts to whistle as he crosses the street. Seems embarrassed to be there..."



Fact: More people have access to mobile phones than toilets (source: http://www.one.org/us/2014/10/21/25-most-shocking-global-poverty-facts/)

The Beatles-Blackbird w/Lyrics!

"Blackbird" The Beatles 1968

This song is an anthem for overcoming poverty. They sing about pulling your self up and flying away. "Blackbird singing in the dead of night, Take these sunken eyes and learn to see.All your life, You were only waiting for this moment to be free" These lyrics speak about the malnourished and living on.


Fact: Based on the updated poverty line of $1.90 a day, World Bank projections suggest that global poverty may have reached 700 million, or 9.6 percent of global population, in 2015. (source: http://www.compassion.com/poverty/poverty.htm)

Michael Jackson- We Are The World (lyrics)

"We Are the World" Michael Jackson 1985

This song discusses the need to help the impoverished people. It also talks about how it is the duty of the world to come together to save each other. Michael Jackson speaks about these things in these lyrics "We are the world, we are the children. We are the ones who make a brighter day. So let's start giving"


Fact:Between 1/4 and 1/3 of 4 billion metric tons of food produced is lost or wasted.(source:http://www.one.org/us/2014/10/21/25-most-shocking-global-poverty-facts/)

Snow Patrol - The President

"The President" Snow Patrol 2011

This song discusses the struggle that homeless people have when asking their families for help. This is shown though out the entire song but really depicted in the end with these lyrics : "As you wait on my return, The years have blurred to eons. But the tears have never dried. But I'm not coming to you like this,So battered down and sad I will take the road forgotten again..."


Fact: Over 50% of homeless of young people in homeless shelters and on the streets report that their parents told them to leave or knew they were leaving and did not care. (source: https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-homeless-teens)

Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It’s Christmas? (2014)

"Do They Know It's Christmas?" Band Aid 30 2014

This song talks about loving the world and helping bring peace to the world. This song speaks about how the world lives in fear and dread all year long. Even at Christmas when people should be experiencing hope and joy. These themes are discussed though out the lyrics such as these: A song of hope where there’s no hope tonight, Why is comfort to be feared, why is to touch to be scared? How can they know it’s Christmas time at all?


Fact: 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty. According to UNICEF 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. (source: https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-global-poverty)

Switchfoot - Dark Horses [Official Audio]

"Dark Horses" Switchfoot 2011

This song describes how everyone has preconceived ideas of the people that are homeless or live in poverty. Everyone says that they cannot make it out and that they are worthless but this song is an anthem to the homeless and impoverished saying that they can do it.


Fact; In 2012 the poverty rate in the U.S. dropped to 16% from 26% in 1967 (source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/study-us-poverty-rate-decreased-over-past-half-century-thanks-to-safety-net-programs/2013/12/09/9322c834-60f3-11e3-94ad-004fefa61ee6_story.html)

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - Somewhere Over the Rainbow (with lyrics)

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" Israel Kamakawiwo'ole 1993

This song depicts a place far way that is better than the place that the people are in now. It creates hope for the people that may never reach that better place that they may actually reach that place over the rainbow. Iz hopes for a future where the children are smarter and better educated than he is. "I hear babies cry and I watch them grow,

They'll learn much more than we'll know"



Fact: Children living in poverty have a higher number of absenteeism or leave school all together because they are more likely to have to work or care for family members. (source: https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-education-and-poverty-america)

The Ghost of Tom Joad Lyrics

"The Ghost of Tom Joad" Bruce Springsteen 1995

Bruce Springsteen talks about what it's like to live in homelessness and in poverty. He also talks about how they aren't making it out.


Fact: According to estimates by the Urban Institute, nearly 1 in 5 youths under the age of 18 will run away at least once (source: https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-global-poverty)