Soundtrack Of Poverty

By: Natalie Riddle

Fix You by Coldplay World Hunger with lyrics

"FIX YOU" by: Coldplay (2005)

I chose this song because I felt like this song expressed the struggle not only children but anyone who lives in poverty goes through on a daily bases. " Parents should be able to tell there children its alright its not the end of the world." this is the problem and we as Americans' need to try and fix the broken and mend the wounded.


According to 2014 US Census Data, the highest poverty rate by race is found among Blacks (26%), with Hispanics (of any race) having the second highest poverty rate (24%). Whites had a poverty rate of 10%, while Asians had a poverty rate at 12%.

Michael Jackson - Earth Song

"Earth Song" by: Michael Jackson (1995)

This song says a lot about the earth and how we have treated it, but this song really points the finger at us as humans in general. We have not only destroyed the earth but the people in general and I love the lyrics in this song when Michael says " Did you ever stop to notice all the children dead before? Did you ever stop to notice this crying earth that we make sure?" I chose this song because it express what we have done to not only our earth but the people in it.


In 2014, 21% of all children (15.5 million kids) lived in Poverty USA—that’s about 1 in every 5 children.

In 2012, the National Center on Family Homelessness analyzed state-level data and found that nationwide, 1.6 million children experience homelessness in a year.

Michael Jackson - They Don't Care About Us

"They Dont Care About Us" by: Michael Jackson (1995)

I chose this song because Their are people who go without food and cloths everyday. If you think about it most of us have a roof over our head and cloths on our back, we take for granted the little things. Little things like a home cooked meal, warm blankets, a roof over our head, and so much more. some people haven't even been able to eat anything but scraps that people throw out much less are they able to take showers. Some people might even ask to themselves do people even care about them? Those are people just like me and you out there on the streets cold wet and hungry and we cant even spare them the time of day to give them what we take for granted. Do we even care about them? Michael was not only an inspiration to people in poverty but he was also a voice and in this song I feel like he is speaking for all those people not only in poverty but around the world as well.


At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day.Source

Almost half the world — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day.

And though poverty is often perceived as a problem of urban environments and inner cities, the poverty rate in metropolitan areas (15%) is actually lower than the poverty rate for people outside of metropolitan areas (17%).

Birdy Not About Angels Lyrics

"Not About Angels" by: Birdy (2014)

Their are people who have never had a full belly, warm cloths to wear, the comfort of having a family, The feeling of being safe that no one will ever harm you, people who have never had a true home. They don't want us to give up on them, give up on all those billions of people who live in poverty. Poverty isn't just all through out the world its here in America staring us right in our faces, Poverty isn't far away its right on our doorstep. We are someone's hope, We are someone's saving grace. We are someone's angel.


Poverty thresholds are determined by the US government, and vary according to the size of a family, and ages of the members. In 2014, the poverty threshold—known more commonly as the poverty line—for an individual was $12,000. For two people, the weighted average threshold was $15,000.

Three people: $19,000
Four people: $24,000
Five people: $29,000
Six people: $32,000
Seven people: $37,000
Eight people: $41,000
Nine or more people: $49,000

USA FOR AFRICA - We Are The World

"WE Are The World" by: USA FOR AFRICA (1985)

I chose this song because We are the world.. and its our job to help those in need. "We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let's start giving
There is a choice we're making
Were saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day, just you and me"


In 2014, the poverty rate for people living with a disability was 29%. That’s more than 4 million people living with a disability—in poverty.

Poverty does not strike all demographics equally. For example, in 2014, 13% of men lived in Poverty USA, and 16% of women lived in poverty. Along the same lines, the poverty rate for married couples in 2014 was only 6%–but the poverty rate for single-parent families with no wife present was up to 16%, and for single-parent families with no husband present 31%.

Michael Jackson - Heal The World

"Heal the world" by Michael jackson (1991)

I chose this song because it made me feel like this is our world and how can we as people sit inside our comfy houses and eat warm food and take all of it for granted. when right out side the door people are dying from hunger and thirst. its not fair to all those children who have to ask their parents if they are going to get to eat that day.


More than 10,000 transitional-age youth and nearly 1,000 unaccompanied minors were found to be living in places not meant for human habitation, such as cars, parks, abandoned buildings, transit stations, and on streets, during the 2015 national "Point-in-Time" homeless count in January.

Shawn Desman - Difference (Philippine Poverty)

"Difference" by: Shawn Desman (2002)

I chose this song because in this song Shawn asks us to not be afraid to lend a helping hand. I think when people see a person in need they want to help but maybe they just don't know how, but just like Shawn says in this song "there are solutions to the problems we see".


60 percent of the world’s hungry are women.

Male-dominated social structures in many places limit the resources women have — job opportunities, financial services, education — making them more vulnerable to poverty and hunger.

This, in turn, impacts their children. A mother who suffers from hunger and malnourishment has an increased risk of suffering complications during childbirth or giving birth to an underweight baby, which can mean irreversible physical and mental stunting right from childbirth.