With war & famine in Sudan, butchery in Myanmar, bombs galore in Syria & Yemen – and the death of 17 young innocents in Parkland, the song’s lyrics are as fitting today as they were 33 years ago.

On February 10, 1985 a supergroup of top Canadian artists – under the name Northern Lights – crowded into the Manta Sound studio in TORONTO. Over several hours, they laid down tracks for ‘Tears Are Not Enough’, in support of relief projects in Africa and Canada’s food banks.

NORTHERN LIGHTS performers – Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, Burton Cummings, Joni Mitchell, Dan Hill, Neil Young, Bryan Adams, Corey Hart, Bruce Cockburn, Liberty Silver, Geddy Lee (Rush), Mike Reno (Loverboy), Oscar Peterson, Caroll Baker, Eugene Levy, Carole Pope, Salome Bey, Liona Boyd, John Candy, Tommy Hunter, Jane Siberry, Sylvia Tyson, Catherine O’Hare and several others.

It seems like overnight we see a world in a different light
Somehow our innocence is lost
How can we look away ’cause every single day
We’ve got to help at any cost

We can bridge the distance
Only we can make the difference
Don’t you know that
Tears are not enough

If we can hold together
We could change the world forever
Heaven knows that tears are not enough

It’s up to me and you
To make the dream come true
It’s time to take our message everywhere

If we take a stand,
Every woman, child and man
We could make it work
For God’s sake, lend a hand.

<Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group>

‘TEARS ARE NOT ENOUGH’ – give a listen

These American firms have cut their affiliations with the National Rifle Association (NRA) – Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Enterprise, Hertz, Avis, Budget, National & Alamo car rental companies, MetLife, Chubb, First National Bank of Omaha, Symantec (makers of Norton & LifeLock computer security software), TrueCar (a car buying service), SimpliSafe (home security). Allied & North American Van Lines, Best Western and Wyndham Hotel Group.

Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart & Kroger (grocery). Canada’s Mountain Equipment Co-Op. Amazon, Apple and Roku are advocating stronger gun laws and raising the age limit.