Lionel Richie has shared the strange story of how he wrote “We Are the World” with Michael Jackson. During an interview with Kevin Spacey that was part of the ceremonies honoring Richie as this year’s MusiCares Person of the Year, Richie remembered:
I’m at Michael’s house trying to write “We Are the World” and his dog is barking and his Mynah bird is yelling “Shut up” [repeatedly at the dog]. I see albums falling over. I look again and see more falling over and there’s an albino python [coming toward me]. I will admit I was screaming like a white woman. Michael goes, “Oh my God, Lionel. There he is, he wants to play with you.” I know you want a spiritual tale about how we brought this song [to’ you, but that’s how it was for three days.