Jersey Artists For Mankind - We've Got The Love

First performance: no live dates


Coverinfo

no live dates
 
Bruce Springsteen contributed guitar solo to the recording of the song. 
 
 
The below credits are taken from the U.S. 6-track EP sleeve.

WE'VE GOT THE LOVE

Written by Joel Krauss and Bob Bandiera
Produced by Tim Ryan and Garry Tallent
Engineered by Jan Topoleski
Mixed by Bob Clearmountain
Vocal solos: Joel Krauss, Harry Filkin, George Theiss, Southside Johnny Lyon, Nils Lofgren, Glen Burtnik, Lance Larson, Vincent Daniele, Bob Bandiera, J.T. Bowen, Ricky Collins, Carolyne Mas, Vinnie Talerico
Instrumental solos: Bruce Springsteen, David DiPietro, Garry Grant, Clarence Clemons

The J.A.M. Band

Bob Bandiera: guitar
Ernest "Boom" Carter: percussion
David DiPietro: guitar
Harry Filkin: guitar
Bob Hammerstone: guitar
Ed Iglewski: bass
Kevin Kavanaugh: keyboards
Joe Norosavage: synthesizers
Tim Ryan: strings
Joe Sweeney: guitar
Max Weinberg: drums

The J.A.M. Horns

Frank Elmo: sax
Mac Gollehon: trumpet
Richie LaLamba: trombone
Tom LaBella: sax
Ron Lankone: fluegelhorn
Ed Manion: sax
Pete Maurer: trombone
Mike Spengler: trumpet

The J.A.M. Singers

Karl Frey, Alice Leon, Lonesome Bob, Patti Maloney, George Meyer, Jim Monoghan, Wayne Oliver, Gary Shaffer, Deena Shoshkes, George Signore, Mark Tornillo, Ben Vaughn, Charlie Warwick, and featuring the 450 Voice J.A.M. '86 Choir
Recorded at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ

Songinfo

We've Got to love  is a song written by Joel Krauss and Bobby Bandiera and released by Jersey Artists For Mankind (a.k.a. J.A.M. '86) as a single in 1986. Jersey Artists For Mankind, Inc. (or J.A.M.) was a non-profit organization of mostly Jersey Shore musicians benefiting local charities. It started out in 1985 and the concept was inspired by the work of the super group USA For Africa and their charity single 'We are the world'.

The idea behind J.A.M. from the very beginning was to use a cross-section of artists, not just those with names and record deals. Thus, it was decided to invite a representative from virtually every band in New Jersey to come to The Stone Pony and help out with the choruses of the two songs – the basic tracks were already recorded. More than 450 Jersey singers and musicians made it to The Stone Pony. Upon entering the club, singers signed in, signed a release form, and were given sheet music containing only the choruses for the two songs. A brief rehearsal preceded the actual recording. The session, which took place on 13 Jan 1986, was broken up into two parts. One was held for all singers and musicians under 21-years-old. And then later in the evening when alcohol was available, the over-21 artists sang their parts. It was the largest gathering of New Jersey rock artists ever.
 
A music video for We've Got to love was directed and produced by Jon Small. It was filmed on 26 and 27 Apr 1986 on location at various food banks and soup kitchens throughout New Jersey. The video features many of the performers heard on the record, but not Bruce Springsteen.
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics


Now we've been looking away
Try to look away no more
Because the shadows of the hungry and hurt
They someday pass over our door

Don't have to put your ear to the ground to hear it shaking
You don't have to put your hand on my heart to feel it breaking, yeah yeah

We've got the love and we've got the power
Here in our hearts to change the world
Together we can make it
Better for all and forever to change it
We've got the love and we've got the power
Here in our hearts to change the world
Together we can make it
Better for the children

The cries of a hungry child
The saddest sound of all
But the silence of uncaring hearts
Echoes around the world

Don't have to put your ear to the ground to hear it shaking
Don't have to put your hand on my heart to feel it breaking, yeah

We've got the love and we've got the power
Here in our hearts to change the world
Together we can make it
Better for all and forever to change it
We've got the love and we've got the power
Here in our hearts to change the world
Together we can make it
Better for the children
For the children

[Bruce Springsteen guitar solo]

Whoa whoa, we've got the love and we've got the power
Here in our hearts to change the world
Together we can make it
Better for all and forever to change it
We've got the love and we've got the power
Here in our hearts to change the world
Together we can make it
Better for the children

Ohh, we've got the love and we've got the power
Here in our hearts to change the world
Together we can make it
Better for all and forever to change it
We've got the love and we've got the power
Here in our hearts to change the world
Together we can make it
Better for all and forever to change it
We've got the love and we've got the power
Here in our hearts to change the world
Together we can make it
Better for all and forever to change it
We've got the love and we've got the power
Here in our hearts to change...