Song Lyric Sunday | “Harvest for the World” – Vanessa Williams

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Acquire/Collect/Gather/Secure.


While I usually have more than a few options for SLS posts, Harvest for the World was my first and only choice for this week’s prompt.

However, I chose the cover by Vanessa Williams from her 2005 album, Everlasting Love, instead of the original by the Isley Brothers from their 1976 album of the same name.

The original version helped spur the album on to half a million copies sold in less than three weeks, making it one of the fastest selling albums in history. I prefer Vanessa’s more contemporary upbeat version… and I love her voice!

Sadly, the socially conscious song is still as relevant today as it was almost fifty years ago. The planet is a mess. Everyone is hurting and there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Now, more than ever, we need a Harvest for the World.


  • Released in May of 1976, Harvest for the World was the fourteenth studio album for the Isley Brothers.
  • Not released as a single, Vanessa’s cover still receives airplay on satellite radio.
  • Except for the final track, Everlasting Love was a compilation of covers of popular soul songs from the 70s.

Two of the original members of the Isley Brothers Trio, Ronald – 79, and Rudolph – 81, survive and live is St Louis, Missouri and Chicago, Illinois, respectively. Eldest brother, O’Kelly, suffered a fatal heart attack in 1986 at the age of 48.

57-year-old Williams lives with her third husband, businessman Jim Skrip, in Chappaqua, New York.


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Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

Harvest for the World

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia,, and YouTube.

17 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday | “Harvest for the World” – Vanessa Williams

  1. I like the lyrics. For some reason there was no sound, and both the Youtube volume and my computer volume were turned up and all other songs so far on the SLS played. Mysterious! Great choice, Nesie, whether I can hear it here or not.

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  2. I just love her! You could have actually done this for Same, Different last week since the album names were the same. Besides that, the same crap today as it was 50, 100, 200 years ago and beyond. I do love the line “Celebrate your lives…” 🙂

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  3. Gosh 50years and nothing has changed…
    Great song I loved the original , I have not heard this version by Vanessa Williams but I am impressed it really quite different! Well done great choice 💜

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