The song was recorded on February 10, at Manta Sound studios in Toronto. The Tears Are Not Enough - ABC - Tears Are Not Enough was issued as a single by Columbia Records  in March of that year,  and quickly reached number one on the Canadian Top 40 chart. It also finished number one on the year-end Canadian charts for The song's video also received extensive airplay on MuchMusic. Ten percent of the funds raised were kept in Canada to assist Canadian food banks. Joni Mitchell later spoke to writer Iain Blair about the recording experience: "I know it sounds ridiculous, but I was literally starving when we did the session 'cause my yoga teacher had sent me to a psychic dietician who, while rubbing her chin and swinging her arm around in a circle, had diagnosed a lot of food allergies.
The result was, predictably, that I was hardly allowed to eat anything, so by the time I arrived with an apple and a rice patty, my poor stomach was making all these strange noises. Then we get in the studio, and the engineer says he can't record 'cause he's picking up some weird rumbling sound coming from my direction.
She laughed. And it was all pretty ironic, considering the subject matter! At one point during the recording process, Foster also had Neil Young re-record his Harry Rag - The Kinks - Something Else By The Kinks after singing the word "innocence" flat, to which Young famously quipped, "That's my sound, man.
The song's video opens with footage from Brian Stewart 's original CBC News report on the famine, and then cuts to the performers singing the song in a studio. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.