Saturday, January 28, 2006

Do they know it's Christmastime at all?

So I know Christmas is long gone, but Raul and I have had this ongoing discussion about the political correctness of the Band Aid song "Do they know it's Christmas?"

Doesn't do much to get away from the stereotypes of ribs-sticking-out-of-malnourished-babies and stretching desert images and warlords wreaking havoc on the women and are some of our favorite lines:

"...where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears..."
"And the Christmas bells that ring there are the clanging chimes of DOOM!" (emphasis added)
"Well tonight thank God it's them instead of you" (sing it Bono!)
"There won't be snow in Africa this Christmastime...the greatest gift they'll get this year is life (ooooh)"
"Where nothing ever grows, no rain or rivers flow"
"Here's to them underneath that burning sun"

Matt, you're the lyricull genius, what do you think??


At 4:48 PM, Blogger srah said...

I never paid any attention to that song until this past holiday season but once I started listening, it was PAINFUL every time it came on. "Hey, your life stinks because you don't have snow! Pass the egg nog."

At 7:23 AM, Blogger Matt said...

Court, you're not the only one who thinks the lyrics are off... "Do They Know..." was actually re-recorded either this year or last, and the issue of the stereotyping of the lyrics came up. They were protested by, I believe, the Ethiopian government for perputating an image they are trying to not solely be know for.

That being said, most of the lyric is rather interest. As for Bono's line, I think it's meant as a wake up slap, kinda thing--you know, he says it solely to offend people into doing the "right" thing.

But the aim of the song, to "feed the world" is positive, and--in theory--the song has raised awareness and dinero for a plight that might not have received any attention.

Besides there is snow on Kilimanjaro year round, including Christmas-time; course it may not be for much longer tho, as it's melting?

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