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@EdSheeran @HarryStyles @Bono: STOP singing this idiotic Xmas song

By December 8, 2015 0

As we enter deeper into the holiday season, holiday music begins to play literally everywhere. From the supermarket to the waiting room in your dentist office, versions of “Jingle Bells” and “Frosty” are trickling through speakers everywhere.

A very popular song that I’m sure you’re all familiar with, “Do They Know It’s Christmas Time” is probably being played right now on some radio station somewhere, being enjoyed by many holiday-spirited listeners. And there, my friends, lies the problem.

“Do They Know It’s Christmas Time” is actually the worst Christmas song out there. Hear me out, people. I have some important points to make.

To the average person, who probably only listens to the chorus – “Feed the World/ Let them know it’s Christmastime” – you’re probably super confused to how I could possibly dislike this song. It sounds like your typical, kind of lame, but still super catchy pop song. And it’s for a charity, which makes it even better! Right?


Let’s dive a little bit more into the history of the song and the charity that produced it: Band-Aid.

The song was written and produced by Bob Geldof in response to the 1984 Ethiopian Famine. A bunch of famous singers from the UK came together to record the song, including Bono from U2 (you know, the guy from the band whose latest album magically appeared on all of our iPhones in 2014). It became extremely popular and raised a lot of money, which is awesome. However, the lyrics are so dreadful, it’s impossible for me to look past it.

Let’s start with the fact that the song is supposed to be for Ethiopia, but instead the song groups the 54 countries together as “Africa.” When Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana, no one in their right mind would’ve said, “we need to provide relief for all of North America due to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina,” because North America as a whole was physically effected by the hurricane. Ethiopia was the country struggling from famine, not Africa as a whole. Africa is a CONTINENT, people!

Now let’s focus on specific lyrics. The line belted out by Bono, “Where the only water flowing is a bitter stream of tears” is not only obnoxiously melodramatic, it’s also totally inaccurate. The song was for a famine, not a drought! I guess Bob Geldof never heard of the Nile…or the Congo.

Then there’s the line “There won’t be snow in Africa this Christmas time.” First of all, this isn’t entirely true; snow does fall in the mountains. For the rest of Africa this is correct, not because Africa is in poverty BUT because the majority of the continent lies on the southern hemisphere. Just because it doesn’t snow does not mean Christmastime doesn’t come! People celebrate Christmas in Florida, don’t they?

The “thank God it’s them instead of you’” line completely lacks compassion and, for all those devoted Christians out there, totally goes against the word of God. It’s literally saying to be happy that misfortune fell upon someone else, not you. And this song was produced for a charity? Nothing about that line seems very charitable to me.

Also I must point out that Christianity is thriving in African countries, so yeah, they actually do know it’s Christmas.

The original song was produced over 30 years ago, but to make matters worse, this song was reproduced by CURRENT famous vocal artists including Harry Styles and Ed Sheeran. And so the ignorance surrounding Africa continues.

I beg of you, when this song comes on the radio PLEASE change it. We don’t need this ignorant song tarnishing the Western culture anymore than it already has.

Some African students created a hilarious parody of Band-Aid and their song called “Raid-Aid” and I totally encourage you to check it out.