"It's Christmas time, there's no need to be afraid..." So went the lyrics of Do They Know It's Christmas? by Band Aid--a supergroup comprised of various artists who donated proceeds to those stricken by famine in Africa, and particularly, Ethiopia. But there was reason to be afraid, or so it seemed if you listened to the rest of the lyrics. Here are the top 5 worst lyrics in this song.
5: "There's a world outside your window, and it's a world of dread and fear" - That's how we see Africa--a world of dread and fear. Not the birthplace of humanity or the land of the Pharaohs of Egypt, the ancient Nubian pyramids in the Sudan, and the famed city of Timbuktu--no it's the world of dread and fear.
4: "Here's to you, raise a glass to everyone; here's to them, underneath that burning sun" - Yeah, let's drink to the starving children of Africa--cheers!
3: "And the Christmas bells that ring there, are the clanging chimes of doom" - I guess they do know it's Christmas time--that's when the ominous sound of Christmas bells chime their message of doom. Sweet.
2: "Well tonight thank God it's them, instead of you" - Does God hate Africans? Thank God it's them--we really dodged a bullet by choosing to be born in the U.S.
1: "Where nothing ever grows, no rain nor rivers flow" - There are 6.5 million km of forest in Africa, representing almost 22% of its land area. The longest river in the world--the Nile--as well as the Congo, Niger, and Zambezi are all in Africa. Debundscha, Cameroon has the fourth highest average rainfall in the world. Stuff grows, rain falls, rivers flow, and lyrics fail.
"Do they know it's Christmas time at all?" Some do, sure, but a lot of them aren't Christians, so maybe not... So I'll admit, I like this song. I think it's catchy, and I think the lyrics are sorta funny in their distinct, offensive way. More importantly, the song made some money to help starving people, which is more than most of us do. But still, those are some pretty offensive lyrics. What do you guys think--am I way off-base here?