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IMO The Worst Christmas Song is “Do They Know its Christmas?”

December 23, 2011

“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” In my opinion, this has to be one of the worst Christmas songs ever.  Has anyone ever really bothered to listen to the lyrics bereft of any sign of intelligence?  The song begins by telling us, the listeners, that it is “Christmastime and there is no need to be afraid”, but then a couple of verses down the lyrics give us plenty to be afraid of.  I am not saying that Bob Geldof’s heart was not in the right place; I am sure that it was…I am just thinking he might have wanted to think on this one another night before choosing this particular song to give his fellow UK pop stars to sing.

I am sure that many of us, even if we were kids at the time, remember the huge deal this song was.  We remember the video with all of the smiling camera ready faces singing and feeling good because they were doing something good for someone else…I am giving them the benefit of the doubt on that one.  You saw each soloist anticipating their turn to deliver their very own dreadful line.  The one line that I think had it right and was delivered properly was Boy George’s joyful line-which was the intention, right?  Spread joy and love and care and concern.

None of the above sprang to mind, in one of the worst lines of the song delivered with over dramatic gravity by Bono “Well tonight thank God it’s them instead of you”-really?  Should you ever thank God for other people’s misery?  Wouldn’t it have been more meaningful and loving to suggest thanking God for your blessings and realizing how truly blessed you are?

“There won’t be snow in Africa this Christmas time”, do you ever remember Africa being renowned for its white Christmases?  I sure don’t, so basically Christmas time is snowless as usual, I realize it doesn’t sound as dramatic but it’s still a fact.  This brings us to the next inexplicable line, “The greatest gift they’ll get this year is life”.  Wow!  Last time I checked life is a pretty great gift, it is the only way you can receive any other gifts at all.  Life is the first and ultimate gift, I would think for people you are trying to help that are dying of starvation and neglect this would be an obvious thought as well.

Another fairly obvious oversight is that many of the people the song is singing of might not know its Christmas time because they may not be Christian or have ever heard of Christmas.  More important is the fact that there are human beings in need and we have the resources to help them, why don’t we?  This was a task missions and organizations had been trying to do for years before a clumsily written Christmas song was released by Band Aid. 

There are people in your own neighborhood that could use some compassion, a helping hand, and good will and we shouldn’t need Christmastime, or a poorly written song to remind us of this.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. December 23, 2011 12:25 pm

    Terrible song and singing! Some of them looked really bored in the video too. Bono’s part is classic in bad and self-satisfaction that continues at all times of every year. The only saving grace of the song itself is it isn’t ‘Lemon’ or any U2 sing for that matter!

    • December 23, 2011 12:27 pm

      Song that is! Hee. But Boy George’s ‘oooh’ is pretty cheesy keen and lures into the false start of the song which is Christmas joy without the guilt trip.

    • December 23, 2011 12:38 pm

      True some of them look like they are planning where to shop after they are done with their “gig”. I am just waiting for Bono to announce that he is the second coming. 😛

      Boy George’s “oooh” is a bit cheesy, but it is delivered with a “joyful noise” which I think should have been the gist of the song.

      • December 23, 2011 12:58 pm

        Best combo EVER! Well see it when you get home and maybe. . edited it in!

  2. December 23, 2011 1:02 pm

    I will be looking forward to it!

  3. December 23, 2011 3:12 pm

    Do They Know Is Christmas is pretty bad, but I think I’ve accidentally made the worst Christmas song of all time…

    • December 23, 2011 3:25 pm

      I will make sure to check it out once I get home and have access. I look forward to sampling your offering in the annals of bad Christmas songs-you have a very bad song to outdo with “Do they know it’s Christmas?” 😛

      Whoa! I gave it a listen and the only reason you don’t win-is that singing isn’t your profession. 😉

  4. Fern permalink
    December 23, 2011 5:17 pm

    I’ve heard that song for years, but never once payed attention to the lyrics.(More often than not, I would turn the song off – not my Christmas cup of tea.) But after reading your blog, I had to look up the lyrics, and boy is it bad. What were they thinking? I guess to make us feel guilty somehow, but for what I am not sure. :/ Not everyone in America has snow for Christmas – its not just in Africa….(Frankly we never have snow here for Christmas – and we are in KY.)

    • December 23, 2011 6:58 pm

      Yes, Fern, the lyrics are dreadful, dire. I know, here in Miami we have yet to celebrate a white Christmas. A better song could have definitely been written to serve the same purpose.

  5. Pat Padua permalink
    December 23, 2011 7:34 pm

    I misread “Africa” as “Alf.”

    • December 23, 2011 7:37 pm

      You must have been thinking of when Alf refused to participate and Bono got his line. 😛 Easy mistake.

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