Monday, December 12, 2011

Do They Know It's Christmas?


Just a little reminder to consider those 'less fourtunate' this Christmas season. yes, "the poor will always be with us," but it is still part of our faith to look out for others. 

Remember 1984? Remember trying to "Feed the World" during the Ethiopian famine and drought? We donated money to the cause, and never got our commemorative t-shirts. The song brings back very fond memories- a time of innocence when Bono didn't wear sunglasses indoors, Sting had a foppish bob and both Boy George and George Michael sang to girls. 

Some of the lyrics are silly and Western-centered, "there won't be snow in Africa this Christmastime" "where nothing ever grows, no rain or rivers flow" - really?! In all of Africa? They do realize that Ethiopia is just one country in a huge continent? Have they seen photos of the lush, green landscapes that are a part of some parts of the  African continent? So all these super-rich singers in this super-group could have donated their monthly paycheck to the charity and they would have collected more than from us simple people. And yes, I never got my t-shirt, Sir Bib Geldof. But I still love the song. Turn it up!


3 comments:

  1. Ah, it was nice to see Simon LeBon on the first frame. I can still remember how Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet put aside their "differences" and overcame their "rivalry" to appear on the record together. Thanks for the memories.

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  2. a friend of mine snarked on facebook that he was pretty sure they knew it was christmas in africa (especially in ethopia) despite the lack of snow.

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  3. LOL, that sure takes me back! But yes, thanks for the reminder that we must never forget to love, help and care for those less fortunate than ourselves x

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