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It's Christmastime; there's no need to be afraid
At Christmastime, we let in light and we banish shade
And in our world of plenty we can spread a smile of joy
Throw your arms around the world at Christmastime
But say a prayer to pray for the other ones
At Christmastime

It's hard, but when you're having fun
There's a world outside your window
And it's a world of dread and fear
Where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears

And the Christmas bells that ring there
Are the clanging chimes of doom
Well tonight thank God it's them instead of you
And there won't be snow in Africa this Christmastime

The greatest gift they'll get this year is life
Oh, where nothing ever grows, no rain or rivers flow
Do they know it's Christmastime at all?

Here's to you, raise a glass for ev'ryone
Here's to them, underneath that burning sun
Do they know it's Christmastime at all?

Feed the world
Feed the world

Feed the world
Let them know it's Christmastime again
Feed the world
Let them know it's Christmastime again

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    UnregisteredNov 23, 2014 at 5:47 am
    This song is about sparing a thought for those less fortunate than ourselves at Christmas time as captured in the lines "There's a world outside your window and it's a world of dread and fear" The next line talks about some people in the world do not have enough, if any water to drink, perhaps those living in drought conditions, "where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears".
    This song was written and used to raise millions for Band-Aid. How much money or aid that the third world received, is debatable to this day. There were pictures at the time, of Band-Aid recipients lining up for a famine-biscuit and cup of watered down porridge. As for the chorus line which asks "Do they know it's Christmas time at all?" Does any logical person think a starving African cares anything, if at all about the western society's culture of celebrating Christmas? This was a well written but contrived song that is supposed to make the middle class feel all warm and fuzzy. The fact that world poverty has increased since Band-Aid proves this song, though well intended missed its mark. It is a catchy song that still gets airplay each Christmas and has been re-recorded for 2014 release. Bob Geldof went on to receive a Knighthood from the Queen for this project.

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