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It's Christmas time, there's no need to be afraid
At christmas time, we let in light and we banish shade

But in our world of plenty, we should spread a smile of joy!
Throw your arms around the world at christmas time
But say a prayer - pray for the other ones
At christmas time, it's hard but when your having fun
There's a world outside your window
And it's a world of dread and fear
Where the only water flowing is a 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 wont be snow in africa this christmas time
The greatest gift they'll get this year is life

Where nothing ever grows
No rain or rivers flow

Do they know it's christmas time at all?

Here's to you raise a glass for everyone
Here's to them underneath the burning sun
Do they know it's christmas time at all?

Feed the world
Feed the world
Feed the world
Let them know it's christmas time and
Feed the world
Let them know it's christmas time
Feed the world
Let them know it's christmas time

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    UnregisteredDec 13, 2013 at 4:15 pm
    I hate how everyone is over-thinking & criticizing this song!!! If you weren't alive in the early '80's & your only reading the lyrics then maybe... But i remember when there was no satellite tv & every channel was covering the famine in ethiopia - the reason for this song!!! If anyone ever looked at a map, there are no rivers in ethiopia, only a few scattered bodies of water.. They were experiencing serious drought, huge dust storms, disease with no medical near by, & everything & everyone was dying!! The song was done quickly after thansgiving; telling others while your celebrating, remember what's happening elsewhere- be grateful & also give to others! People tend to be more giving at christmas! This disaster wasn't any different than the tsunamis & hurricanes of today, just wasn't as much coverage in those days. I'll never forget those images of those people; starving, in the desert-like conditions, having to watch every thing around them slowly die.. It changed people's lives. Stop judging things you don't know about or what others did to try to help! And yes, the greatest gift those in ethiopia, africa got that year was life- they survived with help of food & water from the outside!!! Get a grip people!! There isnt anything condesending about this song!!! It stated true circumstances that time (1984) in history!!!
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    UnregisteredDec 24, 2013 at 1:17 am
    I understand all of your points and appreciate the thought behind the song. We should be more unselfish all year round! But my question to the creator of this song is why they chose to say "thank God it's them instead of you"!? That seems a bit harsh to me.
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    UnregisteredDec 23, 2013 at 7:46 am
    Who gives a toss about the accuracy of the lyrics? It raised awareness of the death and famine in Africa. The scenes on TV were so intense it really made you want to help in some way. Buying a record was easy, the tune was catchy. Even in the year 2013 it gets loads of airtime. You may criticize the song, it saved many, many lives. Have you done any better?
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    UnregisteredDec 20, 2013 at 12:57 pm
    Regardless of the mood of the time and the fact that some westerners saw some news reports about starvation in Africa, this is very patronizing and condescending. It is typical western arrogance that everyone is fucked unless we save them. Plus the lyrics are hypocritical, e.g. 'bells that ring the clanging chime of doom' followed by the only gift they get this year is life. So they are doomed but they are going to live. And not just that but life is a great fucking gift, way better than a cd. I wish my dead grandfather could have got life for christmas.
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    UnregisteredDec 19, 2013 at 8:45 pm
    The meaning is so obvious. Xmas means thinking about poverty and starvation. Don't be selfish and give to those deprived people who don't even have water in their bodies to shed a tear, never mind drink it. it doesn't mean that just because their houses don't have chimneys they don't deserve happiness.

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