“And There Won’t Be Snow in Africa”

A couple days ago, Julia and I were listening to a radio station in the car that has begun playing Christmas/holiday music all day long. Up until that point, I had actually never heard the song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” It’s got kind of a “Wavin’ Flag” feel to it, except in the ’80s and seriously more judgmental.

This charming ditty features the magical musical stylings of various pop artists who were famous in the ’80s, including George Michael, Sting, Bono, and various other people I can’t recognize because I was born in 1991. I think I saw Boy George in there.  Along with the steady dance beat, this song comes with a large side of mullets and guilt. It’s almost worse than those World Vision commercials that use Lennon’s “So This is Christmas” to guilt you into donating.

According to the Wikipedia page, the song was recorded to raise money for famine in Ethiopia, which I suppose is quite nice, but I don’t know that they had to make the lyrics quite as passive aggressive. Some of the more aggressive lyrics include “where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears” and “the greatest gift they’ll get this year is life”.

~ Hilary Lyon Axle Hatchet

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