Monday, December 17, 2007

The clanging chimes of doom

Wow, so I thought the version of "Do They Know It's Christmastime" on the Barenaked Ladies' holiday album was a parody of the original because the lyrics mention in multiple verses how Africa is a horrible place to live. I thought it was making fun of the song and pointing out how people just trying to get through life probably don't give a rat's ass about whether it's Christmas or not, especially our horrible Western commercialized idea of what Christmas means.

But I think the lyrics are not a parody, and the original is actually just that stupid. Wow. I realize the song is over 20 years old, but seriously? That was the best they could come up with to get people to realize the plight of drought and starvation in Africa? Whoever wrote that song has "privileged white person" stamped all over him/her/it.

So that's my daily, not very holiday spirit-y, rant. I'll try to pick a more cheery topic next time.



    I believe this link will take you to the original. Yeah, it's bad. Every year I completely forget about it then I hear it once

    I'm surprised people are covering it. It's the christmas song that won't go away!

  2. Hi,
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  4. Everytime I hear that song I think of my friend Mike, who, after they sing "Do they know it's Christmas time at all?" he pipes up and say,"Do they car? I mean they are likely muslim."

  5. @Jenn - that is freakin' hilarious. Your friend Mike is funny.


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