Snow For Africa

Posted by admin - 19/12/12 at 04:12 am

I love rock-and-roll Christmas music. Not sure why, maybe it’s the juxtaposition of peace-and-love songs coming from millionaire smack addicts. Hard to say.

Anyway, one of my all-time favorites is the charity song from Band-Aid, “Do They Know It’s Christmas.” I love this song for many reasons. I still remember all the musicians on the song, the drums are utterly Phil Collins, and I appreciate the prominence of Boy George on the track even though he didn’t actually show up for the recording. George overslept in New York, where knowing what we know now, he might have been in either a heroin coma, or have just finished handcuffing someone to a radiator and didn’t want to be bothered.

The one thing about the song that’s always got me though, is the lyrics.

“And there won’t be snow in Africa, this Christmas time…”

Right. Very true. And why won’t there be any snow?

Because there’s never any snow in Africa at Christmas time. It’s not because they’re poor. It wasn’t that Africa couldn’t afford snow, and the great European Snow Cartels cut off their supply for the holidays. It’s not a monetary problem, it just doesn’t snow there.

In fact, if it did suddenly start snowing in Africa for Christmas time, that would probably be worse. We’d need to divert funds from the food drops, and start having to ship in jackets and sweaters.

— Reid Kerr likes how Bono always has to deliver the hard lines in the chairty songs.

One Response to “Snow For Africa”

  1. Karen says:
    December 10th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    This one made me blow Diet Coke out my nose laughing.

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