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December 01, 2004

Apple and Band Aid have reached an agreement on carrying the new version of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" on iTunes. Apple will sell the song at the 79p price it wanted, then donate the difference so the charity will get the £1.49 it wanted.

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I used to love this song as a kid and I hadn't heard it in ages until recently. Someone pointed out the lyrics could have been written by Jerry Falwell:

"and the Christmas bells that ring there
are the clanging chimes of doom
well tonight thank God it's them
instead of you"

First off, best lyric ever. It's nice to see rock stars fess up to enjoying their posh life. Yes Bono, thank GOD it's them and not us!

"And there won't 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?"

Because yeah, if they only knew it was xmas, things would be all better.

Posted by: Matt Haughey | Dec 1, 2004 10:14:17 AM

I always took it to mean that Bono was speaking with contempt of the people who hold that particular opinion... and that the latter half of the stanza had quotes around it...

and the Christmas bells that ring there/
are the clanging chimes of doom/
well tonight "thank God" it's them/
instead of you

and I took the chorus to mean that due to significant hardships many people weren't getting the opportunity to know that people across the world were choosing this day to celebrate human goodness, fraility, kindness, etc.

-but- after a few spins of Zooropa, I admit that either interpretation is equally likely to be correct. Really, who can tell what the authors of "Lemon" really thought?

Posted by: massless | Dec 1, 2004 8:54:22 PM

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