This song for some reason really does wind me up. I have discussed it with several people of the past week or so and there seems to be an agreement that not only is this song wildly inappropriate but quite offensive. I understand that there are millions out there that LOVE this song and will probably have opinions to share that will make my comments box somewhat of an unsavoury place to go so please do hold such thoughts in and display them somewhere else.
As the song was originally written for charity purposes it was obviously a song written with the best intentions however I think those intentions were slightly misguided. The continent of Africa has like many other undeveloped areas suffer from famine and poor health however that is not saying that Africa in its entirety fall into the same category. There are areas that are incredibly affluent however they are suffering under the hands of strong political forces that favour corruption to other such conservative or liberal views. I am sure if the Great British public heard a song that stated ‘all they’re going to get this year is life’ there would be something that would strike offense to at least a few individuals strong-minded or otherwise.
This song has been around for many years and has become somewhat legendary so I am sure it will not be dropping off the shelves. My point is that if people actually bothered to listen to the lyrics in the first place rather than just singing along because a bunch of famous people deemed it a song of good will to all men. They might have realised it was in fact a massive piss take to a thriving continent! Yes there is AIDS in Africa but it is a disease that is actually spread around the world and not just concentrated in this part.
The video for this song highlights some terrible parts of Africa which really have suffered terrible hunger and health issues but is it really necessary for such lines as:
‘Thank God it’s them instead of you?’
Yes a lot of money was made from this song and donated to the people who were in much need of food, water and other such things we don’t even contemplate going without but the lyrics still really get to me!
Those are my thoughts on this song and I am by no way stating that I am right or people should agree with what I think so get those knickers untwisted peeps!