Do They Know It's Christmas?

Initially released in 1984, Do They Know It’s Christmas? was a collaboration of top UK musicians, under the header Band Aid . The recording was made in an attempt to raise money for the starving in Ethiopia, who the world seemed to have forgotten.

In 2004, Band Aid 20, re-recorded the original song. The records sales were to support the people of Darfur, who were undergoing terrible atrocities at the hands of local rebels but being denied aid by the Sudanese government.

In 2104, Bob Geldof once again reformed Band Aid 30 to record an updated version of the tune, this time to support the fight against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The participants included some members of the two previous versions of Band Aid. Lyrics below show who sang each line.

[One Direction:] It's Christmas time, 
there's no need to be afraid

[Ed Sheeran:] At Christmas time,
we let in light and we banish shade

[Rita Ora:] And in our world of plenty
we can spread a smile of joy

[Sam Smith:] Throw your arms around the world
at Christmas time

[Paloma Faith:] But say a prayer
and pray for the other ones

[Emeli Sandé:] At Christmas time it's hard
but while you're having fun

[Guy Garvey:] There's a world outside your window
and it's a world of dread and fear

[Dan Smith:] Where a kiss of love can kill you

[Angelique Kidjo:] Where there's death in every tear

[Chris Martin:] And the Christmas bells that ring there
are the clanging chimes of doom

[Bono:] Well, tonight we're reaching out
and touching you

[Seal:] Bring peace and joy this Christmas
to West Africa

[Ellie Goulding:] A song of hope where
there's no hope tonight

[Sinéad O'Connor:] Why is comfort to be feared,
why is to touch to be scared?

[Bono:] How can they know
it's Christmas time at all?

[One Direction:] Here's to you

[Olly Murs:] Raise a glass to everyone

[Bastille:] Here's to them

[Sam Smith:] And all there is to come

[Rita Ora:] Can they know it's Christmas time at all?

[All:]
Feed the world
Let them know it's Christmas time again
Feel the world
Let them know it's Christmas time again
Heal the world
Let them know it's Christmas time again

Feed the world
Let them know it's Christmas time again
Feel the world
Let them know it's Christmas time again

Heal the world
Let them know it's Christmas time again
Feed the world
Let them know it's Christmas time again
Feel the world
Let them know it's Christmas time again

(Bob Geldof, Midge Ure, 1984.)
Updated and re-released 2014: https://youtu.be/i1jeiC-JEsI

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