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Do They Know It's Christmas? is a song written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984 to raise money for relief of the 1983–85 famine in Ethiopia. The original version was produced by Midge Ure and released by Band Aid on 28 November 1984. At a press conference on 10 November 2014, Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure announced that in 2014 a group of artists would again come together to re-record the song, this time under the banner of 'Band Aid 30' and in aid of the Ebola crisis. It was released on the following Monday, 17 November, just 11 days short of the 30th anniversary of the release of the original version of the track.

BackgroundEdit

Tracy Emin has provided the artwork and Paul Epworth is producing the track. Vocal contributions have come from artists including Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Paloma Faith, Ellie Goulding, Seal, Sam Smith, Sinéad O'Connor, Rita Ora, Emeli Sandé, Bastille, Olly Murs as well as Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, who recorded the opening lines in the 2004 version, U2 frontman Bono, who famously sang the tenth line of the song in both the 1984 and 2004 versions, with Queen drummer Roger Taylor on drums.

ChartsEdit

Chart (2014)     Peak
position    
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 2

LyricsEdit

It’s Christmas time – and there’s no need to be afraid
At Christmas time – we let in light – and banish shade
And in our world of plenty – we can spread a smile of joy
Throw your arms around the world
At Christmas time

But say a prayer – pray for the other ones
At Christmas time – it’s hard but while you’re having fun
There’s a world outside your window – and it’s a world of dread and fear
Where a kiss of love can kill you – and there’s death in every tear
And the Christmas bells that ring there – are the clanging chimes of doom
Well tonight we’re reaching out and touching you

No peace and joy this Christmas in West Africa
The only hope they’ll have is being alive
Where to comfort is to fear
Where to touch is to be scared
How can they know it’s Christmas time at all

Here’s to you
Raise a glass to everyone
And here’s to them
And all their years to come
Let them know it’s Christmas after all

Feed the world - Let them know it’s Christmastime again
Feel the world - Let them know it’s Christmastime again
Heal the world - Let them know it’s Christmastime again

Music VideoEdit

Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It’s Christmas? (2014)04:51

Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It’s Christmas? (2014)

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