I still get chills recalling the echo of hundreds of people singing this in the passageways of the London Underground near Wembley stadium late on 13 July 1985 after the conclusion of the Live Aid concert. History in the making... I WAS THERE.
@j33433: i gave this a lot of thought because I read that the song was judged as condescending. But the lyrics are not condescending or patronising. The song is based on a Dickensian imagery - allegory. The rich and the poor. Critizing the rich for not looking out the window- is not condescending - not towards Africa at least. You do have a point that the song generalises its theme- but its a very small point -and kind of misses the point of the song = raising money for relief. Could they have done this by every celebrity just grabbing their wallets - well that just wouldn't have happened. It was a good idea and a decent song.
@bicknor they are singing about Africa, people in South Africa are Christians, but even if they are not, I think the point is that Christians in developed countries get the message and at least during Christmas time help those in need
Ok, that's what happens when leaving the christmas filter on 'I like my radio as it is'. One of most famous ...new... christmas songs in sunny April. I could worrie, but why? My iPod randomly played Kylies 'Santa Baby' and 'Let it snow' last week too, yep both songs. So in 8 months it all starts again. Get in the mood...