The charity song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” has done an incredible amount of good in the past 30 years, providing famine relief to Africa both with sales from its various versions (1984, 1989, 2004) and by inspiring Live Aid, which raised even more cash. As we reported last week, another group of superstars from the UK gathered for Band Aid Thirty, whose proceeds will help the fight against ebola, another worthy cause. This time out, they’ve landed One Direction, Chris Martin of Coldplay (also a major player on the 2004 version), Sam Smith, Underworld, Sinead O’Connor, and more. But in the biggest news (okay, not the biggest news), Bono has changed the world’s most bone-headed lyric this time around: “Tonight thank God it’s them instead of you” has become “Tonight we’re reaching out and touching you.” (Presumably AT&T’s lawyers are gonna be cool with that, since this is for charity and all.) The former lyric, which Bono sang on the original and reportedly re-sang on Band-Aid 20 when Justin Hawkins of The Darkness didn’t do it justice, has been a source of controversy for years, with Bono defenders offering that it’s clearly sarcastic while those of us without that kind of forgiveness in our hearts realize it was just a stupid thing to sing that sounded smart at the moment. (Also, Bono didn’t write it; Midge Ure and Bob Geldof did.) Anyway, the line is now excised, and presumably all past versions will be cleaned up to reflect this change, then beamed directly to your iTunes. You can watch the video below, or just donate some damn money right here.
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