3rd April 2012
One world, One dream
With the progress of human civilization and development of information exchange among human beings, society can become more connected. This progression and development not only occurs in one country, but all over the whole world. Famine and natural disaster are two big problems that happened around the world. For example, the famine in Africa, the tsunami in Indonesia, and the earthquake in Wenchuan, China are current problems. When those areas suffering from the invasion of hunger or disaster, people from all over the world will be concerned and give blessings to those who are being affected. Also, some singers will write charity songs in order to appeal for more people to help those in need. Two charity songs will be compared and contrasted. The first song is “Do They Know It’s Christmas” written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984 to raise money for the relief of the 1983–1985 famine in Ethiopia (Wikipedia, 2012). Geldof put together a group called Band Aid, consisting of leading British and Irish musicians who were among the most popular of the era. The second song is “We Are The World” which was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian for the album We Are the World. This is also a charity single originally recorded by the super-group United Support of Artists for Africa in 1985. There were 45 famous American singers that joined this group (Wikipedia, 2012). Although “Do They Know It’s Christmas” and “We Are The World” are charity songs with the same main ideas and both of them have repetition, they differ in the objections and perspectives.
The most common point of these two songs is that they are both charity songs, which express the famine in Africa. “Do They Know It’s Christmas” is a song to raise money for relief of famine in Africa by the British singers. "We are the world" which was sung by the famous singers in the United States had the same goal as “Do They Know It’s Christmas”. These two songs expressed their concern and good wishes for the refugees in Africa. When listening to these two songs, the lyrics and tones make you feel hope for the future. I think the people who were suffering from famine in Africa would have felt comfort, just like when there is a light for people who are walking in the dark. Also, it can appeal to the people who have the ability to help those who need help.
The second similarity is that these two songs have some repetition. In the song “Do They Know It's Christmas" it repeats two of the same sentences. The two repeated sentences are "let them know it's Christmas time again" and "feed the world". There are four of the same sentences repeated in the song "We Are The World". Those repeated sentences are "We are the world, we are the children. We are the ones who make a brighter day so let’s start giving. There's a choice we're making we're saving our own lives. It's true, we'll make a better day just you and me.” Repeating the lyrics not only brings the song to it’s climax, but also makes people aware of the necessity and urgency to help the people who are suffering the famine in Africa.
Although these two songs are charity songs, which encourage people, they also have some differences. The first is the objective of these two songs. In the lyrics, “Do They Know It’s Christmas” is more