Boney M (Boonoonoonoos)

Official Album Cover
Official Album Cover

The Album

Boney M (Boonoonoonoos) is the fifth studio album by Boney M, released in November 1981. However, in September of that year, the band released a single from the album titled “Don’t Kill the World,” which addressed the environmental issues that were becoming more pressing at the time. The single was a commercial success, and it set the tone for the rest of the album, which was a blend of traditional Christmas songs and original compositions that touched on a range of social and political issues.

“Don’t Kill the World” is a powerful and thought-provoking song that highlights the importance of preserving the environment for future generations. The lyrics are poignant and relevant even today, as the world grapples with the devastating effects of climate change. The song’s message is conveyed through the use of hauntingly beautiful harmonies and a memorable melody that stays with the listener long after the song has ended.

The rest of the album is a testament to the band’s versatility and creativity, with a mix of traditional Christmas songs and original compositions that tackle a range of social and political issues. The album’s title track, “Boonoonoonoos,” celebrates the blessings of life, while the medley of traditional Christmas songs showcases the band’s ability to infuse their signature disco beats into any genre.

However, it is the original compositions on the album that truly stand out. Songs like “Homeland Africa” and “We Kill the World (Don’t Kill the World)” highlight the band’s commitment to raising awareness about important social and political issues. “Homeland Africa” celebrates the cultural contributions of Africa to music, while “We Kill the World (Don’t Kill the World)” is a call to action to protect the environment and preserve the planet for future generations.

The album also features some of the band’s signature disco beats, which are sure to get listeners up and dancing. Tracks like “Ride to Agadir” and “African Moon” showcase the band’s ability to seamlessly blend different musical styles and create a unique sound that is instantly recognizable.

Overall, Boonoonoonoos is a masterful album that showcases Boney M’s ability to blend traditional music with modern disco beats while tackling important social and political issues. The album is a testament to the band’s versatility and creativity, and it remains a timeless classic that continues to be enjoyed by music lovers around the world.

The addition of “Don’t Kill the World” as a single from the album adds an extra layer of social commentary and highlights the band’s commitment to using their music as a platform to raise awareness about important issues. The song’s message is as relevant today as it was when it was first released, and it serves as a reminder of the urgent need to address the environmental issues facing the planet.

Track Listing

  1. Boonoonoonoos
  2. That’s Boonoonoonoos/Train To Skaville
  3. Silly Confusion
  4. Ride To Agadir
  5. Jimmy
  6. African Moon
  7. We Kill The The World (Don’t Kill The World)
  8. Homeland Africa
  9. Malaika
  10. Consuela Biaz
  11. Breakaway
  12. Sad Movies
  13. Goodbye my Friend

Conclusion

In conclusion, Boney M (Boonoonoonoos) is a must-have album for anyone who loves music that celebrates diversity and tackles important social and political issues. It is a timeless classic that remains relevant and inspiring more than four decades after its release. Whether you are a fan of traditional Christmas music or disco beats, this album has something for everyone, and it is sure to become a beloved addition to your music collection.

We Kill The The World (Don’t Kill The World)

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Lyrics

“I see mushrooms, atomic mushrooms
I see rockets, missiles in the sky

Concrete’s rising up, where yearerday was park you heard the Robin’s Song
Heavy tractor runswhere air was clean and coolmake money, bringing fuel
Where will this lead toand what is this good for? A Poor World, Poor World
Fishes doomed to dieas people live close byand oaktree falls with moon
Parking lots will comewith flowerfields were brightas junkyard covers sight
Where will this lead toand what is this good for? Poor world, is hurting bad, Poor world, is doomed to die
We kill the world kill the world
We surely do
In peace we do
We kill the world kill the world’cause we don’t know what we are doing

Promenades must go
So cars can drive in row
New factory towers tall
Farmhouse had to fall
No flowers in the air
Pollution everywhere
Where will this lead to
And what is this good for
Poor world is hurting bad
Poor world is doomed to die

We kill the world kill the world
We surely do
In peace we do
We kill the world kill the world’cause we don’t know what we are doing

We kill the world kill the world
We surely do
In peace we do
We kill the world

Don’t kill the world
Don’t let her down
Do not destroy basic ground
Don’t kill the world
Our means of life
Lend ear to nature’s cry

Don’t kill the world
She’s only we have
And surely is
Worth to save

Don’t let her down
Fight for the trees
Go on and do
The one who wins is you

Don’t kill the world
Help her survive

Cherish the world
A present from God
On behalf of all creatures
Made by the Lord
Care for the Earth
Foundation of life
Slow progress down, help her survive

Don’t kill the world
Don’t let her down
Do not destroy basic ground
Don’t kill the world
Our means of life
Don’t kill the world
Our world”

Reference

Boonoonoonoos – Wikipedia