Food for Thought (song)  

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Ivory Madonna dying in the dust,
Waiting for the manna coming from the west
Barren is her bosom, empty as her eyes,
Death a certain harvest scattered from the skies

--""Food for Thought" (1980) by UB40

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"Food for Thought" is the first single released by British reggae band UB40. It reached number four in the UK Singles Chart in early 1980 and number one in New Zealand in September 1980.

The original single version is slightly shorter compared to the Signing Off album version, with the album version including a break using a synthesizer reverb (an early example of their mixing techniques that can be found on their album Present Arms in Dub).

According to Robin Campbell, the lyrics relate to "the hypocrisy of Christmas, the fact that there are starving people in Africa and here we are all sat around eating our Christmas dinner and praising the Lord".

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