Reader’s comment:

“Christmas Eve” was inspired by a true incident in which a young couple — a Serbian boy and Muslim girl — tried to escape Sarajevo by crossing over that city’s one remaining bridge.

“When the girl was shot and killed by a sniper, the boy refused to leave her and he got shot, too,” O’Neill says. “Their two bodies lay there the whole day, still holding hands, and nobody could move them because they were afraid to go on the bridge.”

Another report says:

“Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24″ was inspired by the true story of a cellist who refused to be intimidated by the gunfire in his native city of Sarajevo. His playing outdoors amidst the shelling all around him represented the defiance of the violence that tore the city to pieces only a few years after it hosted the Olympics.

With a 80% Bosniak population, Christmas is not popular in Sarajevo. I was here during Christmas and saw few signs of Christmas. There was only this one night as I walked home from work that I saw two Christmas trees in front of the Cathedral in the center. I felt a bit strange. Christmas meant little to me, however, I was raised and lived in two cultures where Christmas was a huge deal.

Does anybody know if this song has anything to do with Sarajevo? Was is performed here or written with specific events related to Sarajevo in mind? In the video, there are flashing images of flags and political figures. They are too fast, I could recognize only Bill Clinton.

I read their Christmas Eve’s story and still have no clue what they are talking about: something about the lord, children, and soldiers. Perhaps, the group was influenced by the recent events in Bosnia and Sarajevo. Remember, the war ended in 1995, not to long before the album was released.

Debut album Christmas Eve and Other Stories in 1996