• Happy Xmas (War is Over)

    Music & lyrics by John Lennon

    I just could not throw in some cheesy Xmas songs. Neither could I in all decency inflict the original version of this song on you while Yoko shamelessly butchered it with all her caterwauling during the chorus as if someone was trying to strangle her — the news of the world of depressing enough without adding further misery (here's the direct link for those who fear nothing). So I chose this excellent cover by my former “heroes” — which doesn't make us feel any younger (well, around the matter of candles, they're well ahead of me anyway). This song, which will do for New Year's eve as well, was written in the midst of the Vietnam War and was inspired by an international peace campaign launched by the Lennon-Ono couple in 1969 in several big cities around the world. Very popular in the UK since Lennon was murdered, it is now regarded as a mainstream Christmas standard. The Alarm released this cover in the early 1990's. On the video below, they perform it on TV with the Welsh choir they used on several tracks of their Change/Newid album available both in English and in Welsh. Nadolig llawen!

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    So this is Christmas and what have you done
    Another year over a new one just begun
    So this is Christmas I hope you have fun
    The near and the dear ones, the old and the young

    And so this is Christmas for weak and for strong
    For rich and for poor ones the road is so long
    And so Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year
    Let's hope it's a good one without any fear

    War is over if you want it
    War is over now

    So this is Christmas for black and for white
    For yellow and red ones let's all stop the fight
    So Happy Christmas and what have you done
    Another year over a new one just begun
    And so Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year
    Let's hope it's a good one without any fear

    War is over if you want it
    War is over now
    War is over if you want it
    War is over now

    War is over if you want it
    War is over now
    War is over if you want it
    War is over now
    War is over if you want it
    War is over now

    © John Lennon, 1970

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