My Kind of Christmas Song 3

Today, 37 years ago John Lennon was killed. That is hard to type even now.  It was a terrible time.

I was very sick that night. I went to bed early. My parents watched Monday Night Football so they heard Howard Cosell give out the news and there was a crawl on the screen also. My parents decided I should get the rest and didn’t wake me. I was a super Beatles fan. They were big in my life. I was a senior in high school.

I was too sick to go to school still but sometime in the morning my little brother came in to wake me up before he left for school. He woke me up crying and saying he was sorry over and over. I asked what was wrong and when he quickly blurted that John had been killed, I thought What? No, this isn’t right. I comfort him and step out of bed and there are sticky notes on my radio, on the door of my room from my mom telling me how sorry she was. The living room was covered with notes of comfort from my family, mostly my mom. I was too sick to go to school for two more days. The school was having a memorial reading over the PA which I thought I missed. My father was an administrator at the school so they held up the memorial until I came back to school. One of the nice things he did for me.

There was a little reading and a song. I remember feeling a bit perturbed when the song chosen to honor John was a Paul song-either The Long and Winding Road (my least favorite Beatles song) or Hey Jude. I have somehow forgotten which song, but was so very touched that they did this.

My Beatles friends and I went to the vigils. It was just a time of stunning sadness.

But today I am going to list John & Yoko’s Happy Xmas (War Is Over) performed by  John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir as one of my Christmas songs. As it has been for me since 1976. The song first came out in 1971.

You might know the lyrics, but I’m going to post them anyway. I think it’s a pretty good message for any year, but this year for sure.

Happy Xmas (War is Over) Songwriters: John Lennon / Yoko Ono
So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young
A very Merry Christmas
And a happy new year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The world is so wrong
And so happy Christmas
For black and for white
For yellow and red one
Let’s stop all the fight
A very Merry Christmas
And a happy new year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
And so this is Christmas
And what have we done
Another year over
A new one just begun
And so happy Christmas
We hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young
A very Merry 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
la, la, ah, ah
Happy Christmas
Happy Christmas (happy Christmas)
Happy Christmas (happy Christmas)
Happy Christmas Yoko, Happy Christmas John, wherever you may be.
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5 thoughts on “My Kind of Christmas Song 3

  1. This is my favorite Christmas song. It makes me tear up with real tears, not the forced ones some songs try to wring out of you. War is over if you want it. If only more people shared his wish for peace. I was too young to remember when he was shot, but I can imagine how painful it had to be. He inspired a lot of people, and continues to long after his death.

    • Your comment made me tear up. I wish more people wanted peace too. The pain of his murder has never gone away for so many of us. I think of how much he and Yoko would have done to promote peace. I love this song too.

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