Christmas Song of the Day: “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)” by John Lennon and Yoko Ono
The lyrics for “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)” are based on a 1969 ad campaign started by John Lennon and wife Yoko Ono. The pair rented billboards in New York City, Tokyo, Rome, Athens, Amsterdam, London, Paris and Toronto that read…”War Is Over (If You Want It) Happy Christmas from John and Yoko.” Although it was a Vietnam War protest song, it has become a holiday standard since it’s release in December, 1971.
It was 29 years ago today that Lennon was murdered outside the Dakota Apartments in New York City on his way home to see his son. Happy Christmas, John.