Posted by Billyjam, December 23, 2007 09:32am | Post a Comment

War Is Over...if you want it
"War is over!" If only those three simple words were true. If only this current senseless war in Iraq, and the pending one in Iran  along with every other (inevitable) future war between nations was over and done with. If only there truly could be peace on earth forever. And why is this such a far-fetched idea? Why, in this current so-called progressive, high-technology, information age, where we should have learned long ago from history's mistakes (i.e., war is bad because war kills humans), are we still waging wars on one another?

The answer, I believe, lies in John Lennon's lyrics to this timeless anti-war song: war is over if you want it and I strongly believe that the reason we still have wars is because voters (especially in the USA) don't care enough to keep fighting for peace and not allowing administration after administration to trick us into thinking mass murder is justified because it is done in the name of fighting for our freedom. If we really, really wanted the war to bewar is over john lennon yoko ono over, it could be.

The above video collage set to John Lennon and Yoko Ono/The Plastic Ono Band's classic Happy Xmas (War Is Over) is put together by YouTuber Sakitamasao. The song itself was recorded 36 years ago at the Record Plant Studios in New York City with the help of producer Phil Spector. The children singing in the background, who really add to the overall beauty and power of this song and who were fully credited on the single's sleeve and even pictured on its cover (above), were from the Harlem Community Choir and would all be in their forties now, having lived through many more US wars since the Vietnam War -- which was what the song was recorded in protest of at its recording back in November, 1971. 

This song, which I could listen to a million times (even not at Christmas) and never tire of, would have to be my personal all time favorite Xmas song. But I am curious as to what yours might be, if any? Please vote in the COMMENTS box below for your favorite Holiday/Christmas song. Here below are some other forty nominated Xmas/holidayz songs that might be among your faves to vote for in the COMMENTS box below. Thanks!

1) White Christmas - Bing Crosby
2) The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole
3) Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley
4) My Little Drum - Vince Guaraldi (Charlie Brown Christmas)
5) Christmas in Hollis - Run DMC

6) Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses
7) Rockin Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
8) Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt  or Madonna
9) Feliz Navidad - Jose Feliciano
10) Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto- James Brown

11) Little Saint Nick - Beach Boys
12) Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town - Bruce Springsteen or The Jackson 5
13) The Chanukah Song - Adam Sandler
14) Christmas Rapping - Kurtis Blow
15) Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - U2

16) Ghetto Santa - Spyder D
17) Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy - Bing Crosby & David Bowie
18) Santa Claus Goes Straight To the Ghetto - Snoop Doggy Dogg
19) Snoopy vs. The Red Baron - Royal Guardsmen
20) You're a Mean One Mr Grinch - (soundtrack)

21) Grandma Got Runover By A Reindeer - Elmo and Patsy
22) Please Come Home For Christmas - the Eagles
23) Greensleeves - Vince Guaraldi
24) Millie Pulled A Pistol on Santa - De La Soul
25) Father Christmas - the Kinks

26) We Wish You A Merry Christmas - the Muppets
27) Chris Kringle is a Black Man - The M
28) Last Christmas - Wham!
29) Winter Wonderland - Eurythmics
30) Do You Hear What I Hear? - Whitney Houston

31) Wonderful Christmastime - Paul McCartney
32) Sleigh Ride - Carpenters or Johnny Mathis
33) Baby It's Cold Outside - Ray Charles & Betty Carter
34) Christmas in the Ghetto - Master P & TRU
35) Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Pretenders

36) I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday - Roy Wood & Wizard
37) Pretty Paper - Willie Nelson
38) All I Want For Christmas (Is You) - Mariah Carey
39) Merry Christmas Baby - Bruce Springsteen
40) Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid


Relevant Tags

John Lennon (38), War (16), Christmas (68)