December 1, 2021, marks the 50th anniversary of John Lennon’s Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – US release. The song was a protest against the Vietnam war, and it’s also about reflecting on the year that just passed and what one did.
The music is Brit Pop. The ballad is beautiful, with a wavy rhythm. Phil Spector, John Lennon, and Yoko Ono produced this single. John Lennon asked the guitarists to add mandolin-style riffs parallel to Try Some, Buy Some. The combination of the guitar, the tambourine, and the piano in this song complement the piece’s intricacy and melodic structure. The beat is timeless and memorable in its rhythm and sounds. The music starts slow and simplistic, then transitions into an uplifting rhythm, for which the song is known.
John Lennon’s voice is soulful and rich, and he sings smoothly and softly. He performed the song with Harlem Community Choir – their voices blend nicely, singing in unison. According to sources, both John Lennon and Yoko Ono whisper Happy Christmas to their children from their previous marriages.
The lyrics are profound and positive. John Lennon and Yoko Ono wrote Happy Xmas (War Is Over) as part of their activism for peace. The song isn’t just for the better days after a war – it also represents overcoming adversity in life – a symbolic aspect that is powerful and full of hope. This piece is well-written and from the heart. This Christmas single is timeless and represents a time of much-needed joy and happiness.
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) is a classic that I enjoy hearing every year. It’s a timeless piece, 50 years later!