Alanis Morissette got into the holiday spirit this week by releasing a cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono‘s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”. The singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer released the cover on Friday, November 27th, along with a music video paying tribute to the iconic husband-wife duo.
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Musically speaking, the cover stays true to Lennon and Ono’s original sound. While Morissette’s rangy vocals take center-stage, the song’s sound and structure remains familiar to all who have spent decades listening to the original.
Morisstette paid tribute to Lennon and Ono with a video that saw Alanis and her family, as well as the families of her band members, singing the classic song. Morissette, her husband, and her three children are seen in a bed with the iconic “Bed Peace” sign placed above them, with clips of her band members’ and their families interspersed throughout.
“It is an honor to cover this heartwarming song,” said Morissette in a statement, according to Consequence of Sound. “The lyrics feel more pertinent than ever and this year has been a year of great resilience and adapting and feeling all the feelings. May this song serve as a big hug to you and your sweet families and friends. Everything is going to be okay in the end, and if it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”
Watch Morissette’s music video for “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” below.
Alanis Morissette – “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”
[Video: Alanis Morissette]