John Lennon and his wife Yoko One never shied from their roles as peace and political activists in the 70’s. The two took part in “bed-ins” and were outspoken advocates of the counterculture movement agains the Vietnam War, going so far as to rent billboards in cities across the country that read “WAR IS OVER! If You Want It – Happy Christmas from John & Yoko“. That was in 1969.

Fast-forward two years to 1971, Lennon came up with the theme and lyrics to “Merry Xmas (War is Over)”, which saw the songwriter provide an optimistic view of social unity and peaceful change with a holiday flare that witnessed the song skyrocket to the top of the charts and become an annual holiday favorite all over the world.

“And so this is Xmas (war is over)
For weak and for strong (if you want it)
For rich and the poor ones (war is over)
The world is so wrong (if you want it)
And so happy Xmas (war is over)
For black and for white (if you want it)
For yellow and red ones (war is over)
Let’s stop all the fight (now)”

Enjoy a listen to the Christmas standard below. Merry Xmas to all!