Saturday, December 19, 2009

John and Yoko - "Happy Xmas (War is Over)"

How appropriate that John and Yoko's war protest song is now routinely played alongside "Silent Night" and "The Little Drummer Boy" as a holiday standard - covered by the likes of Celine Dion and Neil Diamond.

Although it's easy to interpret (and some legitimate sources have) that John and Yoko are whispering "Happy Christmas" to themselves at the start of the song - the actual line is "Happy Christmas, Kyoko... Happy Christmas, Julian." (John and Yoko's respective kids at the time).

I have trouble believing this clip was made anywhere near 1971 - the year the song was released. It may, in fact, have been thrown together in 1980 or later. (The other version on YouTube - which is on EMI's "official" channel - is so depressing I don't even want to link to it).