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This is Xmas, Sooo?

John Lennon and Yoko Ono
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
A poster for "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" is a song written and composed by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, which was released in 1971 as a single by John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir. It was the seventh single release by Lennon outside of his work with The Beatles. | Photo: 1969 Getty | John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Christmas, Poster, War,

Lennon's Immortal Song As Sung by Johnny Lemon

So, this is Xmas---what've YOU done?

Jesus, another year over, another one just about begun.

And, So, this is Xmas, I hope YOU have fun (and, by that I mean don't end up like me, okay?)

While you're having 'fun', don't expect the near or the deer one to understand,

especially the old or the young----I mean, they're four-legged creatures who allow us to decorate them with hideous antler ornaments, not to mention the stupid song about one named Rudolph, a name to which he does not respond, can you blame him?

Where was I? Oh, yeah, So, go ahead, see if those near deer ones care, just make it a good one, without too much beer---hey, rhymes with deer, and, um, fear, something I know all too well, out here all hours, lots of ho, ho, ho..s, and their Johns, ok? Jeez.

Yeah, So, this is Xmas, for weak and for strong---you know, those Johns preying, and not praying, ok? Just remember who in that little dance are the rich ones and which are the poor... Jeez, the road is so long, and no cabs.

Soo, happy Xmas, for black and for whites, dudes and dudettes, and also for red and yellow ones, everybody, could you pleeeeaaase stop all the fights!

With those stipulations, ok, have a very merry Xmas, and that other thing when the clock flips it year,

You better hope it's lots less bad, even a 'good' one, without so much damn fear---fear of what, each other? That's what it comes down to, ho, ho, ho, or John, no more hurting people, dat's what that sweet little boy, in..in Boston said, right?! [AUDIBLE SOBBING, SNIFFLING]

Boston Strong! That's my song... Johnny L., we hardly knew ya... and all the other little Johnnies and Janes out there, Mustafas and Mandellas, c'mon, lead us to... a place where it's always Xmas in that pump with a little brain, the heart, yeah...

Hey, Yoko, join in, would ya? Yeah, I knew ya would... Can you hear her, and John?! Listen, c'mon, juss lissen, I can hear 'em, can you? I'd give up beer, and, you know, tussling with the cops, at least for this year, if that could happen, now, listen...

"War is over, if you want it, war is over NOW!"

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