Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Artist: Dolores O’ Riordan (Featuring)
Live recording
Length: -:– (2002), 3:37 (2006)

LYRICS

So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
So  this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear ones
The old and the young

A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Christmas (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 (Now)
And so Happy Christmas (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)

A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Christmas (War is over)
And what have we done
(If you want it)
Another year over
(War is over)
And a new one just begun
(Now)
And so Happy Christmas (War is over)
I hope you have fun (If you want it)
The near and the dear one (War is over)
The old and the young (Now)

A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

War is over if you want it
War is over now

(Underlined lyrics: Lines sung by Dolores in 2006)

CREDIT INFORMATION

Written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Apple Records

MEANING

N/A

NOTES

  • Dolores O’Riordan sang Happy Xmas (War Is Over) twice: during the Concerto di Natale in Vaticano in 2002 and the Concerto di Natale at Monte-Carlo in 2006. All the artists performing at those concerts sang the song together.
  • The original song was first released as a single in 1971 by John Lennon & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir. The song was first published on an album on the 1975 compilation Shaved Fish.
  • In 2008, Marco Mendoza, who worked with Dolores O’Riordan on her solo albums, also covered the song with several hard rock artists on the album We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year.

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