Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Three Tenors: Happy Christmas

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The Three Tenors, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and José Carreras, arguably the three most popular male vocalists in contemporary opera, sing John Lennon's Happy Christmas/War is Over.

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) was written by John Lennon, released as a single in 1971 by John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and the Plastic Ono Band on Apple Records. It included the children's vocals of the Harlem Community Choir. (The more traditional version, including the Harlem Community Choir, can be viewed and heard here.)

This particular clip is from Christmas in Vienna, December 1999. Their singing, a testament to John Lennon's lyrics, helps to make legitimate the song's message of peace among the social cognoscenti. Peace is the normal and moral desire of most of the world's people, hence the song's universal appeal.

Happy Christmas (War is Over)
By John Lennon
So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
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
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The world is so wrong
And so happy Christmas
For black and for white
For yellow and red ones
Let's stop all the fight
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
And what have we done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
Ans so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
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
War is over over
If you want it
War is over
Now...
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