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Listen to The Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir, ‘Happy Xmas-War Is Over’

I found the song “Happy Xmas-War is Over” floating around on Twitter and wanted to share with you since there is a direct connection to Harlem; and it is the holiday season.

You probably know the history around this song. However, just incase here it is: “Happy Xmas-War Is Over” is a song written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono and released in 1971 as a single by John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir. The lyric is based on a campaign in late 1969 by Lennon and Ono, who rented billboards and posters in eleven major cities around the world that read: “WAR IS OVER! (If You Want It) Happy Christmas from John and Yoko.” In 1971, the US was deeply entrenched in the unpopular Vietnam War.