John Lennon: Happy Xmas (War is Over)
Bells. Guitar. John (oh John, how we miss you). A slow build to a celebratory chorus with just a hint of bittersweet. A waltz, the swaying tipsy laughter. Hope, excruciating and generous: War is over, if you want it. Applause.
It's tempting to say more. But some songs speak for themselves.
Bonus: My favorite covers, two of many that take a more melancholy approach.
Damien Rice: Happy Christmas (War is Over)
Teleportation Please: Happy Xmas (War is Over)
A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, everyone. Let's hope it's a good one, without any fear.