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‘The ‘Glee’ Cast Hopes for Peace in ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ – Premiere

Actors cover John Lennon’s famous holiday song

Glee Cast, 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)'Glee Cast, 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)'


When John Lennon and Yoko Ono first released this song in 1971, it was in the midst of rallies, billboards and bed-ins as part of their larger anti-Vietnam War movement. Powered by optimism, holiday spirit and a plea for world peace, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” became a chart-climbing Christmas staple that’s been covered by many musicians over the years, including Neil Diamond, Celine Dion and Maroon 5.

Now, four decades later, Glee‘s lovable jock-gone-Gleek Finn (played by Cory Monteith) joins the tradition. Glee‘s cover starts quietly and, as in the original, the somber anti-war message doesn’t kick in until one minute into the song. “War is over, if you want it,” rings the chorus over and over again like a mantra, layering hope over hope.

“Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” is a single off Glee: The Music: The Christmas Album Volume Three, due on December 11th and available for download on iTunes. Glee‘s holiday-themed episode will air on Thursday, December 13th at 9pm EST on FOX.


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