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December 17th, 2006

Song Of The Day @ 12:26 am

canadanne:
Last December volare gave "Do They Know It's Christmas?" the SOTD treatment, along with a live performance of Peace On Earth. That makes it an official U2 community tradition for SOTD to feature Christmassy songs at this time of year. *nod*

Not being one to break with tradition, today I have selected:

Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

That's a John Lennon song, for those of you who have been living on Pluto your whole lives. U2 performed a live acoustic cover of it on 16th December 1988, on The Late Late Show in Ireland. It's cute as anything - follow the cut tag to watch it on YouTube!




Ahhh, U2 + warm fuzzy Christmas song = yay! :D
OK, so Bono doesn't seem to know all of the lyrics, nor is it as rich-sounding as the original... but you'd have to be quite the Scrooge to go nitpicking this performance. For what it is, it's just really sweet, and something for U2 fans to happily dust off year after year along with the house decorations!
Bono's sincere, passionate singing is one of the highlights - for some reason I particularly love the way he sings "Let's hope it's a good one". :)  Edge's harmonies on the final chorus are also lovely. And of course, Larry + tambourine = yay! :D
Just *try* not to melt when Bono gives that little wink at the end...


LYRICS

So this is Christmas
And what have we done
Another year over
A new one just begun

And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
Your near and your dear ones
Your old and your young

And so Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear

So this is Christmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The wait is so long

And so Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear

And so 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, if you want it
War is over, if you want it
War is over, if you want it



I've uploaded my MPEG of that performance (it's only small, 6.14 MB), and there's also an MP3 if anyone wants it. :)

Stay tuned for more festive fun!
 
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From:sapphires13
Date:December 17th, 2006 01:33 am (UTC)
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Awwww, thanks =) I hadn't watched that since last year, and had forgotten how adorable it all is. Although Larry + tambourine never fails to make me laugh XD
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From:unorthodox_muse
Date:December 17th, 2006 08:31 am (UTC)
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Good one Annie!

X O
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From:lydia_petze
Date:December 17th, 2006 09:38 am (UTC)
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Awww, that's adorable! Thankyou!
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From:bonoinakilt
Date:December 18th, 2006 03:31 am (UTC)
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i love this cover. and i thought i had a copy of it but i dont. and i've been trying to download it from ysi since yesterday and it won't let me. is there anyway that you could email it to me? it would be very much appreciated! :)
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From:canadanne
Date:December 18th, 2006 11:04 am (UTC)
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Sure, I can do that later today (unless someone beats me to it!). Did you want the MP3, the video or both? And what's your email addy?
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From:bonoinakilt
Date:December 18th, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
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thank you sooooo much!!! i just want the mp3. and my email addy is sexybono@aol.com thank you!!! :)
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From:canadanne
Date:December 18th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
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OK, I think I've sent it to you, but let me know if it doesn't seem to have reached you, as AOL kept crashing on me while I was doing it!
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From:lydia_petze
Date:December 18th, 2006 11:27 pm (UTC)
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Thankyou! :-)

I watched the vid on the day you posted, but I have been trying this long for YSI to give up the goodies. Persistence, thy name is Fangirl.

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