Wednesday, September 26, 2018

It’s Over … If You Want It

As we enter into our annual sing-along, please note that over the last three or four years, we have traveled around the world and learned about the origins of most of our traditional songs. It is now time to focus on the more present day Christmas tunes.

This contemporary Christmas song was released in 1971 and featured the Harlem Community Choir made up of 4- to 12-year-olds as backup. It was set to the tune of a traditional English ballad by the title of Skewball, which had been interpreted by the likes of Woody Guthrie and offered as a call and response chain gang song recorded by Lead Belly. It was originally written as a cowboy waltz.

This tune was co-opted by John & Yoko Plastic Ono band where John wrote new lyrics and Yoko added nothing to the song but her name. It debuted as a single in 1971 in the U.S. and in November of 1972 in the U.K. where it went to #4 on the charts.

This was Lennon’s seventh release outside of the Beatles.

This Vietnam protest song has become a Christmas standard and has been covered by other artists, including Andy Williams, Neil Diamond and Sarah McLaughlin.

John and Yoko capped off their year of peace activism with this song, and it was launched with billboards paid for by the Lennons in 12 cities that simply said:

War is Over … If you want it. – Happy Christmas from John & Yoko.

With the sound of hope and promise, we begin the 2018 Countdown to Christmas, and here are a number of other things that bring the promise of squeals of delight and the hope that these gifts will be in your Christmas stocking.

Dangle Earrings for Women

Blonde Peach Jewelry

Pink Hearts and Stars Dog Bandana


Copper Circle Heart Dangle Women's Earrings

Garnet Red Irish Crochet Heart with Beaded 3D Red Roses


1 Corinthians 16:14 Love Bible Passage Wall Hanging Plaque Handmade By KevsKrafts

Kevs Krafts 

North Star Handmade Dichroic Fused Glass Pendant with Cubic Zirconia


Microphone Earrings

The Singing Beader 

Brick Stitch Heart Earrings


Ruby Red Hand Knit Valentine's Day Hearts Dish Cloth or Wash Cloth


Cat Lover Heart Bangle Bracelet with Charms

Blue Morning Expressions 


Silver Heart Necklace

Pretty Gonzo 

Dog Rescue Heart Paw Print Earrings, Turquoise Chandelier Jewelry Gift

Shadow Dog Designs

Turquoise Howlite Hearts and Antique Copper Leverback Dangle Earrings


Lampwork Glass Heart Bead Coral Orange Handmade Ivory Band Silver Sm

Covergirl Beads 

Don’t see what you are looking for? Maybe you will find it in some of the following showcases or ask one of our talented artists to design something special for you.

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  1. What a wonderful, meaningful blog, Julie. That song always brings back memories - both good ones and ones not so good. It IS a favorite Christmas song, though. Your selection of heart items is brilliant and plays into the song perfectly. Many thanks for including my dog rescue earrings. Will share the post and items far and wide. Belly rubs and treats to Hurricane Harry from Snoozin' Moose.

  2. Thank you Julie, for the blog and for including my earrings. Great selections. I have shared all everywhere.

  3. My goodness Julie, you certainly put a lot of thought into this post! Thank you. Sharing far and wide.

  4. That's Mike's favorite Christmas song to sing at karaoke. Thank you Julie for including my mic earrings along with all these other terrific handmade goodies! Shared...

  5. Oh my goodness, Julie. I checked out Peter, Paul & Mary singing Skewball, and sure enough! The basic melody was borrowed. It's funny, I heard Skewball half a million times when a kid - my older sister loved PP&M, and played their records all the time on her phonograph. Here's the link, if anyone's interested:

    Thanks so much, Julie! Will be sharing everything to Pinterest, at my BMECountdown board. Happy sales! :)

  6. Very interesting blog and enjoyed the song. Thanks for including my lampowkr heart beads in your blog.