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I love you!

Yoko Ono Lennon
1 December 2015




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Dear Friends,

The WAR IS OVER! campaign was once a tiny seed, which spread and covered the Earth.

John and I believed it helped many people to stop their wars. Since then, every WAR IS OVER! campaign has impacted the world as powerfully as the first one.

Start yours tomorrow, and you will see that it spreads and covers the world very fast and, meanwhile, makes you a Small Pebble Person.

Small Pebble People are people who know that small pebbles, when they’re dropped in the ocean, will immediately affect the ocean of the whole wide world.

Don’t throw a big stone. It scares people and creates repercussions.

Just drop a small pebble.
We’ll keep doing it. Together.
That’s how the world gets changed…by Small Pebble People.
We change, and the world changes.

Happy Holidays.

I love you!

Yoko Ono Lennon
1 December 2015



When we stick posters around saying, “WAR IS OVER – If You Want It”, what we’re trying to promote is an awareness in people of how much power they have, and not to rely on the government, or leaders, or teachers so much that they’re all passive or automatons. They have to have new hope.

Everybody’s looking for goals and answers; the youth especially.

What we’re trying to tell them is that “You are the goal. Nobody on earth can do it for you. Whatever it is you want, you must do it yourself.”

John Lennon, 1969



The WAR IS OVER! campaign was originally launched by John Lennon and Yoko Ono on 15th December, 1969.

Billboards with the inscription “WAR IS OVER! IF YOU WANT IT Happy Christmas from John & Yoko” were placed in 11 cities worldwide: New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Rome, Athens, Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, London, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Along with these billboards leaflets were distributed, posters plastered up, newspaper advertisements placed and radio announcements made.

When John was asked how much the billboards cost, he replied “I don’t know – but it is cheaper than someone’s life.”



To launch the campaign, on December 15, 1969 John played at a “Peace For Christmas” charity concert, held at the Lyceum Theatre on behalf of the United Nations Children’s Fund.

Behind the stage a huge “War Is Over” billboard was erected. John had got together the nucleus of the Plastic Ono Band-Alan White on drums and Klaus Voormann; bass, and he had asked George Harrison, who had been performing with Delaney and Bonnie, to come join them. Right up to the last minute we didn’t know if he would come. From the miniscule upstairs dressing room at the Lyceum, I called to find out what was happening, and was informed that everybody was on the way. Ten minutes later George appeared along with Eric Clapton, the complete Delaney and Bonnie Band, Billy Preston, and Keith Moon.

“War Is Over” was an effective campaign and the culmination of John and Yoko’s attempt at media saturation. Its very internationalism was impressive and the billboards drew positive response from the public in every city.

by Antony Fawcett, former PA to John & Yoko, from his book ‘One Day At A Time’.



Howard Smith interview with John & Yoko at Ronnie Hawkins’ Ranch, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, 17 Dec 1969.

Part One:

Part Two:

John & Yoko detail their new campaign for peace, discuss a week they spent earlier in the month with camera crews for two British documentaries, a newly released live album, and a benefit concert they had recently played in London.

Just two days prior, posters had been put up in 12 cities around the world bearing this enduring, simple message: “WAR IS OVER! – IF YOU WANT IT – Happy Christmas from John & Yoko”.

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Happy Christmas Kyoko
Happy Christmas Julian

So this is Christmas and what have you done?
Another year over and a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas, I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one, the old and the young
A very merry Christmas and a happy new year
Lets hope it’s a good one without any fear

And so this is Christmas for weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones, the road is so long
And so happy Christmas for black and for white
For yellow and red ones, let’s stop all the fight
A very merry Christmas and a happy new year
Lets hope it’s a good one without any fear

And so this is Christmas and what have we done
Another year over and a new one just begun
And so happy Christmas we hope you have fun
The near and the dear one, the old and the young
A very merry Christmas and a happy new year
Lets hope it’s a good one without any fear

War is over if you want it
War is over now.

Written by John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Copyright © 1971 Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group



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