17 December: Yoko Ono: Listen The Snow Is Falling

Published December 17, 2012

John Lennon & Yoko Ono's 1971 Christmas single 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)' is familiar to most radio listeners and Christmas shoppers. Some would even say over-familiar, thanks to its ubiquity over the past four decades. But its B-side, 'Listen The Snow Is Falling', is not nearly as well-known, yet in its own way just as good.

Yoko Ono's singing voice may not be for everyone, teetering, as it does, on off-key territory, but I really like her performance here. The lyrics are simple yet poetic, the arrangement truly atmospheric, and the frailty of Yoko's vocals is somehow exactly right in this context. I hadn't heard the song in a long time when it re-surfaced as a bonus track on a CD-reissue of John and Yoko's Sometime In New York City album a few years ago, which reminded me of how great it is. So give Yoko a chance.

Listen to 'Listen The Snow Is Falling' here.


Yoko Ono: Listen The Snow Is Falling. This sleeve is from one of her own solo singles, for which she re-used the song as a B-side.