“This is an alternative to violence: stay in bed and grow your hair.” One of the many perfectly momentous quotes from John Lennon, sitting beside Yoko Ono during their infamous non-violent protest on this day back in 1969. Recorded in Montreal, after a two-week “Bed-In” in Amsterdam, and because the U.S. wasn’t allowing the Beatle back into the states at the time because of his ’68 doobage conviction, Lennon and Ono manipulated attention directed at their recent marriage earlier that spring in March and spent their honeymoon promoting peace. Press were invited into their hotel room for twelve hours a day, for two weeks straight. Dress it as colorful as you want, call it contrived, call it a waste of time, but anything you say will be drowned out by the simplicity of what this couple and the world were saying during one of America’s most turbulent social and political eras, captured on a four-track recorder with some foot stomps, a whole bunch of organic yelps and a repeating chorus to artistically meditate the point home, titled purely, “Give Peace a Chance:”

Ev’rybody’s talkin’ ’bout
Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism, Ragism, Tagism
This-ism, that-ism, ism ism ism
All we are saying is give peace a chance
All we are saying is give peace a chance

(C’mon)
Ev’rybody’s talkin’ ’bout
Minister, Sinister, Banisters and Canisters,
Bishops, Fishops, Rabbis, and Pop Eyes, Bye bye, Bye byes
All we are saying is give peace a chance
All we are saying is give peace a chance

(Let me tell you now)
Ev’rybody’s talkin’ ’bout
Revolution, Evolution, Masturbation, Flagellation, Regulation,
Integrations, mediations, United Nations, congratulations
All we are saying is give peace a chance
All we are saying is give peace a chance

Ev’rybody’s talkin’ ’bout
John and Yoko, Timmy Leary, Rosemary,
Tommy Smothers, Bobby Dylan, Tommy Cooper,
Derek Taylor, Norman Mailer, Alan Ginsberg, Hare Krishna
Hare Hare Krishna
All we are saying is give peace a chance
All we are saying is give peace a chance