Stay in Bed & Grow Your Hair: John Lennon and Yoko Ono Protesting the Vietnam War

This looks like it’s the real deal — Yoko Ono’s tribute to John Lennon on YouTube. Among the video clips housed in the collection, you’ll find footage that recaptures the “bed-ins” that John and Yoko famously staged in Montreal and Amsterdam in 1969 to protest the Vietnam War. As Lennon puts it, there’s no better way to protest the war than to “stay in bed and grow your hair.” That’s a form of protest that the lost slacker in me can appreciate.

The footage is accompanied by the song, “Give Peace a Chance,” which was written during the bed-in. It was followed later that year by “War is Over! If You Want It – Happy Christmas From John and Yoko.” The heartbreaking YouTube video set to this song has over one million views.

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