The song peaked at number three in the UK Singles Chart in December 1980, at one point only being kept from number one by two re-issued songs by John Lennon, who had been murdered on 8th December.
The song was never intended as a Christmas hit, but the line 'Wish I was at home for Christmas' as well as the brass band arrangements made it an appropriately styled song to play around Christmas time.
The song's promotional video is set in the trenches of the First World War. However the lyrics of the song mentions cavalry, Churchill (then serving as First Lord of the Admiralty) and nuclear fallout, and the line "I have had to fight, almost every night, down throughout these centuries". Lewie described the song's soldier as being "a bit like the eternal soldier at the Arc de Triomphe".
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Laughing Tonight - B-Side
Jona Lewie - Stop The Cavalry - Video