This Irish folk ballad is frequently voted for as the No.1 best
Christmas song of all time and reached #2 in the UK (#1 in Ireland) in
1988. It was kept off the top spot by Pet Shop Boys cover of Always On My Mind.
The festive tune featured on the album If I Should Fall from Grace with God, and was originally planned as a duet with the Pogues bassist Cait
O'Riordon, but he left the band in 1986 before the song was finished!
Kirsty MacColl was asked to sing a guide vocal, but she was so good that
she ended up singing in the final version!