Stop The Cavalry was Jona Lewie's sixth single release and made #3 in the UK charts during December 1980. The song originally reached #1 in France during the summer and was actually a protest song, but the brass band arrangements and the line "Wish I Was at Home for Christmas turned it into a popular (some would say novelty) festive hit.

Re-issues by John Lennon following his murder on 8th December prevented this from hitting the top spot. The video was set in the trenches of the First World War.

Ah yes, I remember the sleeve below. One of only a few Christmas records I owned. I also had Boney M with Mary's Boy Child and Wombling Merry Christmas by The Wombles! 

Jona Lewie - Stop The Cavalry single sleeve

Lyrics for Stop The Cavalry

I've always wondered exactly what the lyrics were, and as is often the case, they're slightly different than what I used to sing to myself.


You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties - Jona Lewie