Well, this is it folks, the final day and song of this year’s 12 Days of Christmas series which as most of you know comprises a collection of songs about hope. The first ten posts have given you songs from Bill Withers, The Beatles, Johnny Nash, Bob Marley, ELO, Sam Cooke, Monty Python, Curtis Mayfield, Fleetwood Mac, the Four Tops, and the Source featuring Candi Staton. In the next few days, there will be a Spotify playlist of all twelve tunes and any that you recommend, feel free to fire more of your recommendations to me. For my final choice, I wanted to use a Christmas song, but I struggled to find something appropriate. So after much deliberation, I chose a 1991 UK top five hit, produced by Suggs of Madness, “All Together Now” by the Farm. Why did I choose this as a Christmas selection? The lyrics were written about the Christmas Day Truce in World War I where, on Christmas Day 1914, soldiers from both sides put their weapons down, and met in no man’s land to exchange gifts and play football. This was an action driven by the soldiers, not the top brass. Personally I well up every time I hear it, but it also makes me feel inspired to think that we can change things by our actions and that whole thing shows the total futility of war in my view. I have immensely enjoyed putting these songs out there and I hope you have enjoyed listening to them. The world remains a strange, dark place, well it certainly feels that way here on Plague Island UK. But I sincerely hope that these songs help you even in a small way. Stay safe, stay strong and I will be there for you if you need me.
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