Stop the Cavalry (2:58)

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Stop the Cavalry is a song written and performed by the musician, Jona Lewie.

The song peaked at number three in the UK Singles Chart in December , at one point only being kept from number one by two re-issued songs by John Lennon, who had been murdered on 8 December.

The song was never intended as a 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 is set at the front during a British war, though references to cavalry, Churchill and nuclear fallout make its exact chronology indeterminate. Lewie described the song’s protagonist as being “a bit like the eternal soldier at the Arc de Triomphe” - in other words, representing all soldiers in all wars (as evidenced by the line “I have had to fight, almost every night, down throughout these centuries”) rather than any specific conflict. However, the song’s promotional video is set in the trenches of the First World War.

The song’s melody is loosely based on a theme from Swedish Rhapsody No. 1 by Hugo Alfvén, and its major musical elements copied directly from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Rondo in D Major, K382. “Stop the Cavalry” reached #2 in Australia behind Slim Dusty’s Duncan.

Jona Lewie’s version was issued by Stiff Records (catalogue number Buy 104).


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  • metawirt2

    my christmas song 2014. should be broadcasted 24/7...

    25 Dec 2014 Reply
  • orses4corses

    We Brits are genius at these Christmas tunes!

    9 Dec 2014 Reply
  • alex_weston_54

    Great festive song, not played enough during Christmas.

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
  • XDRory

    Also, great song, liven up a bit you bitches.

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • XDRory

    "If you can manage to empty your mind of the over-familiarity and Christmassy associations of this song, you really begin to appreciate what a load of rubbish it is." Not only are you wrong, but I feel sorry for you if you actually appreciate loads of rubbish.

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • hexe63

    :-) Jeeeeeeeeees very gooooooooood :-)

    9 Apr 2013 Reply
  • culturedeluxe

    Hmm, February on radio...still playing my festive indiscretions. Oh well, go for it.

    11 Feb 2013 Reply
  • culturedeluxe

    Ah, January on radio...full of my festive indiscretions. Play on!

    27 Jan 2013 Reply
  • justnice61

    This has got to be the best Christmas song ever!!

    25 Dec 2012 Reply
  • andymadden

    This was the single I ever EVER bought with my hard earned pocket money!! THE MEMORIES!!!! I played it to death, and still love it....

    22 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Embryonicboy

    This is a great song, Christmas or not. Yeah it's about being at war and wanting to come home for Christmas. Out of all the Christmas songs this is perhaps the most meaningful.

    21 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Ninetyeightytwo

    flickofthewrist - the song's not pointless or non-sensical, it's about war. Specifically, the futility thereof and homesickness. You might not like it, but it's not without meaning.

    19 Dec 2012 Reply
  • ohwiefein

    Höre es immer wieder gerne.

    8 Dec 2012 Reply
  • My_Cacaphony

    good YEAR-ROUND.

    7 Jul 2012 Reply
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    15 May 2012 Reply
  • flickothewrist

    This drivel was probably written and recorded during a party maybe in the kitchen, non-sensical and pointless dross

    7 Jan 2012 Reply
  • mbatey

    If you can manage to empty your mind of the over-familiarity and Christmassy associations of this song, you really begin to appreciate what a load of rubbish it is.

    3 Jan 2012 Reply
  • stevie1966

    great tune :)

    22 Dec 2011 Reply
  • crocy2

    eigentlich als Anti-Kriegssong komponiert, jetzt ein Weihnachtsklassiker...

    22 Dec 2011 Reply
  • thenoisepolice

    This or the Pogues? Tough call...... No, It's this :) !

    22 Dec 2011 Reply
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