#824: 1983, The Pretenders, 2000 Miles

by Jackie_South on December 24, 2013

Charlie East-West pretty much exhausted the list of possible Christmas songs in his Top Ten last week. George and I were lucky enough to get to see The Pogues perform Charlie’s #6 (and still my number 1) last week at Brixton Academy, and even if we couldn’t understand a word Shane McGowan said between songs, it was a superlative performance.

But here’s one Charlie missed.

I’m in Essex seeing family at the moment, and Christmas is usually a time of travelling for me to see folks. Pretty much every popular Christmas song before this had either been religious, the trappings of Christmas or about ‘Peace on Earth’. 2000 Miles is about the secular yet non-commercial joys of the season – longing to being reunited with friends and family.

Or at least, so it seems. In fact, The Pretenders didn’t write it as a Christmas song at all, but a lament for the band’s original guitarist James Honeyman-Scott who had died the year before from a coke overdose (Nigella, take note). But the reference to “Christmas time”, originally meant as a metaphor for wish fulfillment, made it a natural seasonal single.

So, here’s to a great Christmas to you all, and a thought for friends departed in 2013.

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Eddie Kaye December 25, 2013 at 10:35 am

Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to all bloggers, commenters and casual observers of ATL.

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George_East December 25, 2013 at 4:07 pm

And to you Eddie. Have a good one.

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