record sleeve design with toy soldier illustration

'All Together Now' by The Farm, 1990

"Remember boy that your forefathers died, millions lost in a country's pride..."

The First World War began in summer 1914 and many thought it would be over by Christmas. By the time hostilities ceased in November 1918 it had claimed the lives of as many as 16 million people.  

"...a spirit stronger than war was at work that night, December 1914, cold, clear and bright..."

On Christmas Eve, many soldiers serving in the trenches on both sides of the Western Front ventured into no-man's land. They mingled, exchanging food and souvenirs, even singing carols. Over the next few days troops became friendly enough to play games of football with one another.

Inspired by this act of unity and friendship, Peter Hooton - lyricist and singer with The Farm – wrote the poem No-Man's Land in 1983. He adapted the lyrics to the poem, and with a musical score influenced by Pachelbel's Canon, The Farm created the song 'All Together Now' in 1989.  

"...countries, borders were right out of sight, they joined together and decided not to fight..."

The 1914 Christmas truce is seen as a symbolic moment of peace and humanity amidst one of the most violent conflicts of modern history.

'All Together Now' was released in November 1990, giving The Farm a number 4 UK hit over the Christmas period. With its universal message of togetherness and unity, the song remains hugely popular and has been adopted for many causes and events. 

The original hand-written lyrics to 'All Together Now' can be seen in the Wondrous Place gallery at the Museum of Liverpool, kindly lent by Peter Hooton. 

The story behind another Christmas song featured in the Wondrous Place gallery, Half Man Half Biscuit's 'All I Want for Christmas Is A Dukla Prague Away Kit', is featured in our Christmas online exhibition.