This is a single and the one original composition from A Christmas Cornucopia, Scottish singer-songwriter Annie Lennox' first Christmas album.
Lennox explained the inspiration behind this song: "It's really strange. I hadn't been writing any songs for a long time. Then this title popped into my head – I didn't even know it was a title. It was just two words… Safety, security, access to medical care, to love, protection, education, a future, a decent place to live – a child must have all these things. In the Western countries this tends to be taken for granted. In developing countries it's a different story.
The abuse of children is just… everywhere," she added with a shake of her head. "It truly is. I've been to rape crisis centers, I know what's going on."
The singer donated all the royalties from this song to The Annie Lennox Foundation.
Lennox was herself a Christmas child. She was born on December 25, 1954.
This song marked Lennox's first new material since 2007's Songs of Mass Destruction. However, in an interview with Spinner the Scottish singer explained she wasn't planning on writing a new song for A Christmas Cornucopia: "I was planning on recording these carols, but one day, I had a title that had been going around in my mind, 'Universal Child,' and I was like 'what is that?' During a break, I was playing on a keyboard and all of a sudden, some chords came and a melody. It's like a chicken laying an egg."