The band's record label, Chrysalis, wanted to market the pagan carol as a Christmas song, so Anderson sent it to Mike Batt of The Wombles to add a dose of Yuletide cheer. The new arrangement fell flat with the band, so the label rolled out the original version in early December - too late to make any Top 10 holiday lists. "That was somewhat sad for me," Anderson told Louder's Classic Rock
imprint. "It would have been rather nice to have had a Top 10 hit and been on the Christmas edition of Top Of The Pops
. Also, though the band at that time was probably at its best, the seeds were being sown of musical discontent and personal differences between certain people. Within a year or two it began to feel to me as if that cohesiveness we had was getting lost. That was partly, I guess, because of the pressures and frequency of our touring. Things were quite stressful back then. It felt as if I was in charge of a juggernaut that could very easily run off the road."