Meleco Records Just in time for the holidays, Beach Boy Mike Love is getting into the spirit with a yuletide release, “(“You’ll Never Be) Alone on Christmas Day.”

The song, which was released Friday on RollingStone.com, is an old track written in 1979 with pianist Ron Altbach. It was originally intended for a Beach Boys Christmas album, but it never made the cut.

The track was long forgotten until the alternative rock act, Phoenix, approached Love asking permission to cover it for the forthcoming Bill Murray holiday special, A Very Murray Christmas, premiering on Netflix December 4.

“This song has a wonderfully strange and beautiful history,” said Love in a statement. “I’m grateful to the band Phoenix for digging it up and inspiring me to finish something I started 36 years ago. Michael Lloyd brought the track to life where it felt very contemporary and relevant. We’ve been friends since the recording of ‘Good Vibrations,’ and I’m grateful we finally got around to collaborating. I hope fans find inspiration in the song during this special time of year.”

Love recorded a new arrangement with Bruce Johnston, Jeff Foskett, Scott Totten, Brian Eichenberger and John Cowsill as harmonizing vocalists. Love also wrote new lyrics for the official release, and Lloyd created an entirely new arrangement for the song, which kicks off with an ode to The Ronettes.

The single’s artwork captures the feel of the song with an actual Love family holiday photo. A five-year-old Love is pictured listening to his great grandmother reading a Christmas story to Mike and his sister Maureen Love.

Love’s memoir, Good Vibrations, arrives in 2016.

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