Subsequently, Chrissie Hynde has stated that the song is a tribute to her friend and former bandmate, James Honeyman-Scott, who died the previous year. In any event, the result is a wonderful, haunting song, and one of my holiday favorites. The song also gets the nob for being "the single most depressing Christmas standard of all time" according to Allmusic.
"2000 Miles" was a hit in the UK when it was released, hitting #15 in December 1983. It was not released as a single in the U.S., although it was the B side of "Middle of the Road." Learning to Crawl ended up being the most successful Pretenders album in the U.S. by chart position -- it peaked at #5.
The video is good cheesy fun. It was not played much back in the day and remains a somewhat rare video to this day.
Note that "Day After Day" was also posted at ERV, last December.