Fairytale Of New York Lyrics - Pogues

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It was Christmas Eve babe
In the drunk tank
An old man said to me, won't see another one
And then he sang a song
The Rare "Old Mountain Dew"
I turned my face away
And dreamed about you

Got on a lucky one
Came in at eighteen to one
I've got a feeling
This year's for me and you
So Happy Christmas
I love you baby
I can see a better time
When all our dreams come true

They've got cars big as bars
They've got rivers of gold
But the wind goes right through you
It's no place for the old
When you first took my hand
On a cold Christmas Eve
You promised me
Broadway was waiting for me

You were handsome
You were pretty
Queen of New York City
When the band finished playing
They howled out for more
Sinatra was swinging,
All the drunks they were singing
We kissed on a corner
Then danced through the night

The boys of the NYPD choir
Were singing "Galway Bay"
And the bells were ringing out
For Christmas day

You're a bum
You're a punk
You're an old slut on junk
Lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed
You scumbag, you maggot
You cheap lousy faggot
Happy Christmas your arse
I pray God it's our last

The boys of the NYPD choir
Still singing "Galway Bay"
And the bells were ringing out
For Christmas day

I could have been someone
Well so could anyone
You took my dreams from me
When I first found you
I kept them with me babe
I put them with my own
Can't make it all alone
I've built my dreams around you

The boys of the NYPD choir
Still singing "Galway Bay"
And the bells are ringing out
For Christmas Day

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grow up | Reviewer: grow up | 1/4/13

GROW UP! i'm from america with irish and english blood running threw my Veins all i know is that its a great song. I don't care where they are from they Are Human and they wrote a badass song, simple as that! Let it go and listen to the song...

Shane McGowan | Reviewer: Terry the tank | 12/24/12

Ffs. Only a Brit tosser would claim McGowan.

Most kids born in England to Irish parents are proud to be Irish.McGowan is one of those second gens. Look at his name ffs its a bit of a giveaway.
The bands name hails from Gaelic too.

The tune is so plainly Irish too.

If I was a brit. I would try to steal the Pogues too.

Why break the habit of a life time?

classic | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/14/12

this song is by far my favourite Christmas song of all time !!!!! I love it ! I'm 28 years old and there are many Xmas songs out there but this is by farrrrrrrr my favourite ever !! it still gives me goose bumps ! My great grandmother was from from my mothers side was from county mayo in Ireland and my grandfather from my fathers side was from Persia, I don't care where this band was from they are one of the best !!!! and this song reminds me of a typical Irish man in a pub argueing with his wife Lool, it has character and I appreciate this song.my Children have grown up with this Xmas song and they too appreciate it, my future grandchildren will too. it will stay in our family for many generations. Cabot ever get a better Xmas song than this. Xxxx

just enjoy it | Reviewer: Roy | 12/8/12

Why do people have to analise everything can't you just treat the song for what it is,a brilliant song by very talented writers and singers(whatever their nationality) enjoyed by millions

great song, horrible comments | Reviewer: BigCZM | 4/6/12

holy mother of god.

why does any of this matter?
why does it matter who was from where and who wrote and sang what part of the song?
who cares?

this is shameful all the way around.
just enjoy beautiful music when you hear it.

huge facepalm @ the slice of the human race exemplified by this comment page....

Among the very best of Christmas songs | Reviewer: Ritzmar | 3/23/12

This track is a masterpiece, great poem, terrific interpretation, high quality and beautifully constructed melody, and a serious message.
I also recommend Donleavy's book of the same title, and also his first novel, 'The Ginger Man', where much of the atmosphere created by this song can be experienced at length and in depth.

Pogues were English and Irish | Reviewer: campbell | 12/25/11

Jem Finer was English and was a founder member of the Pogues. The Pogues were a London band playing Irish-style music but were not all Irish, but no one cared.
Why does this matter? Because some people seem to want to think the English and Irish are completely separate and that what is good for one is bad for the other. This is nonsense - and the Pogues prove it.

Not all Irish... | Reviewer: Mari | 12/24/11

This song - to which I've sung the female part many a time with my old band - was written by an English man (Jem Finer) and an Irish man (Shane MacGowan) and sung by an Irish man (Shane MacGowan again) and an English woman (Kirsty MacColl, and yes, she was English; she was brought up in bloody Croyden!. So, can we stop any more mentions of this, má tá ceist agam nicely, le do thoil?

Gregg Mckenzie | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/25/11

Dont be such a little tool. You want to edit it so there are no swears? Fuck you. Who made you the fucking censor. If you Dont like the words you can Fuck right off and leave everyone else alone. People like you who constantly scream about blah blah bad words blah blah the children, are the worst kind of people there are. Eat a pick. Peace!!!!!!

david byrne | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/23/11


This Christmas song brought the house down and cheered us all up! | Reviewer: Catherine | 12/20/11

I actually had to sing this at a Christmas Carol concert at the British Army unit where I work. I was accompanied by one of the officers (recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan) We brought the house down! ) It certainly had a very uplifting effect on everyone ! It may not be your typical 'Christmas, happy jolly jingle. But we Brits love irony - and this song has become a real Christmas classic. Love it or hate it - this one is here for the duration.

fuck up david bryne its irish | Reviewer: mackey | 12/19/11

i have absolutly not a thing against english people but i still have to have a say in this.
This song was written by the pouges, a great 'irish' band, the pouges have always written there own songs and there main singer is up for being one of the best ever poets to come out of ireland. So stop talking shite david bryne you aragant bastard ps. you started this whole racism argumen5 and tge true fact is YOUR WRONG

Humming it all day | Reviewer: nathan thompson | 12/8/11

I love hearing this song - its addictive to me, and the tune stays in my head for ages after hearing it. @greeg mckenzie your review is sad, i suspect you are a sad lonely little thing also. This is real, it speaks truths, and it tells a story that needs to be told. I'm no pogues fan, but i love this poem..

Classic! | Reviewer: Kay | 11/26/11

This is one of the most honest Christmas songs ever. We all play happy families at Christmas & put up with utter crap from people who are supposed to love us. There are also the simple, amazing moments that remind us what it's all about & make us wish we hadn't fallen, once again, for the commercialism & sentimental rubbish. The lyrics might shock some people but the melody & harmony are beautiful, perfectly contrasting both sides of the chocolate coin.

Why is everyone so worked up | Reviewer: sue | 10/5/11

I can't beleive how everyone is getting so worked up!
I'm English, but it doesn't matter if I was a Martian I would still think this song is fantastic. Its always been my fave - loved Kirsty for so many years now and its so sad she is no longer with us!
Everyone just calm down and enjoy the fantastic lyrics and music!

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