2010 Advent Calendar Day 23: Fairytale of New York

I’ll be honest with you, Christmas songs really do grow tiresome. Maybe it’s because there’s only so little good Christmas music and we play them ad nauseum in December, only to banish them for the rest of the year because we’re sick of ’em. However, there is one Christmas song I never grow tired of, The Pogues and Kirsty McColl’s beautiful duet “Fairytale of New York.”  The song tells the tale of youthful love run sower set to a Celtic melody. British and Irish listeners have frequently voted the song as the best Christmas song of all time and has been covered by numerous artists, including a 2009 radio performance by Billy Brag and Florence + the Machine. For those of you worried about that sort of thing, the song is slightly NSFW and as much as it pains me to do so, I should inform you that in Irish slang the “f-bomb” refers to a lazy person.


About Michael Darling
Collector of the interesting and absurd.

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