Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Something Cool From The YouTube

Well it's a new year and the Christmas Season is over. It always comes too fast and leaves too early for me. I hope you have a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

During the holidays while surfing around YouTube I ran across a tidy documentary done by the BBC. It's about the story behind a song that doesn't really fit the typical tradition of other Christmas Music - Fairytale of New York by The Pogues.

Not only does the song and video top my list of my favourite Christmas Songs, I think it's a great piece of work and could be listened to and watched any time of the year.

So, I thought I would pop it up here.

Maybe I should have posted this during Christmas but what the hell, I think the song is timeless and I found the documentary very interesting. You might like it too.

the video

the lyrics

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 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

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

copyright 1988 Shane MacGowan & Jem Finer

the documentary

The Story Of...Fairytale of New York - The Pogues (Part 1 of 6)

The Story Of...Fairytale of New York - The Pogues (Part 2 of 6)

The Story Of...Fairytale of New York - The Pogues (Part 3 of 6)

The Story Of...Fairytale of New York - The Pogues (Part 4 of 6)

The Story Of...Fairytale of New York - The Pogues (Part 5 of 6)

The Story Of...Fairytale of New York - The Pogues (Part 6 of 6)

Hope you found it as interesting as I did.



  1. That was fascinating - I watched it all. Great song and story behind it.

  2. Hey Jody,

    I just noticed your comment, I don't post to this blog often.

    I'm glad you liked it.