Pablo (king_cool_paul) wrote,
Pablo
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Random Paul Fact #968

I hate Christmas music. Hate it with a deep and dark passion. It could be the years I spent working in malls during the holiday season, but I seem to remember always hating Christmas tunes. They seem to all be of a kind, either religious (which I'm not), or too modern country (which irritates the beejeezus out of me), or that light pop style which I can't abide, or worst of all the "rock" Christmas song--Springsteen doing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," that sort of thing. Rock music shouldn't be about Christmas, in my book.

There are two exceptions to my hatred of the Xmas music: Bowie and Crosby's "Little Drummer Boy," (as overdone as it is), and "Fairytale of New York," from The Pogues (with a little vocal help from Kirsty MacColl), because it's just so... so... mean.

I like mean.

"Fairytale of New York"

Shane MacGowan:
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


Kirsty MacColl:
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

MacGowan:
You were pretty
Queen of New York City

Both:
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

MacColl:
You're a bum
You're a punk

MacGowan
You're an old slut on junk
Lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed

MacColl:
You scumbag, you maggot
You cheap lousy faggot
Happy Christmas your arse
I pray God it's our last


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

MacGowan:
I could have been someone

MacColl:
Well so could anyone
You took my dreams from me
When I first found you

MacGowan:
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


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