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Fairytale Of New York
The Pogues 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

The boys of the NYPD choir
Still singing Galway Bay
And the bells are 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

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Jem Finer, Shane Patrick Lysaght Macgowan

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Literally nobody is trying to cancel the song. Some radio stations blur out the word 'faggot' but people really over-exaggerate how big of a deal this is

1) The original version of the song isn't going anywhere. You can still play it whenever you want. What is happening is they change one word from the entire song and that's only when being played on some radio stations which is their right and has been done plenty of times in the past

2) Plenty of songs have bad language or slurs censored when being played on the radio. This isn't uncommon

3) In the past, some songs have outright been banned full stop by some stations

- I Want to Break Free (music video was banned by MTV because the members of Queen were in drag for the video)

- Creep - Radiohead (f-bomb was censored on the radio)

- Most of the songs off Sgnt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (BBC associated many of those songs with drugs and never played them). This included Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

- The BBC banned loads of songs from being played during the Gulf War including 'Zombie' by the Cranberries and The Cures 'Killing an Arab'

People in the comments acting like absolute children when one word gets blurred out and the original version is still widely accessible

All comments from YouTube:

Leodis Leather

Can’t hear this without thinking about poor Kirsty MacColl so it’s always bittersweet, RIP Kirsty :(

frédéric trible



@Jim Kotowski ❤️✨...

Josephine Kennerly

@Jim Kotowski Amen 🙏❤️

Josephine Kennerly

@Leodis Leather she is now Restting in Peace and swinging with the Angels 🙏 Amen

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I love Christmas songs it’s August 8th Butt when I’m sad these songs comfort me


Ich liebe das Lied einfach und höre es auch wenn nicht Weihnachtszeit ist

Knut Olav Halseth

It isn't Christmas without this beauty of a song! R.I.P. Kirsty.


@TheSporehacker she pushed her 15 year old son out of the way before she was hit and killed

Iñigo Pujana

Goian bego

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