It’s December 2nd and we inch ever closer to the Solstice! Today I’m posting one of my favorite holiday songs. While technically a Christmas song, it appeals to my Irish blood as it’s by the Pogues and has the sound of an old Irish bar ballad. “Fairytale of New York” tells of the failed relationship between lovers. I’m not sure if they’re both immigrants, or if one was and moved back home. I find it interesting that it’s one of the most popular holiday songs in Ireland and Britain, but it never gets played on US radios. Perhaps it’s the cursing? I must admit, the unconventional but nostalgic vulgarity of the song is part of the appeal to me. It sounds so different from the other holiday music on the radio – and let’s admit, most of that is just rubbish! Listen to this instead. It’s a wonderful story with some great Irish sounds.
“Fairytale of New York” by the Pogues and featuring Kirsty McColl.
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