Friday, December 21, 2007

Fairytale of New York

After dating and eventually marrying an Irish-American girl (and her extended Irish family) I have a soft spot for Irish music. This Pogues song, which was apparently voted best Christmas song of all time three years running in 2004, 2005, and 2006 in polls by music channel VH1 UK, is a really good example of modern, Irish-influenced rock music. I rediscovered the song when I heard it played on WBCN earlier this week (listen at least to about 1:25 when the band comes in).

Unfortunately, Kirsty MacColl, the female vocalist in the song, was killed by a speeding powerboat while diving in Mexico. She was able to save her son's life by pushing him out of the path of the powerboat, but she was hit by the boat and killed instantly.


Adam said...

Great minds think alike. I am back in London for christams and saw it again on Top of the Pos. I blogged it too but you beat me to it.

It's a great song.

"You liar, you faggot,
You cheap lousy maggot
Merry Christmas you #@4£hole
I hope it's our last"

Shame McGowan is a bard!

Litoralis said...

It's actually:

"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"

blarney stoned said...

Irish poetry is so touching and evocative.

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