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Fairytale of New York Lyrics and Chords

Greatest Christmas song ever? ~ How it was written ~ Painful birth of classic ~ Shane as Sinatra
Producer Steve Lillywhite ~ Kirsty MacColl vocals ~ Kirsty MacColl stage fright
Unofficial NYPD choir ~ Lure of Big Apple ~ Not just for the Irish ~ Alternative Christmas
Most played Christmas song ~ Lyrics censored ~ The video ~ Lyrics and chords

Final-version

The first draft of the lyrics to Fairytale of New York was written by Jem Finer of the Pogues. The words were then refined several times by both Finer and Shane MacGowan before they emerged as the version of the song we know today.

The chords are presented here in the key of D Major, the key used by the Pogues on their classic recording featuring Kirsty Mccoll in 1987.

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Lyrics and Chords

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 and I turned my face away

And dreamed about you

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Got on a lucky one Came in eighteen to one

I’ve got a feeling This year’s for you and me

So happy Christmas, I love you baby

I can see a better time When all our dreams come true

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They’ve gotcars,

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 the corner

And danced through the night

The boys of the NY PD choir

Were singing Galway Bay

And the bells were ringing

Out for Christmas day

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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 scum bag – You maggot

You cheap lousy faggot

Happy Christmas your arse

I pray God

It’s our last

The boys of the NY PD choir

Were singing Galway Bay

And the bells were ringing

Out for Christmas day

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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

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The boys of the NY PD choir

Still singing Galway Bay

And the bells were ringing

Out for Christmas day

The Pogues had originally written the song in the key of C Major. But shortly before recording they changed to D Major. Guitarist Phil Chevron said that might seem like a small change but the band felt that it gave the song an extra energy.

Greatest Christmas song ever? ~ How it was written ~ Painful birth of classic ~ Shane as Sinatra
Producer Steve Lillywhite ~ Kirsty MacColl vocals ~ Kirsty MacColl stage fright
Unofficial NYPD choir ~ Lure of Big Apple ~ Not just for the Irish ~ Alternative Christmas
Most played Christmas song ~ Lyrics censored ~ The video ~ Lyrics and chords

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