Fairytale of New York Lyrics – The Pogues

English 217 November 23, 1987
"Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues ft. Kirsty MacColl tells a poignant and gritty Christmas tale set in New York City. It explores themes of love, dreams, disappointment, and the harsh realities of life, all within the backdrop of the holiday season. The lyrics are raw, emotional, and paint a vivid picture of the struggles and dreams of the characters involved. ...Read More

Fairytale of New York Lyrics

[Verse 1: 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

[Verse 2: Shane MacGowan]
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

[Verse 3: 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

[Verse 4: Kirsty MacColl & Shane MacGowan]
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

[Chorus: Shane Macgowan & Kirsty MacColl]
The boys of the NYPD choir
Were singing, "Galway Bay"
And the bells were ringing out
For Christmas Day

[Verse 5: Kirsty MacColl & Shane MacGowan]
You're a bum, you're a punk, you're an old sl*t 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

[Chorus: Shane Macgowan & Kirsty MacColl]
The boys of the NYPD choir
Still singing, "Galway Bay"
And the bells are ringing out
For Christmas Day

[Verse 6: Kirsty MacColl & Shane MacGowan]
"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

[Outro: Shane Macgowan & Kirsty MacColl]
The boys of the NYPD choir
Still singing, "Galway Bay"
And the bells are ringing out
For Christmas Day

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Last Update: November 30, 2023

Fairytale Of New York Lyrics Meaning

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Cast & Crew

  • Album
  • Artist / Band
  • Featuring
  • Producer(s)
  • Steve Lillywhite
  • Writter(s)
  • Shane MacGowan & Jem Finer
  • Released On
  • November 23, 1987

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FAQs & Knowledge

Who is the singer of "Fairytale of New York" song?

"Fairytale of New York" song is sung by The Pogues ft. Kirsty MacColl.

Who is the lyrics writer of "Fairytale of New York" song?

"Fairytale of New York" song lyrics written by Shane MacGowan & Jem Finer.

Who is the music producer of "Fairytale of New York" song?

"Fairytale of New York" song music composed & produced by Steve Lillywhite.

When was "Fairytale of New York" song released?

"Fairytale of New York" song was released on November 23, 1987.