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This week we’re sharing our favourite Holiday Songs!
This is an easy one for me. There’s one song that I can’t wait to put on my stereo as soon as December 1st rolls around, and you can guarantee that I’ll play it at least once a day in the run up to Christmas. It may not be the most traditional song, and it certainly isn’t the cleanest, but it has a charm of it’s own that captures my heart every time.
Fairytale of New York by The Pogues & Kirsty McColl
Why do I love this song so much? Well, for one thing, it has the most beautiful melody, one that is haunting yet traditional, and it crescendos into a chorus that’s insanely catchy. The mixture of Kirsty McColl and Shane McGowan’s voice, added to the beautiful orchestration adds a gaelic feel to this New York-based song. And those of you who have read Fix You know how much I adore New York, so the thought of New York at Christmas is enough to warm the cockles of my heart.
There’s also the little matter of the lyrics. With words like “You scumbag, you maggot, you cheap, lousy faggot”, the song tells the tale of a couple whose love is falling apart, yet they’re reminiscing about the times when they first fell in love. Christmas isn’t always perfect, it isn’t always a fairytale, it can be dark and bleak and bring out the worst in people, too. This song brings that out in spades, and yet it still has a hint of hope that’s laced through it, as the bells are ringing out for Christmas Day!
Last, but definitely not least, there’s the small matter of the video. Matt Dillon was one of my crushes when I was a teenager (The Outsiders, sigh), and seeing him in a NYPD uniform definitely makes my day.
So how about you? Leave me a comment and let me know your favourite holiday song. Then hop over to J.J. Devine’s blog to enjoy some more festive entertainment!