As Christmas 2014 comes closer and closer a song with New York as it’s centerpiece, sung by a Celtic Punk band The Pogues, is about to top the charts in the UK. It is a very popular song in New York but is regarded as the best Christmas Song of the 21st Century in the UK and Ireland. The song is of the hopes and dreams of Irishmen and women who come to New york dreaming of riches and fame and the reality of how things sometimes turn out.
It is unusually sad for a Christmas song but it’s pain, poignancy and lilting melody are a powerful combination that draws you in. And the lyrics are chock full of the essence of NYC at Christmas in the drunk tank. Listen to the video of the Pogues singing Fairytale of New York and be swept into the nostalgia and humanity of the song.
The love and bitterness of the Irish experience in NYC is somehow brought together in this song speaking to hundreds of years of longing, triumph, defeat and defiance in this most powerful of cities. A Christmas time, a time of birth and renewal is a fitting setting for for it indeed.
Always a huge favorite at this time of the year in NYC, now, as the result of streaming opportunities it has had a big, big resurgence in the UK and is in the top 10 Christmas songs and climbing, slated to reach the near top or top. At a time of relentlessly cheerful jingle bells, its piercing beauty has woven its magic once again and many, many people are drawn yet to the Fairytale of New York. And may they ever be.