Songs of Christmas

Christmas StarsChristmas can be a strange time of year, bringing to the surface conflicting emotions, heightened expectations, broken promises and long cherished memories. Aside from the overly sweet and often hollow carols which assault our ears in December each year, there are other less conventional songs which feel so much more real. Such songs deliver all the chaos of Christmas and provide us with an alternative view.

One song in particular that always comes to mind is Fairytale of New York by The Pogues. Performed as a captivating duet between The Pogue’s Shane MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl, it is a song which covers a wealth of human experiences that we can all relate to…

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…

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…

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

Apart from simply being a great song, ‘Fairytale of New York’ reminds me that even the best situations can fall victim to the reality of circumstances. It also highlights the diversity of experiences that Christmas can bring to people all over the world. Such messages of life are important for now and any time throughout the year.