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A Christmas carol that means something: The Pogues, “Fairytale of New York”

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Text:

It was Christmas Eve baby
In the drunk tank
An old man said to me
“I won’t see anyone else”
And then he sang a song
“The rare old mountain dew”
I turned my face away
And dreamed of you

I was lucky
Came in eighteen to one
I have a feeling
This year for me and you
So, Merry Christmas
I love you baby
I can see a better time
When all of our dreams come true

“They have cars the size of bars
They have rivers of gold
But the wind goes right through you;
It’s not a place for the old
When you first took my hand
On a cold Christmas Eve
You promised me Broadway
Waited for me

“You were pretty!” “You were pretty
Queen of New York City ”
When the band was done
They howled for more
Sinatra swung
All the drunks sang
We kissed on a corner
Then danced through the night

The guys from the NYPD choir
Sang ‘Galway Bay’
And the bells rang
For Christmas day

“You are a bum, you are a punk”
“You’re an old bitch on the trash
Almost dead there
On a drop in this bed “
“You bastard, you maggot
You cheap lousy fagot
Merry Christmas your ass
I pray God it’s our last. “

The guys from the NYPD choir
Still singing “Galway Bay”
And the bells ring
For Christmas day

“I could have been someone”
“Well, anyone could too
You took my dreams away from me
When I found you for the first time “
“I kept her with me, baby
I’ve set them up with my own
I can’t do it alone
I built my dreams around you “

The guys from the NYPD choir
Still singing “Galway Bay”
And the bells ring
For Christmas day

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