Fairytale of new york single

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A Fairy Tale of New York by J.P. Donleavy

A Fairy Tale of New York is a funny, lusty, and sad novel of comic genius. Returning from study abroad, Cornelius Christian enters customs with his luggage and his dead wife. His first encounter in New York is with a funeral director, with whom he reluctantly takes employment to pay for the burial expenses. In the course of his duties he meets the beautiful Fanny Sourpuss over her millionaire husbands dead body. However, his over-enthusiastic handling of his first corpse lands him in court. Cornelius Christian wanders through the great sad cathedral that is New York, examining the human condition in all its comic pathos and lonely absurdity. Whether lingering in the Automat drinking from half empty coffee cups and stealing baked beans from the plates of customers who go looking for ketchup, or finding love on a street corner only to end up fighting his way out of a hookers fists, Cornelius Christian, heroic anti-hero, sings of lifes goodness in the wake of disaster.
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Fairytale of New York by The Pogues - CoCo and the Butterfields

The Story of... 'Fairytale of New York' by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl

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1. The song took over two years to write

Several renditions were recorded before the now familiar one was settled on. MacGowan finalised the lyrics in Malmo, Sweden while recovering from pneumonia. For some reason that is when I managed to nail the lyrics and the arrangement. There are different theories around who was the first to come up with the idea of making a Christmas song. MacGowan told the author that he wanted to use his book title because his father was a big fan of his work. Filming took place in New York City over Thanksgiving in

The song is an Irish folk -style ballad and was written as a duet, with the Pogues' singer MacGowan taking the role of the male character and MacColl the female character. Originally begun in , the song had a troubled two-year development history, undergoing rewrites and aborted attempts at recording, and losing its original female vocalist along the way, before finally being completed in August Although the single never reached the coveted UK Christmas number one , being kept at number two on its original release in by the Pet Shop Boys ' cover version of " Always on My Mind ", it has proved enduringly popular with both music critics and the public: to date the song has reached the UK Top 20 on fifteen separate occasions since its original release in , including every year since , and was certified triple platinum in the UK in Although there is agreement among the band that "Fairytale of New York" was first written in , the origins of the song are disputed. MacGowan insisted that it arose as a result of a wager made by the Pogues' producer at the time, Elvis Costello , that the band would not be able to write a Christmas hit single, while the Pogues' manager Frank Murray has stated that it was originally his idea that the band should try and write a Christmas song as he thought it would be "interesting". Finer told NME , "I had written two songs complete with tunes, one had a good tune and crap lyrics, the other had the idea for 'Fairytale' but the tune was poxy, I gave them both to Shane and he gave it a Broadway melody, and there it was". The song's title, the musical structure and its lyrical theme of a couple's conversation were in place by the end of , and were described by MacGowan in an interview with Melody Maker in its Christmas issue:.

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