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Thursday, 24 December 2009

Countdown To Christmas (Nearly There): Fairytales

At this time of year sentimental and schmaltzy and relentlessly jolly pop songs from Christmas Pasts drip-drip into your head, clogging up once more that corner of the brain normally reserved only for TV comedy catchphrases, radio jingles and movie theme tunes. OK, they're fine for a party or for a quick, cathartic weep after one too many glasses of Baileys - but most of the time they leave me as unmoved as a Copenhagen negotiator in front of a melting ice cap.
However here are 2 Christmas songs which, for me, stand head and shoulders above the rest - Fairytale of New York by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl (let's just pause a while and remember the wonderful Kirsty - who died in December 9 years ago...) and John and Yoko's Happy Christmas (War Is Over). John Lennon, of course, died in December too - but 29 years ago... It doesn't seem possible, does it?
I could have been someone.
Well, so could anyone...

Fairytale Of New York

War is over
If you want it...

Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
Kirsty MacColl. John Lennon. We remember you...

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