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Will Fly Fairytale of New York censored by Beeb! (171* d) RE: Fairytale of New York censored by Beeb! 23 Dec 18


To my mind, a "Christmas song" is a song about Christmas and all associated with that festival. Shane M's song is about a relationship gone sour and being lamented about - all the more poignantly because it's set on Christmas Eve, traditionally a time of love, friendship, goodwill, etc.

But a song about Christmas it ain't. Jona Lewie's "Stop The Cavalry" is in a similar position.

In an interview for Channel 4's 100 Greatest Christmas Moments, Lewie said that the song was never intended as a Christmas hit, and that it was a protest song. The line 'Wish I was at home for Christmas' as well as the brass band arrangements made it an appropriately styled song to play around Christmas time. [Wikipedia]


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