The Fairytale of New York lyrics have become a viral meme
20 November 2020, 17:24
The 'Fairytale of New York' lyrics have become a hilarious meme.
In this life only three things are guaranteed: death, taxes and the annual 'Fairytale of New York' lyrics debate. Sigh.
For those who don't know, each year there's a national conversation on if the original version of the song should be played because of a homophobic slur. The track, which was released in 1987 by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl, goes: "You scumbag, you maggot, you cheap lousy f****t."
In 2018, The Pogues frontman Shane McGowan actually addressed the lyric. In a statement, he said: "The word was used by the character because it fitted with the way she would speak and with her character. She is not supposed to be a nice person, or even a wholesome person. She is a woman of a certain generation and time in history and she is down on her luck and desperate. Her dialogue is as accurate as I could make it but she is not intended to offend!"
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BBC Radio 1 recently announced they would not play the original version of 'Fairytale of New York' to avoid offending their audience. The edited version now says: "You're cheap and you're haggard." (Kirsty actually used that lyric during a live performance on Top of the Pops in January 1992.) Others have insisted the lyrics to the Christmas anthem should be sung in their entirety.
Luckily, the internet has the only worthy solution. People have changed the lyrics to 'Fairytale of New York' and the results are hilarious. Now it's even become a meme.
The suggestions are God tier.
A meme within a meme.
you scumbag you maggot, she’s an African Grey parrot— Liam (@LiamLambrini) November 19, 2020
You scumbag, you maggot, cans with Diane Abbott— Conor (@conorwf) November 19, 2020
"You scumbag, you maggot. You forgot to tape Taggart."— Ian Hyland (@HylandIan) November 19, 2020
There. Sorted. #FairytaleOfNewYork
you scumbag you maggot Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson, Illustrations by Nick Sharratt— grace (@depeche__toad) November 19, 2020
A whole bop.
*adds to playlist*
You scumbag, you maggot,— Calum. (@CalumS1991) November 19, 2020
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You scumbag you maggot, I’m gonna count to 3 and I want me jacket— J (@_JP1878_) November 20, 2020
I can't remember whose joke it is, but my favourite alternative lyrics to The Fairytale of New York are:— 📻 Colin Paterson 📺 (@ColinGPaterson) November 19, 2020
"You scumbag you maggot, you taped over Taggert."
you scumbag you maggot, with tactics, I blag it— Out of Context Football Manager (@nocontextfm1) November 19, 2020
You scumbag, you maggot, a star only counts if you bag it pic.twitter.com/2cnTO7qJ5L— shane reaction ☘️ (@shane_reaction_) November 19, 2020
Petition to have the internet devise the lyrics all lyrics from now on?
It'll catch on.
‘You scumbag, you maggot— James Heale (@JAHeale) November 19, 2020
Let's talk Tony Abbott' pic.twitter.com/5KxzP6C7fo
You scumbag you maggot I’m having cheese and beans with my jacket— bottie🍄 (@DavisCharlotted) November 19, 2020
you scumbag you maggot— Will Taylor (@willptaylor) November 19, 2020
dawn’s dad’s jasper carrott pic.twitter.com/8pb2fxUkLa
You scumbag you maggot, here's kevin the carrot pic.twitter.com/Y9gkEbOH7Y— ace (@StiltOwl) November 19, 2020
Ah, the talent this has.