Radio Station Changes Lyrics of Pogues’ ‘Fairytale of New York’ To Avoid Offence

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The Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York” has been a beloved Christmas song for decades – but now, after growing complaints about a certain verse in the track, one radio station has deemed it as inappropriate and has therefore changed the lyrics in order to avoid any more offense…

Which, of course, has caused its own degree of offense.

Since the station announced its decision, opinions have been seriously divided – while some have applauded them for their move, others are not at all impressed.

Rather than trilling on about snow, sleigh rides, mistletoe, or miracles, Shane MacGowen and the late Kirsty MacColl drone on about a lost youth, ruined dreams, and a particularly nasty Christmas-time break-up.

It’s a somewhat anti-Christmas song…

That just so happened to become perhaps the most beloved Christmas songs of all time.

And it manages to make its way back into the charts every year without fail.

There has been a slightly more sour tone surrounding the usually beloved song.

With many arguing that the outdated words need to be scrapped for good.

And every year, people online descend into heated arguments as to whether the lyrics should be changed, or whether the song should be banned entirely.

BBC Radio 1, a station that airs across the United Kingdom, revealed today that they will be playing an alternate version of the song that omits the “offensive” lyrics at the center of the debate. And, as you’d guess, opinions are seriously divided.










The new version of the song will replace the lyrics: “You scumbag, you maggot, you cheap, lousy f****t” with “you’re cheap and you’re haggard.” It is also believed that the use of the slur, “sl*t” will be muted.


Speaking to local media, a BBC spokesperson said this: “We know the song is considered a Christmas classic and we will continue to play it this year, with our radio stations choosing the version of the song most relevant for their audience.”

But, believe it or not, this isn’t the first time a Christmas song has caused so much debate. Keep scrolling to see which jingle was voted as the “most annoying Christmas song of all time”…