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Thread #55136 Message #855987
Posted By: Big Tim
31-Dec-02 - 12:01 PM
Thread Name: Lyr/Chords Req: Fairytale of New York
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fairy Tale of New York
Declan: the "other name" (joint composer) is Jem Finer, banjo player and founding member of the Pogues, described by the late Joe Strummer as "the Bill Wyman of the Pogues" (a compliment = the foundation that held up the rest of the band, "without him the others would just have floated away"). Shane wrote the lyrics and Jem chipped in with enough of the melody for official joint authorship, but, really, it's Shane's song.
Anyone recognise the melody as anything but original as many MacGowan songs are based on traditional Irish melodies.
PS On the recent documentary on the song, didn't Shane look great sober. "The best opera writer since Puccini", I liked that quote!