Shane MacGowan
7. December 2018 By Walter Price 0

In His Own Words: Shane MacGowan on the word ‘f****t’ in “Fairytale Of New York”

Shane MacGowan/The Pogues – “Fairytale Of New York” is available @ iTunes.

Shane MacGowan


“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 at a certain 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! She is just supposed to be an authentic character and not all characters in songs and stories are angels or even decent and respectable, sometimes characters in songs and stories have to be evil or nasty in order to tell the story effectively.”


Shane MacGowan

The quote comes from the Charlotte Krol for NME.


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