Open-mic Song­book: The Pogues – Fairy­tale Of New York

Christ­mas isn’t com­plete with­out this easy-to-play sin­ga­long from The Pogues

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Un­doubt­edly the most fa­mous song by folk-rock­ers The Pogues, this clas­sic Christ­mas bal­lad fea­tures the vo­cal tal­ents of the late Kirsty Maccoll duet­ting with lead singer Shane Mac­gowan. Much loved by mil­lions, it’s well worth get­ting the song’s chord pro­gres­sions down, should you find your­self in an im­promptu acous­tic jam this fes­tive pe­riod. Thank­fully, as far as gui­tar play­ing goes, it’s fairly easy, es­sen­tially boil­ing down to four sim­ple chords: D, G, A and Bm. You’ll no­tice a hand­ful of other chords but these are sim­ple vari­a­tions on the ba­sic shapes. If you find them tricky for any rea­son, just stick to the four main chords in­stead.

Half­way through bridge 1 the tempo ramps up and this means you’ll need to keep your changes quick and tidy. We rec­om­mend prac­tis­ing the chord changes be­fore div­ing head­long into a full play through.

Fi­nally, note that the song opens in 4/4 time un­til break 1 where it changes to a 6/8 feel.

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