Open-mic Songbook: The Pogues – Fairytale Of New York
Christmas isn’t complete without this easy-to-play singalong from The Pogues
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.