The lyrics to RONAN KEATING’s version of ‘FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK’ have been amended to remove lines that may have been offensive – but SHANE MCGOWAN is so happy with it that he’s writing new material for the BOYZONE frontman.
Keating’s manager, Louis Walsh, says that the alterations have gone down well with the Pogues frontman, adding “Shane has heard it and given it his approval. In fact he’s written a new song for Ronan.”
Often cited as one of the greatest Christmas songs ever written, the song features lines like “You’re a bum, you’re a punk/You’re an old slut on junk” and “You scumbag, you maggot/You cheap lousy faggot/Happy Christmas your arse/Hope to god it’s our last”. It hit Number 2 in 1987, and charted again when re-released in 1991.
Keating’s version will appear on Ronan’s new single The Way You Make Me Feel’, and features Clannad’s Marie Brennan taking Kirsty MacColl’s part. Brennan’s last appearance in the charts was last year when she made a guest appearance on Chicane’s ‘Saltwater’.