Shane MacGowan: ‘Ghosts help me write songs’

The singer believes some of his songs were dictated to him by spirits

The Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan has said that some of his most famous songs were written under the direction of ghosts.

In an interview with The Quietus, MacGowan said: “I actually see people dictating to me behind me through… they call it the third eye, but the [Japanese] reckon you’ve got at least eight, apart from the two here. I’ve seen ghosts behind me in period costume dictating songs on a couple of occasions.”

He cited 1991 single ‘A Rainy Night In Soho’ as an example of a song written by ‘automatic writing’: “I had no idea what it was about. I had a vague idea by the time I got to the fourth verse but until then I hadn’t got a clue what was going on.”

MacGowan also spoke about a number of his own near-death experiences, which include jumping out of a moving car on a motorway and being hit by cars on two occasions.

The Pogues’ ‘Fairytale Of New York’ was recently made the bookies favouriteto bag this year’s Christmas Number One spot. This Christmas marks 25 years since the song, featuring the late singer Kirsty MacColl, was released and the band are celebrating the landmark with a special anniversary re-release.