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Every year around this time, I find myself drawn to "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues

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Every year around this time, I find myself drawn to "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues, a band that never quite gained widespread recognition in the United States. It's a song that I'm sure you've all heard, even if you couldn't immediately name the band behind it. For me, it's undeniably my favorite "Christmas Song." While Shane MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl narrate the story of two naive, heroin-addicted lovers in the bustling city, it may not have much to do with Iowa football, but it never fails to captivate me. Strangely, it also leads me to explore the rest of The Pogues' discography, including a track called "Sunny Side of the Street" from their album "Hell's Ditch." As I sat down to compose this column, it was "Sunny Side of the Street" that occupied my thoughts. Its message revolves around finding positivity in a world often steeped in negativity (though Shane MacGowan's lyrics are decidedly more explicit).

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