A Fairy Tale of N5

Merry Christmas to all AA-ers everywhere, past and present.

May 2021 bring all your hopes to glorious fruition, both personal and footballing.

And thank you to all those who have continued to support this blog through some lean footballing times.

In deference to the season, here is a re-working of the brilliant Pogues song “A Fairy Tale of New York,” from an Arsenal perspective.

It was Christmas Evening

In North London

An old man said to me, we won’t win another thing,

And then he sang a song,

“We love you Arsenal,”

I turned my face away

And dreamed about you.

God I’m a lucky one,

Born to support the Gun,

I’ve got a feeling

This year there’s lots to do,

So happy Christmas,

I love you Arsenal,

I can see a better time

When all our dreams come true:

We’ll get far bigger stars

Our dead wood will be sold,

But the league won’t be easy

It’s a place for the bold

When I stood in the Stand

On a cold Christmas Eve

You promised me

Glory was waiting for me.

We had Adams

We had Petit

Lined up beside Paddy

When the team finished playing

We howled out for more,

Ljungberg was winging

All the Gooners were singing

We stood in the corner

And cheered when we scored.

The boys from the Highbury North Bank Stand

Were singing Brady’s name

And the sh*t was piling up

Down Tottenham way:

They are scum

They are junk

They smell worse than a skunk

And it’s been sixty years since they’ve had a parade,

They’re bumfluff, they’re maggots,

They’re cheap lousy braggarts,

Happy Christmas from Arsenal

You’re still in our shade.

The boys from the Highbury Clock End Stand

Still singing Brady’s name

And the cups were coming in

To line our shelves.

I’d never be a Spud,

It’s just not in my blood

I have more pride than that

So I picked Arsenal,

I gave them all my dreams

And put them with your own,

Can’t make it all alone,

Together our dreams will come true.

The boys from the Highbury Upper East Stand

Still singing Brady’s name

Good times are coming back

To Arsenal.

RockyLives, with apologies to Shane MacGowan (who’s an Everton fan)


17 Responses to A Fairy Tale of N5

  1. John Tymon says:

    Really like the variation. It is well done. Hope there is a Gooner musician that can sing it and record it.

  2. LB says:

    Merry Christmas Rocky, you really do bring cheer to this site.

  3. Aaron says:

    Not familiar with the tune, but like this one, full of optimism.

    Have a safe holiday with whomever you are sheltering with Rocky!

    That goes to all others on this Arsenal site too.

    Be well people, and know that better times will be upon us all soon enough, I hope!

  4. Sue says:

    Merry Christmas, Gooners!! Thanks, Rocky, I know what I’ll be singing all day 🙂🎅🎁🎄⚽️

  5. RA says:


  6. RA says:


    You are one with me — I often feel the need to sing, and gleefully plagiarise songs that deserve better — you on the other hand have put a touch to the Pogues song that matches the feelings of many Gooners. 😁

  7. RA says:

    Addendum for the Rocky;

    You asked me yesterday (?) what wine I was imbibing, and sadly I have to admit that I frequent M&S and buy wine on the basis that anything that costs circa £15 or so will do, and that is about the only parameter I apply.

    I do like an occasional whiskey, and if I like a particular bottle, I tend to buy 2, one for me to drink and one for storing. This caused me a problem a few years ago as I was drinking too much, and a girlfriend at the time told me I had to change, so this what happened. 😁

    I checked my store cupboard, and over the years, I had collected twelve bottles of ‘good’ whisky.
    I had been told to empty the contents
    of each and every bottle down the sink…
    or else!

    I said I would… and proceeded with the unpleasant task of disposal.

    So, I withdrew the cork from the first bottle and
    poured the contents down the sink, with the
    exception of one glass… which I drank.

    I then extracted the cork from the second bottle
    and did likewise with the exception of one
    glass… which I drank.

    I pulled the cork from the third bottle and
    poured the whiskey down the sink, with the
    exception of one glass… which I drank.

    I then withdrew the cork from the fourth sink
    and poured the bottle down the glass…
    which I drank.

    I pulled the bottle from the cork of the next
    and drank one sink and threw the
    rest down the glass.

    I pulled the sink out of the next glass and
    poured the cork from the bottle.
    Then I corked the sink with the glass, bottled
    the drink and drank the pour.

    When I had everything emptied, I steadied
    the house with one hand, counted the bottles,
    corks, glasses and sinks with the other, which
    were twenty-nine.
    To make sure I counted them again… they came to seventy-four.

    And as the house came by, I counted them again,
    and finally, I had all the houses and bottles and
    corks and sinks and glasses counted,
    except one house and one cork… which l drank.

  8. LB says:

    Very good 🙂

  9. RockyLives says:

    Haha – nice one Redders.

    Merry Christmas to all the regulars and any visitors.

  10. Rasp says:

    Genius Rocky … love it.

    Season’s greetings to one and all.

    Don’t worry, we will all wake up one morning and find this was all a bad dream and we’re through to the knockout stage of The Champions’ League just as always …..

  11. fred1266 says:

    Merry Christmas everyone

  12. LB says:

    It’s been a few days now since I had that feeling of being beaten — I think I am ready for another one……………..or?

  13. RockyLives says:

    I’m taking heart from the fact that we occasionally do better against the traditional ‘big’ clubs.

  14. RockyLives says:

    New Post

  15. Rasp says:

    Thanks Rocky, like you I always expect us to win … even this game. We’ve had so many false dawns lately thinking we’ve turned the corner after an encouraging performance … only to be disappointed in the next.

    Some are saying that key players are staging a protest against the manager. If I thought that was the case I’d stop watching football altogether until those players are out of the club.

    I may even make that decision if Xhaka, Willian and Elneny start today. It seems we are in the same rut that we’ve seen over recent years where a manager keeps repeating the same mistakes and expecting a different result.

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