It’s a Christmas classic, but you won’t hear the original rendition of ‘Fairytale Of New York’ on BBC Radio 1 this year, as young listeners may be offended by the traditional lyrics.

The station confirmed the news today that an alternative version will be played instead, with different words replacing the lyrics in question.

Different stations will have different rules. Radio 2 will play the original, in full. BBC 6 Music are leaving the choice up to the presenter, whether to play the original version or the amended one.

A BBC statement says: “We know the song is considered a Christmas classic and we will continue to play it this year, with our radio stations choosing the version of the song most relevant for their audience.” 

It’s worth noting that in a Top Of The Pops performance, Kirsty MacColl changed the lyrics herself, singing “you’re cheap and you’re haggard.”

People have another idea for it though:

It seems like this debate happens every year, and people are tired of it.

Do you agree with Radio 1’s decision?


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