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Goodby Shane MacGowan

A Remembrance Of The Amazing Music This Man Was Involved With

By Mike Singleton - MikeydredPublished 3 months ago Updated 3 months ago 3 min read
Top Story - December 2023
Shane MacGowan and his wife Victoria Mary Clarke. Pic: Richard Young/Shutterstock


Today, 30th November 2023, it was announced that Shane MacGowan, former lead singer with the Pogues had died.

I love most of the Pogues' music and a lot of his collaborations with others, so I thought I would put together a playlist of a few of my favorites to share with you.

Before I start the playlist I used his beautiful duet with Sinéad O'Connor in this piece on the ones we lose.

and this was my piece on Sinéad O'Connor when she passed

But now on to some favorite songs with Shane MacGowan singing.

"If I Should Fall From Grace With God" Album Title Track and Single

When I heard this I went out and bought the album immediately and found an absolute treasure trove of amazing songs that I could probably fill this playlist with without even touching their other albums. There are some gems elsewhere though, that I cannot possibly ignore.

"Navigator" from "Rum, Sodomy, And The Lash"

As a kid, I knew that the workers who dug the roads were called Navvies but what I didn't know is that was a contraction of "Navigators" who dug the canals in the nineteenth century, and this is a wonderful description of the conditions that they had to endure to create the networks that we can still see and use today.

"The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" from "Rum, Sodomy, And The Lash"

This is a beautiful take on one of the greatest anti-war songs ever written. Its composer is Eric Bogle. This is absolutely heartbreaking and describes how ordinary people are destroyed by politicians and money and then discarded.

"Thousands Are Sailing" from "If I Should Fall From Grace With God"

Maybe this should have had a place on the soundtrack of the film "Titanic" another historic description of the ones that left Ireland to find their fortune in the land of opportunity across the Western Ocean (The Atlantic).

An amazing song but not the best on the album, that will close this playlist.

"Fairytale Of New York" from "If I Should Fall From Grace With God" with Kirsty McColl

Probably their most famous song ever and probably the greatest Christmas song ever. Sadly both these singers have now left this world but we still have their music and performances to enjoy forever. This song is close to perfection.

"The Irish Rover" bonus song from "If I Should Fall From Grace With God" with The Dubliners

Two legendary bands singing about a ship called The Irish Rover, this is just so full of life, an absolute slice of brilliance. If you start this playing you won't stop it.

"Streams of Whiskey" from "Red Roses For Me"

A drinking song from their first album containing so many amazing lines such as

”when the world is too dark and I need the light inside of me, I walk into the bar and drink 15 pints of beer!”

These songs are so addictive, you need them in your life.

"The Sick Bed of Cuchulainn" from "Rum, Sodomy, And The Lash"

Shane delves into Irish culture and history for the opener from their second album. As with many of their songs there is a lot of swearing and racist words but these are the characters that make up these stories, so maybe don't listen to this if you are easily offended, but the music is very addictive.

You have to check out this rewrite of Shane's song by Cian Ferriter which you can read on Facebook here

"The Broad Majestic Shannon" from "If I Should Fall From Grace With God"

This is the one to close this playlist. In my and my friend Lee's opinion the finest song on the album. This is an absolute beauty celebrating this absolutely beautiful river.

I hop eyou have enjoyed these wonderful songs.

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  • ROCK 2 months ago

    Thank you for lending some honour to this complicated and miraculous artist.

  • Patric3 months ago


  • Rachel Robbins3 months ago

    This is a lovely tribute to a complicated man who made complicated music with passion and lyricism. Well done.

  • Naveed 3 months ago

    Bravo! Your hard work is paying off—keep it up, congratulations!

  • L.C. Schäfer3 months ago

    A smashing tribute, Mike. Agree, FoNY is the best Christmas song ever, and through it, this gentleman has achieved a sort of immortality.

  • Heather Hubler3 months ago

    A wonderful tribute and compilation :) Your joy found in music is infectious as always.

  • Chloe Gilholy3 months ago

    Fairytale of New York is my favourite Christmas song.

  • Rachel Deeming3 months ago

    RIP Shane. I'm not familiar with the Pogues other than the obvious stuff so I'm intrigued by your song recommendations and will seek them out.

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  • C. H. Richard3 months ago

    Beautiful tribute Mike❤️ His duet with Sinead O'Connor, "Haunted" is one of my favorite songs. Well done and Congratulations on your top story ❤️

  • JBaz3 months ago

    My wife and I were talking about him these last few days especially now it’s Christmas and the pogues song fairy tale of NewYork It’s a staple of our playlist Great article and tribute Mike Congratulations

  • Brenton F3 months ago

    RIP Shane you will be missed sorely!

  • Back to say congratulations on your Top Story!

  • Donna Fox (HKB)3 months ago

    I am sad to say I am unfamiliar with The Pogues or Shane, but you did a really beautiful tribute here! Great work and congrats on Top Story Mike!

  • Alexander McEvoy3 months ago

    The Pogues were one of my high school history teacher's favourite bands! I hope his passing was peaceful and as painless as possible

  • Cathy holmes3 months ago

    Nicely done. Congrats on the TS

  • Congratulations on your story. 🎉

  • Babs Iverson3 months ago

    Awesome!!! Congratulations on Top Story too!!!

  • Phil Flannery3 months ago

    That was great Mike. I had to come back to it when I could focus all my attention. I knew of them but not of their music. I'm glad you shared this. Have a great Christmas

  • Caroline Jane3 months ago

    In a whole mold of his own. What a legend. ❤

  • Oh that's such a sad news. Rest in peace, Shane MacGowan

  • Daphsam3 months ago

    I have never heard his music. Wow, this is wonderful, great beat! Thank you for sharing.

  • Just a wee bit o' fun. R.I.P.

  • Dana Crandell3 months ago

    Thanks for this one, Mike. I have a good collection of The Pogues' music on my music drive. I never knew Shane's story; I just enjoyed the music. I'll have to play that section of the drive while I'm working today.

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