That’s why this tale of a pisshead’s drunken memory of a couple having a vicious breakup at Christmastime made the top of the list. Doesn’t everyone break up at Christmas? They do on Eastenders anyway, and that’s good enough for us.
Baffling to this day is how this song is considered fun for all the family and gets played in all the shops over the festive season, despite the caustic, vicious lyrics. But perhaps ‘I could have been someone/Well, so could anyone’ carries an important message for children: that life is a series of crushed dreams and unending disappointments, so the least you can do is drink through it and play the tin whistle.
Fun fact: Matt Dillon, from Crash and other much better movies, plays the cop arresting Shane MacGowan at the beginning of the video. Check it out below: