Dirty Old Town

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I met my love by the gas works wall
Dreamed a dream by the old canal
Kissed a girl by the factory wall

Chorus:
Dirty old town
Dirty old town

Clouds a drifting across the moon
Cats a prowling on their beat
Spring's a girl in the street at night

(Chorus)

Heard a siren from the docks
Saw a train set the night on fire
Smelled the spring on the smoky wind

(Chorus)

I'm going to make me a good sharp axe
Shining steel tempered in the fire
Will chop you down like an old dead tree

(Chorus)

I met my love by the gas works wall
Dreamed a dream by the old canal
Kissed a girl by the factory wall

(Chorus) x 2

Dirty Old Town
Written byEwan MacColl
Performed byThe Pogues
Produced byElvis Costello
MusiciansShane MacGowan - lead vocals
Cait O'Riordan - bass
James Fearnley - accordion
Andrew Ranken - drums
Jem Finer - banjo
Spider Stacy - tin whistle
Philip Chevron - guitar
Recorded1985-05, Elephant Studios, London
Released1985
AlbumsThe Pogues: Rum, Sodomy & The Lash, 1985
SinglesThe Pogues: Dirty Old Town 7", 12", 1985 - -
Length3:46
Otherengineered by Nick Robbins, Paul Scully


Only known performance:
November 6, 1985, Malmö, Sweden - Elvis fills in for Shane MacGowan at a Pogues concert
     (1 known performance)


The Pogues: Rum, Sodomy & The LashRum, Sodomy & The Lash album cover.jpg

Category:Unreleased covers1999-00-00 live.jpg


Recordings by other artists

 Artist  Year  Release  Links
Ewan MacColl  1952  written for his play Landscape With Chimneys, ca. 1949
 Chad & Jeremy  1964 Sing For You
 The Dubliners  1968  A-side of single and on Drinkin' And Courtin
Rod Stewart  1969 An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down
The Specials  1996 Today's Specials
 Frank Black  2006 Fast Man Raider Man

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