Dirty Old Town

Album: Alan Lomax and the Ramblers with Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger (1956)
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  • I found my love by the gaslight crawls
    Dreamed a dream by the old canal
    Kissed my girl by the factory wall
    Dirty old town, dirty old town

    I heard a siren from the docks
    Saw a train set the night on fire
    Smelled the spring on the smoky wind
    Dirty old town, dirty old town

    Clouds are drifting across the moon
    Cats are prowling on their beat
    Springs a girl in the streets at night
    Dirty old town, dirty old town

    I'm going to make a good sharp axe
    Shining steel tempered in the fire
    We'll chop you down like an old dead tree
    Dirty old town, dirty old town Writer/s: Ewan MacColl
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Comments: 4

  • Karen Pidcock from Kaslo, Bc CanadaSO grateful for Ewan MacColl’s songs! From Dirty old Town to The First Time ever I saw your face (not a better love song’s been written)!
  • Dh from Lancashire The correct lyric is "Salford wind". The song is written about Salford.
  • Jeff from MichiganI believe the first verse is gas works "croft".
    I believe the third verse is "screams" a girl in the street at night.
  • Paolo from CaliforniDavid Byrne did not cover this. He did a completely different song by the same name.
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