Dirty Old Town – lyrics and chords

The chords to Dirty Old Town are presented here in the key of C Major. The Pogues usually play the song in G Major, as do the Dubliners with Patsy Watchorn on vocals. The song’s writer Ewan MacColl, and his wife Peggy Seeger, often played the song in E Flat, when they sang together. Use our chord converter to play the song in other keys. The lyrics were written by Ewan MacColl about the town of Salford in the north-west of England.

 
I  
C 
found my love by the gas works croft
 
Dreamed a  
F 
dream by the  
G7 
old 
 
ca
C 
nal
 
F 
Kissed my  
C 
girl by the factory wall
 
Dirty old  
G7 
town, dirty old  
Am 
town

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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.

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Clouds are drifting across the moon
Cats are prowling on their beat
Spring’s 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
I’ll chop you down like an old dead tree
Dirty old town, dirty old town.

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Dirty Old Town lyrics and chords

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I [C]found my love by the gas works croft
Dreamed a [F]dream by the [G7]old ca[C]nal
[F]Kissed my [C]girl by the factory wall
Dirty old [G7]town, dirty old [Am]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
Spring’s 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
I’ll chop you down like an old dead tree
Dirty old town, dirty old town.

Dirty Old Town
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Dirty Old Town videos
Dirty Old Town lyrics and chords

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