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Dirty Old Town
Ewan MacColl. Scheduled for an upcoming Darby CD.
notes: There has been lots of debate regarding what this song is about,
and which town. According to Ewan, it's Anytown. (Specifically:
Dublin, Ireland. The "fine, sharp axe" were the bulldozers that tore
down Monto Town to clear the area for renovation).
Dirty Old Town
Ewan MacColl

            G
I met my love by the factory wall
                 C
I dreamed a dream by the Old Canal
            G
I kissed a girl by the gasworks wall
            D                        Em
Dirty old town – dirty old town

Clouds are drifting across the sky
Cats are prowling along their beat
There springs a girl in the street at night
Dirty old town – dirty old town

Heard a siren from the docks
Saw a train set the night on fire
Smelled the spring in the smokey wind
Dirty old town – dirty old town

I’m gonna take a fine, sharp axe
Shinin’ steel, tempered in the fire
And I’ll cut you down like an old, dead tree
Dirty old town – dirty old town

I met my love by the factory wall
I dreamed a dream by the Old Canal
I kissed a girl by the gasworks wall
Dirty old town – dirty old town
Dirty old town – dirty old town
Live at the Dublin Pub Track 5