#00118
Dirty Old Town (Ewan MacColl)
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#2504: YouTube video
by Gypsy Jazzist ℗2016
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I found my love by the gasworks croft,
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 dock,
Saw a train set the night on fire;
Smelled the spring on the smoky wind,
Dirty old town, dirty old town.

Clouds adrift 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 ax,
Shining steel tempered in the fire;
We'll chop you down like an old dead tree,
Dirty old town, dirty old town.

####.... Ewan MacColl [1915-1989]. Originally written in 1949 as an interlude for an awkward scene change in MacColl's play, Landscape And Chimneys, which was set in the city where MacColl grew up - Salford, Lancashire, England ....####
The video above features a recording from Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger's 1983 Freeborn Man cassette, trk#B9, Blackthorne Records, BR 1065.

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The lyrics in the variant below were arranged and recorded by Irish Descendants (Livin' On The Edge, 1996 CD, trk#15, Warner Music Canada Ltd, Scarborough, ON, distributed by Duckworth Distribution; executive producer: Fred Brokenshire; producer: Hayward Parrott).

#2503: YouTube video
by TheNLIslander ℗2011
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The video below features a recording by Sons of Erin (The Sons Of Erin, Vol 1, Alive 'N' Kickin' cassette, trk#9).

#630: YouTube video
by oldirishladdie ℗2009
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From Princeton University WordNet:
Gasworks - the workplace for the manufacture of coal gas, a gaseous mixture produced by distillation of bituminous coal and used for heating and lighting.

From Wikipedia:
Croft - fenced or enclosed area of land, usually small and arable, and usually, but not always, with a crofter's dwelling thereon. A crofter is one who has tenure and use of the land, typically as a tenant farmer, especially in rural areas
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These tabs are based on an arrangement recorded by Anchors Aweigh of Rocky Harbour (Time On The Bay, 2005 CD, trk#7, produced by Louis McDonald, Rocky Harbour, NL.

(Capo 2nd Fret)

Intro:
[D]

I met my love by the gasworks wall, [D7]
Dreamed a [G] dream [Em] by the old [D] canal;
I [G] kissed [G] my [D] girl by the factory wall,
Dirty old [Em] town, dirty old [Bm] town. [A]

Clouds are [D] drifting across the moon, [D7]
Cats are [G] prow- [Em] ling on their [D] beat;
[G] Spring's [G] a [D] girl from the streets at night,
Dirty old [Em] town, dirty old [Bm] town. [A]

I heard a [D] siren from the docks, [D7]
Saw a [G] train [Em] set the night on [D] fire;
[G] Smelled [G] the [D] spring on the smoky wind,
Dirty old [Em] town, dirty old [Bm] town. [A]

Interlude: (normal chord progression)

I'm gonna [D] make me a big strong ax, [D7]
Of shining [G] steel [Em] tempered in the [D] fire;
I'll [G] chop [G] you [D] down like an old dead tree,
Dirty old [Em] town, dirty old [Bm] town. [A]

I met my [D] love by the gasworks wall, [D7]
Dreamed a [G] dream [Em] by the old [D] canal;
I [G] kissed [G] my [D] girl by the factory wall,
Dirty old [Em] town, dirty old [Bm] town. [A] (slowly)
Dirty old [Em] town, it's a dirty old [Bm] town.

Outro:
[A] [D] (With a lead part)

    ~ Chords by Bob Dumais ~

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