Dirty Old Town chords & lyrics

by The Pogues

Dirty Old Town was written by Ewan MacColl in 1949. This version features The Pogues, a Celtic punk band originating from London, England.
Key Signatures: D Major, G Major, C Major
Intro: D Major     Verses: G major     Instrumental: C Major
Time Signature: 4/4 time      Tempo: 123 bpm (♩)
Song Chords: D, G, C, Em, Am, F, Dm
The Pogues

Dirty Old Town by The Pogues

Intro:|(harmonica) -♩♩♩|
   |  D  |  D  |  D  |  D  |  G  |  G  |  D  |  D  |  Em  |  Em  |  D  |
                                                                   (I met my)
             G
1. I met my love by the gas works wall
                 C                  G
   Dreamed the dream by the old ca-nal
                G
   I kissed my girl by the fact-’ry wall
               D                   Em
   Dir-ty old town____ Dir-ty old town

                G                          
2. Clouds are drift-ing a-cross the moon
             C                  G 
   Cats are prow-ling on their beat
               G
   Spring's a girl round the street at night
               D                   Em      |                |
   Dir-ty old town____ Dir-ty old town     (key change - violin)

Instrumental:
    |  C  |  C  |  C  |  C  |  F  |  F  |  C  |  C  |
    |  C  |  C  |  C  |  C  | Dm  | Dm  | Am  | Am  |
                                                  (I heard a...)
             G
3. I heard a si-ren from the docks
           C                     G 
   Saw a train set the night on fire
                    G
   I smelled the spring on the smok-ey wind
               D                   Em
   Dir-ty old town____ Dir-ty old town

               G
4. I'm gon-na make me a big sharp axe
              C                     G
   Shin-ing steel temp-ered in the fire
                  G
   I’ll chop you down like an old dead tree
               D                   Em
   Dir-ty old town____ Dir-ty old town

             G
5. I met my love by the gas works wall
               C                  G 
   Dreamed a dream by the old ca-nal
                G
   I kissed my girl by the fact-’ry wall
               D                   Em
   Dir-ty old town____ Dir-ty old town
               D                   Em
   Dir-ty old town____ Dir-ty old town...
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Dirty Old Town chords and lyrics

D, G & C Major

Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4 : Notes played
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   
            C                   G                   D                  Em
    e |---|---|---|     e |---|---|-3-|     e |---|-2-|---|     e |---|---|---|
    B |-1-|---|---|     B |---|---|---|     B |---|---|-3-|     B |---|---|---|
    G |---|---|---|     G |---|---|---|     G |---|-1-|---|     G |---|---|---|
    D |---|-2-|---|     D |---|---|---|     D |---|---|---|     D |---|-2-|---|
    A |---|---|-3-|     A |---|-1-|---|     A |---|---|---|x    A |---|-1-|---|
    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|-2-|     E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|
Frets   1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3 

           Am                  Dm                   F               F (barre)
    e |---|---|---|     e |-1-|---|---|     e |-1-|---|---|     e |-1-|---|---|
    B |-1-|---|---|     B |---|---|-3-|     B |-1-|---|---|     B |-1-|---|---|
    G |---|-3-|---|     G |---|-2-|---|     G |---|-2-|---|     G |-1-|-2-|---|
    D |---|-2-|---|     D |---|---|---|     D |---|---|-3-|     D |-1-|---|-4-|
    A |---|---|---|     A |---|---|---|x    A |---|---|---|x    A |-1-|---|-3-|
    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x    E |-1-|---|---|
Frets   1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3 

Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
          C                   G                   D                  Em
    |---|---|---| e     |-3-|---|---| e     |---|-2-|---| e     |---|---|---| e
    |---|---|-1-| B     |---|---|---| B     |-3-|---|---| B     |---|---|---| B
    |---|---|---| G     |---|---|---| G     |---|-1-|---| G     |---|---|---| G
    |---|-2-|---| D     |---|---|---| D     |---|---|---| D     |---|-2-|---| D
    |-3-|---|---| A     |---|-1-|---| A    x|---|---|---| A     |---|-1-|---| A
   x|---|---|---| E     |-2-|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E     |---|---|---| E
      3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1   Frets
      
         Am                  Dm                   F               F (barre)
    |---|---|---| e     |---|---|-1-| e     |---|---|-1-| e     |---|---|-1-| e
    |---|---|-1-| B     |-3-|---|---| B     |---|---|-1-| B     |---|---|-1-| B
    |---|-3-|---| G     |---|-2-|---| G     |---|-2-|---| G     |---|-2-|-1-| G
    |---|-2-|---| D     |---|---|---| D     |-3-|---|---| D     |-4-|---|-1-| D
    |---|---|---| A    x|---|---|---| A    x|---|---|---| A     |-3-|---|-1-| A
   x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E     |---|---|-1-| E
      3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1   Frets
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