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

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...

D, G & C Major

Numbered Circles: Chord fingering - number inside circle indicates which finger to use
Unmarked strings: Play open
X: Don't play string
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings
R: Root Note

Right Handed Charts:

Left Handed Charts:

The Pogues

The Pogues

Origin: Kings Cross, London, England

Active Years: 1982–96, 2001–present

Music Styles: Celtic punk, folk punk

The band has had a colorful history with success, break-ups, re-unions and continued success.

The Pogues

Official Website: thepogues.com

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