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:
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.