Dirty Old Town


Devil in the Shortwave




the Mountain Goats



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Dirty Old Town is the fourth song on the EP Devil in the Shortwave. It is a cover of the Irish folk song by Ewan MacColl, made popular by The Dubliners and The Pogues.


I found my love by the Gasworks croft
Dreamed a dream by the old canal
I kissed my girl by the factory wall
Dirty old town, dirty old town

The moon is shifting behind the cloud
Cats are crawling all along the beat
And spring's a girl in the street at night
Dirty old town, dirty old town

Heard a siren calling from the docks
Saw a train set the night on fire
I smelled the spring on the smoky wind
Dirty old town, dirty old town

I'm going to make a good sharp axe
Shining steel tempered in the fire
Will chop you down like an old dead tree
Dirty old town, dirty old town

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