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Dirty Old Town Chords

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Here are the chords for Dirty Old Town (an Ewan MacColl song) as played by Ted Leo 
on Tell Balgeary, Balgury Is Dead.

I don't know if it's actually played in E, that's just how I play it. You can 
transpose it as necessary.

The A/C# chord is played x4222x, and the E7 chord is 020100 (not the other way). 
Everything else is standard.


E     A     E     (1h2p1 on the g string)
I found my love by the gasworks croft

A/C#     Abm     A     B
Dreamed a dream by the old canal

E     Abm     C#m     B
Kissed my girl by the factory wall

A     B     E7
Dirty old town, dirty old town.


E     A     E
Clouds a-driftin' across the moon

A/C#     Abm     A     B
Cats and dogs prowlin' in their beat

E     Abm     C#m     B
Spring's a girl in the streets at night

A     B     E     C#m
Dirty old town, dirty old town.

A     B     E7
Dirty old town, dirty old town.


E     A     E
Heard a siren from the docks

A/C#     Abm     A     B
Saw a train set the night on fire

E     Abm     C#m     B
Smelled the fall on the smokey wind

A     B     E     C#m
Dirty old town, dirty old town.

A     B     E7
Dirty old town, dirty old town.

E     A     E
I'm gonna get myself a good sharp axe

A/C#     Abm     A     B
Shining steel tempered in the fire

E     Abm     C#m     B
Gonna cut you down like a dead old tree

A     B     E7
Dirty old town, dirty old town.


E     A     E
I found my love by the gasworks croft

A/C#     Abm     A     B
Dreamed a dream by the old canal

E     Abm     C#m     B
Kissed my girl by the factory wall

A     B     E     C#m
In this dirty old town, dirty old town.

A     B     E     C#m
Dirty old town, dirty old town.

A     B     E7
Dirty old town, dirty old town.


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matthewhyatt22 wrote on May 12 2012, 02:05 pm

This sounds good. I've seen a few live shows and I think he plays it in the key of C. I think the chords that he uses are (going from what's already up there),
C, F, C,
Em, Am, F, G,
C, Em, Am, G,
F, G, C.

Or something like that.

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