Saturday, March 17, 2012
“I met my love by the gasworks wall. Dreamed a dream by the old canal. I kissed my girl by the factory wall. Dirty old town. Dirty old town.” Pure poetry. Originally written by Ewan MacColl in 1949 in reference to working class discontent in industrial Salford, northern England, "Dirty Old Town" is now most associated with Belfast, Dublin or Derry, Ireland. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, let’s listen to the fine rendition above by The Pogues, with vocals by Shane MacGowan.