Dingle, a wee town on the west coast of Ireland, is one of Santa Barbara’s sister cities? Dingle is a major fishing port and part of the Gaeltacht region, which means Irish is the predominantly spoken language in the area, followed by English. Dingle is in County Kerry.

Although this song was written by the Brit Ewan MacColl in 1949 about a town in Lancashire, England, the Celtic punk band the Pogues, led by Irish singer/songwriter Shane MacGowan, made it a chart-topping hit in 1985. As such, it is often thought to be of Irish origins. Nonetheless, it is a great tune for a pub sing.

I met my love by the gas works wall

Dreamed a dream by the old canal

I kissed a girl by the factory wall

Dirty old town, dirty old town

Clouds a drifting across the moon

Cats a prowling on their beat

Spring’s a girl in the street at night

Dirty old town, dirty old town

Heard a siren from the docks

Saw a train set the night on fire

Smelled the spring in the smokey 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

Dirty old town, dirty old town


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