"The North is both our glory and our problem. It is the land that gave birth to all the clichés – dark, grim, cobbled and the rest of it – because in its heyday they were true. No part of England has had a stronger character, and you do not part with that sort of reputation easily. Huge mills, smoking chimneys, mass workforces; they were all there and sometimes you think, despairingly, that they will cling on indelibly forever." - True North', Martin Wainwright
Ewan MacColl originally wrote Dirty Old Town in 1949, inspired by the rough living conditions he witnessed in Salford at the time. Since then, many people have covered it, including The Dubliners and The Pogues, and even Rod Stewart (before he discovered leopard print pants).
As such, Dirty Old Town is a song of the North, but it has endured because, beyond that, it has a universal appeal. It combines a deep-seated melancholy with a rousing lyricism and a keen sense of place. It is, in fact, timeless.
Celebrate your hometown as wall art with this bold, graphic interpretation of Dirty Old Town.
The poster reproduces some of MacColl’s original lyrics*. Later artists adapted them slightly.
I found my love by the gasworks croft* / Dreamed a dream by the old canal / Kissed my girl by the factory wall / Dirty Old Town, Dirty Old Town
"Currently decorating my lounge & this is totally going to take pride of place" - Natalie
All prints are carefully packed securely in postal tubes for safe delivery.
Print designed and shipped from Manchester, UK
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★★★★★Purchased the Dirty Old Town print. Love it. Fantastic customer service too. - Jill F.
★★★★★Brilliant quality and fast postal service! - Ian C.
★★★★★As an adopted Mancunian myself, this particular print was bang on! - Adrian W.