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david byrne
dirty old town
Chords and lyrics

difficulty: expert



                The album version of this song is in the key of F though David plays it in G on 

the acoustic bootlegs.

Intro: (2x)

F Gm Dm

F Gm C

Verse:

                F                 Gm

Well, there are sixteen people in Danny's apartment

F                  Gm

Sixteen people are living in there

F                    Dm

Remember the days of rent control

C                 Bb

Grandpa remembers rock and roll

           F             Gm

These days won't last forever

           F               Gm

These days won't last for long

          F                  Gm

You know, somebody somewhere owes us a favor

F                            Gm

That's how things really get done

        C              Bb              C           Bb

In this World of Opportunities, it's a Land of Possibilities

Chorus:

F        Bb        C         Bb

We wanna live in a dirty old town

F           Bb  C          Bb

Building it up, tearing us down

         F           Bb              C          Bb

With our head in the clouds and our feet on the ground

F        Bb               F     Gm Dm

We wanna live - dirty old town

Dm        F     Gm C

Dirty old town

F Gm Dm

F Gm C

Verse:

             F                Gm

Now when the ladies come from Kansas

     F                      Gm

They wear their traditional colors

F                     Dm

Today the fabrics are ragged and torn

    C                         Bb

The clothes on their backs is all that they own

          F                     Gm

They say, "Don't draw attention to yourself

        F                    Gm

They'll tear you apart for a couple of bucks

F                      Dm

Keep you head down and keep you nose clean

       C                       Bb

'Cause people who're scared do dangerous things"

           F             Gm

These days can't last forever

           F              Gm

These days can't last for long

         F       Gm

You know someday things'll get better

F                 Gm

Somehow things'll get done

       C               Bb               C             Bb

In this World of Possibilities, it's the Land of Opportunities

Chorus:

F        Bb        C         Bb

We wanna live in a dirty old town

F           Bb  C          Bb

Building it up, tearing us down

         F           Bb              C          Bb

With our head in the clouds and our feet on the ground

F        Bb                F     Gm Dm

We wanna live - dirty old town

Dm        F     Gm C

Dirty old town

Verse:

           F                      Gm

These days shoes are worn only on special occasions

F                      Gm

Battles are fought for fam'ly and nations

F                      Dm

Maybe you'll pray, but God isn't home

            C                 Bb

And there's no guarantee that justice be done

Chorus:

F        Bb        C         Bb

We wanna live in a dirty old town

F           Bb  C          Bb

Building it up, tearing us down

         F           Bb              C          Bb

With our head in the clouds and our feet on the ground

F        Bb               F     Gm Dm

We wanna live - dirty old town

Dm        F     Gm C

Dirty old town

Outro:

(Horns play melody)

F--------

Gm C

(Notes are sung along)

(2x)

F Gm Dm

F Gm C



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