"Just what folk song does Ewan McColl's "Dirty Old Town" sound like?" Ewan adapted the tune from Isla Cameron's 'Waters of Tyne' - the two were working together on the play the song was written for when it was composed MacColl's technique was to choose a tune and spend hours humming it through, making changes until he was satisfied with it. Jim Carroll. thread.cfm?threadid=165660&page=19#3983129
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