Daily archives: March 22, 2004

Dirty Old Town

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

Clouds are drifting across the moon

Cats are prowling on their beat

Springs a girl from the streets at night

Dirty old town, dirty old town

I heard a siren from the docks

Saw a train set the night on fire

I smelled the spring on the smokey wind

Dirty old town, dirty old town

I’m going to make me a big sharp axe

Shining steel tempered in the fire

I’ll chop you down like an old dead tree

Dirty old town, dirty old town

It’s another grey day in Manchester, but I do love this city. (Okay, the song’s really about Salford, but I have a dozen versions, including one by Frank Black. It was a bit shaming to see how few other people were singing along when he did his gig in the Academy last year.)

Vital Statistics

Country of origin

1. United Kingdom 1721 78.7 %

2. United States 244 11.2 %

3. Germany 76 3.5 %

4. Canada 23 1.1 %

5. France 21 1.0 %

6. Netherlands, The 13 0.6 %

7. Australia 10 0.5 %

8. Japan 6 0.3 %

9. Brunei 6 0.3 %

10. China 5 0.2 %

Unknown 23 1.1 %

The rest 40 1.8 %

Total 2188 100.0 %

Yes, I’m fascinated by the traffic stats for Spinneyhead, and probably will remain so until I’m getting a thousand plus hits a day. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you’ll see that I’ve changed the script for tracking referrals. the old one had shut down after the owner found too many problems following an upgrade.