Old Town (song)

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"Old Town"
Philip Lynott Old Town single cover.jpg
Single by Philip Lynott
from the album The Philip Lynott Album
B-side "Beat of the Drum"
Released 1982
Format 7" vinyl
Genre Rock
Length 3:27
Label Virgin (Ireland)
Vertigo (UK, The Netherlands)
Writer(s) Philip Lynott, Jimmy Bain
Producer(s) Philip Lynott, Kit Woolven
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"Old Town" is a song released by Thin Lizzy frontman Philip Lynott from his 1982 self-titled solo album, The Philip Lynott Album. The song was written about the breakup of two lovers, and contains piano by Darren Wharton. In the music video, Lynott can be seen on the Ha'penny Bridge in Dublin, as well as several other locations around Dublin City Centre. [1]

"Old Town" was the first record to be officially played on Irish legal Independent Radio. It was the first song played by Dublin's Capital Radio 104.4 on its launch on 20 July 1989.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
Dutch GfK chart[2] 46

Track listings[edit]

  • Ireland: Virgin / VIS 103 (Without spoken intro)
  • The Netherlands: Vertigo / 6059 580
  • UK: Vertigo / SOLO 5
Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Old Town"   Philip Lynott, Jimmy Bain 3:27
Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
2. "Beat of the Drum"   Lynott, Jackie Daly, Johnny "Ringo" McDonagh, Brian Downey  

The Corrs version[edit]

"Old Town (This Boy Is Cracking Up)"
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Single by The Corrs
from the album The Corrs Unplugged
Released April 2000
Format CD
Recorded Ardmore Studios, County Wicklow, Ireland, 5 October 1999
Genre Celtic, Folk-rock
Length 4:38
Label 143 Records/Lava Records/Atlantic Records
Writer(s) Philip Lynott, Jimmy Bain
Producer(s) Mitchell Froom, The Corrs
The Corrs singles chronology
"Old Town"

The Corrs covered "Old Town" on their 1999 appearance on MTV's Unplugged series, and again with a studio recording for their 2005 album Home.

The live version was released as a single, titled "Old Town (This Boy Is Cracking Up)" in 2000 in Singapore, Belgium and the Netherlands. In 2005 the studio recording was released as a double A-side with "Heart Like a Wheel", and was included on the 2006 compilation Dreams: The Ultimate Corrs Collection. They also performed this song in their In Blue Tour.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
Canadian Adult Contemporary[3] 73

Track listings[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Old Town (This Boy Is Cracking Up)"   Philip Lynott, Jimmy Bain 4:38
2. "What I Know"   Glenn Ballard, Siedah Garrett 4:36
3. "Little Wing" (Rehearsal version) Jimi Hendrix 4:51


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