Dirty Old Town
Craig Cardiff Lyrics


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Dirty old town, dirty old town
They've got all your little secrets clearly written down
You don't even know, and you can't even see
The butterfly that you're going to be
Oh, the butterfly that we are becoming

And all the roads, and all the miles
Hair goes grey, eyes stay wide
Come to bed, turn out the lights
Fall asleep inside
You're the one
You're the one
You're the one

Hearts grow into hearts until hearts become one
You're the one
You're the one
You're the one
I carry your heart in my heart
Sung with every song

Singing you're the one
Oh, you're the one

Poised with grace in this poisoned place
How you ever manage to keep it off your face
You don't even know, and you can't even see
The butterfly that you're going to be
Oh, the butterfly that we are becoming

Dirty old town, dirty old town
They've got all your little secrets clearly written down
You don't even know, and you can't even see
The butterfly that you're going to be
Oh, the butterfly that we are becoming

'Cause you're the one
You're the one
You're the one
Hearts grow into hearts until hearts become one
You're the one
You're the one
You're the one
I carry your heart in my heart
Sung with every song





Singing you're the one
Oh, you're the one

Overall Meaning

The song "Dirty Old Town" by Craig Cardiff is a poignant ode to the struggles of life in a less-than-perfect place. The lyrics describe a world where everyone has secrets, and these secrets are closely guarded by those in power. The singer (presumably a resident of this "dirty old town") is aware of this, but they also believe that there is hope for change. They see themselves and their fellow citizens as becoming something new, represented by a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis. This transformation comes about through love- specifically, the love felt between two people who are "the one" for each other.


The song's theme of transformation is reinforced by the repeated line "you're the one," which represents a connection with another person that transcends the physical world. This connection is so strong that both people's hearts become one, and the singer carries their loved one's heart in their own. Despite the difficulties they face, the singer is able to maintain grace and hope for the future. The repeated refrain of "the butterfly that we are becoming" reinforces the idea that in spite of all the struggles they face, there is still the potential for change and growth.


Overall, "Dirty Old Town" is a powerful meditation on the transformative power of love in the midst of a harsh and difficult world. It suggests that even in the darkest of times and places, there is always the possibility of hope and beauty.


Line by Line Meaning

Dirty old town, dirty old town
The town is old and dirty, with secrets kept by everyone.


They've got all your little secrets clearly written down
The town knows everyone's secrets, even if they themselves don't know it.


You don't even know, and you can't even see
People are unaware of their own secrets and how others perceive them.


The butterfly that you're going to be
People have the potential to change and grow into something beautiful, like a butterfly.


Oh, the butterfly that we are becoming
As people grow and change, the community also changes.


And all the roads, and all the miles
The journey of life, and all the experiences along the way.


Hair goes grey, eyes stay wide
Aging physically, but remaining open to new experiences and growth.


Come to bed, turn out the lights
A symbol of rest and peace.


Fall asleep inside
Finding comfort and safety within oneself.


You're the one
An affirmation of love and support for someone important.


Hearts grow into hearts until hearts become one
Love grows and merges until two people become one.


I carry your heart in my heart
A commitment and depth of love for someone else.


Sung with every song
Love is present in every aspect of life.


Poised with grace in this poisoned place
Remaining calm and collected in a negative environment.


How you ever manage to keep it off your face
Hiding one's emotions and remaining composed.


Cause you're the one
Reinforcing the importance of someone special.


Hearts grow into hearts until hearts become one
Repeated for emphasis on the merging of love.


I carry your heart in my heart
Repeated as a declaration of love and commitment.


Sung with every song
Repeated to reinforce that love is present in all aspects of life.


Singing you're the one
A declaration of love and dedication.


Oh, you're the one
Repeated for emphasis on the person's importance.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Craig Cardiff, Joel Stouffer, Kieran Adams, Laurie Les Goldblatt, Paul Richard Mathew

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@mitdave3442

Dirty old town, dirty old town
I've got all your little problems clearly written down
But you don't even know, and can't even see
All the butterfly that you're going to be
All the butterfly that you are becoming

[Pre-Chorus]
All the roads, all the miles
But hair goes grey, eyes stay wide
Fall into bed, turn off the lights
Fall asleep inside

[Chorus 1]
You're the one, you're the one, you're the one
Hearts grow into hearts until hearts become one
But you're the one, you're the one, you're the one
I carry your heart in my heart, sung with every song
But you're the one, you're the one

[Verse 2]
Poised with grace in this poisoned place
And how you ever manage to keep it off your face
But you don't even know and you can't even see
All the butterfly that you're going to be
All the butterfly that you are becoming

[Verse 3]
Dirty old town, dirty old town
They've got all of your little secrets fairly written down
And you don't even know and you can't even see
All the butterfly that you're going to be
All the butterfly that you are becoming

[Chorus 2]
But you're the one, you're the one, you're the one
Hearts grow into hearts until hearts become one
But you're the one, you're the one, you're the one
I carry your heart in my heart, hearts become one
But you're the one, you're the one, you're the one
Hearts grow into hearts until hearts become one
But you're the one, you're the one, you're the one
I carry your heart in my heart, sung with every song
Fall asleep inside

[Instrumental]



@ela2168

dirty old town, dirty old town,
they've got all your little problems clearly written down.
you don't even know, don't even see
the butterfly that you're going to be,
the butterfly that you are becoming.

all the road, all the miles,
hair goes grey, eyes stay wide.
come to bed, turn off the lights
fall asleep inside of you. you're the one,

you're the one.
hearts grow into hearts until hearts become one.
you're the one, you're the one.
i carry you heart in my heart sung with every song.


poised with grace in this poisoned place.
how you ever manage to keep it off your face.
you don't even know, don't even see
the butterfly that you're going to be,
the butterfly you are becoming.



@CraigCardiffMusic

bits and pieces from everywhere -

and ee cummings of course!

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]
BY E. E. CUMMINGS
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)



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@mchaggins3294

Been one of my favorite songs for about 4 years. Kind of timeless in a way.

@CraigCardiffMusic

thanks for listening to the music - new music coming out september! https://artists.landr.com/055120958717

@vaniagomes374

I was listening to some songs on Spotify when suddenly this song came on.
Now It's been one of my favs. I can't stop listening it ♥️

@CraigCardiffMusic

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@claregomez4741

Let me just say this... Last month I heard this song randomly on spotify. I loved it but I was washing the dishes and I was listening to it on a random playlist on shuffle... So the worst thing happened, the lyric and tune "you're the one, you're the one, you're the one" got stuck in my head. I got so depressed when I couldn't find this song anymore. I had no idea where to begin looking. I tried searching for this song on google, simply typing "you're the one 3x indie song" but the results never went to my favor. Fast forward: today I was randomly listening on Daily Mix on spotify and a familiar tune came in. Yes. It's this song. I got my little miracle today.

@CraigCardiffMusic

:) check out new music coming out in the fall

https://artists.landr.com/055120958717

@strawburri

Deserves way more recongition. One of my faves!

@CraigCardiffMusic

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@fredysaavedra1

This music seems beautiful to me, I am a truck driver and this music makes my trips a beautiful scenario where I can really see the road

@CraigCardiffMusic

thanks for your ears - check out the song 'lake michigan' and 'lenny bruce lee'

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