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Dirty Water
by The Standells

I'm gonna tell you a story
I'm gonna tell you about my town
I'm gonna tell you a big fat story, baby
Aw, it's all about my town

Yeah, down by the river
Down by the banks of the river Charles
(Aw, that's what's happenin' baby)
That's where you'll find me
Along with lovers, muggers, and thieves
(Aw, but they're cool people)

Well I love that dirty water
Oh, Boston, you're my home
(Oh, you're the number one place)

Frustrated women (I mean they're frustrated)
Have to be in by twelve o'clock (oh, that's a shame)
But I'm wishin' and a-hopin', oh
That just once those doors weren't locked
(I like to save time for my baby to walk around)

Well I love that dirty water
Oh, Boston, you're my home (oh, yeah)

Because I love that dirty water
Oh, Boston, you're my home (oh, yeah)

Well, I love that dirty water (I love it, baby)
I love that dirty water (I love Boston)
I love that dirty water (Have you heard about the strangler?)
I love that dirty water (I'm the man, I'm the man)
I love that dirty water (Ow)
I love that dirty water (Come on, come on)

Lyrics Β© Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: E. COBB

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The Standells

Our song Dirty Water was used in a campaign to clean up what was one of the most polluted rivers in the nation. Today it is one of the cleanest. We are proud of that.

Robert Bauer

can i go fishing in the Charles ??

W. Rusty Lane

You guys must be pretty old now as I listened to this when I was a teenager and I'm 69 now. Now I'm learning it on my guitar. I was just picking out the lead and couldn't figure what song it went to so I had to get on YT to find this song.

The Master of Noobs

thanks for your service to third world countries. idc about your song but the message is good

Rick James

Have you been to the river & looked for yourself? I have , it's still filthy. Don't believe everything you read. 6 plus feet of bottom sediments are very toxic & polluted.

Louis Ohland

I miss watching the crew boats go down the river on foggy mornings in Cambridge. Great song!

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15 dislikes are Yankee fans.

Charlie ND

@AntonFilms As a traumatized Leafs fan, I can confirm.


@U2Yes 1DNo EDCP/Sabrina Kitty/Brown/Hooves Or traumatized Leafs fans

Isabel Beckerman

I'm NOT one of the 15 dislikes. As a Yankee fan, I ADORE πŸ₯° this song. One of rock and roll's all time classics of the 60's. It's so great it should be designated as Mass.'s official state song like Georgia's "Georgia On My Mind." The Standells, a one hit wonder garage band, did a gritty but marvelous rendition of this song and it's an all time radio favorite.

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