Dirty Water

Words & Music:

Ed Cobb

This song is supposedly about '60s-era dorm curfews at Boston University (which lies between Commonwealth Ave. & the Charles River) and the "dirty water" of the Charles.  The river's now much cleaner and this is a singalong staple at Fenway (along with – inexplicably – Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline").  You haven't lived 'til you hear 38,000 people sing it as one.


basic E riff for the song:  E  A    D    A/C#


[Intro spoken over the riff:]

I'm gonna tell you a story, I'm gonna tell you about my town.

I'm gonna tell you a big bad story, baby.  Aww, it's all about my town.



Yeah, down by the river, down by the banks of the river Charles.

[A riff]                                                    [E riff]

That's where you'll find me along with lovers, muggers, and thieves



        B            Bb A

Well, I love that dirty water!

E A D        A       [E riff]

Oh, Boston, you're my home


Frustrated women have to be in by twelve o'clock.

But I'm wishin' and a-hopin', oh, that just once those doors were locked.


CHORUS:  [2x]


Well, I love that dirty water...  [repeat over riff and out]



E chord riff:

       [E]    [A/E]    [E7no3][A/E]








A chord riff:

       [A]    [D/A]    [A7no3][D/A]








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