Dirty Water

Album: Dirty Water (1966)
Charted: 11
  • 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) Writer/s: E. COBB
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 5

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 18th 1965, the Standells appeared on the CBS-TV sitcom 'The Munsters', in an episode titled 'Far Out Munsters'...
    The LA quartet performed the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand"...
    A little over a year later on April 17th, 1966 they debut on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at #98 with "Dirty Water", eventually it peaked at #11 {See 2nd post below}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, Ny'Well I love that dirty water, Oh Boston you're my home'...
    On March 4th 1822, the city of Boston, Massachusetts was incorporated...
    And here's some more obscure trivia for ya; exactly fifteen years later on March 4th, 1837 the city of Chicago was granted a charter by the state of Illinois.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 28th 1967, the Standells performed "Dirty Water" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Nine months earlier on April 17th, 1966 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on July 3rd, 1966 it peaked at #11 (for 2 weeks) and spent 16 weeks on the Top 100...
    It was track five on their album of the same name, the album reached #52 on Billboard's Pop albums chart...
    One other track off the album also made the Top 100, "Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White", it peaked at #43...
    "Dirty Water" was composed by Ed Cobb; he wrote three other songs that made the Top 100; in 1964 Brenda Holloway took his "Every Little Bit Hurts" to #13 (for 2 weeks), then in 1982 Soft Cell reached #8 (for 2 weeks) with "Tainted Love" and it stayed on the Top 100 for an amazing 43 weeks (and only 3 of those 43 weeks were on the Top 10)...
    His biggest success was "SOS"; and on May 7th, 2006 Rihanna peaked at #1 (for 3 weeks) with it.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyPosting with sadness; Dick Dodd, the Standells' vocalist and drummer, died of cancer on November 29th, 2013 at the age of 68...
    May he R.I.P.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyIn 1979 the English band The Inmates covered this song, it peaked at No. 51 and it was the only charted record they had in the U.S.A.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Michael Schenker

Michael SchenkerSongwriter Interviews

The Scorpions and UFO guitarist is also a very prolific songwriter - he explains how he writes with his various groups, and why he was so keen to get out of Germany and into England.

Emilio Castillo from Tower of Power

Emilio Castillo from Tower of PowerSongwriter Interviews

Emilio talks about what it's like to write and perform with the Tower of Power horns, and why every struggling band should have a friend like Huey Lewis.

Harold Brown of War

Harold Brown of WarSongwriter Interviews

A founding member of the band War, Harold gives a first-person account of one of the most important periods in music history.

Al Kooper

Al KooperSongwriter Interviews

Kooper produced Lynyrd Skynyrd, played with Dylan and the Stones, and formed BS&T.

Daryl Hall

Daryl HallSongwriter Interviews

Daryl Hall's TV show is a hit, and he's been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - only one of these developments excites him.

90s Music Quiz 1

90s Music Quiz 1Music Quiz

First question: Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson appeared in videos for what artist?