Standells ( The ) - Dirty Water

First performance: 08/04/1984


Bruce played the song 9 times and once as a snippet:
Always in Massachusetts. 
"Dirty Water" debuts to open the encores. 

2006-05-27 Tweeter Center For The Performing Arts, Mansfield, MA
First and last tour performance for Boston special "Dirty Water", in a medley with "Buffalo Gals" with Peter Wolf joining in.

2003-11-01 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ
Off tour : Light of Day

2003-09-07 Fenway Park, Boston, MA
2003-09-06 Fenway Park, Boston, MA
2002-10-04 FleetCenter, Boston, MA

1984-04-08 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ 
  •  Snippet
1999-08-21 FleetCenter, Boston, MA
"Light Of Day" includes a Massachusetts-centric "I've Been Everywhere", plus an instrumental snippet of "Dirty Water". 


"Dirty Water" is a song by the American rock band The Standells, written by their producer Ed Cobb. The song is a mock paean to the city of Boston, Massachusetts and its then-famously polluted Boston Harbor and Charles River.

Bruce on the artist


I'm gonna tell you a story
I'm gonna tell you about my town
I'm going to 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 happening, 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 a-wishin' and a-hopin', oh
That just once those doors weren't locked
I like to save time for my baby to walk around
But I love that dirty water
Oh, Boston, you're my home
Oh, yeah
'Cause I love that dirty water
Oh, Boston, you're my home
Oh, yeah
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