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Dirty Water tab

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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE--------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the#
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research.#
#-----------------------------------------------------------------------------#
The Standells were from L.A., not Boston - but producer/writer/former
Four Prep Ed Cobb reputedly wrote this song about dorm curfews at Boston
University.  --AWR


                             "Dirty Water"
                               (Ed Cobb)

Intro [6X; tambourine and bass enter 2nd time, drums 3rd, organ 4th]:

	[E]    [A/E]    [E7no3][A/E]
	 v   v   v   v     v   v   v   v
	-----------------|-----------------|
	-----------------|-----------------|
	-----------------|-7---7-6---------|
	---------7-------|-----------------|
	/7---7-----------|-----------------|
	-----------------|-----------------|

	(spoken:)

	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

Verse 1:

	       E [as above]
	Yeah, down by the river
	Down by the banks of the river Charles   (aw, that's what's happenin'
	                                          baby)

	[A]    [D/A]    [A7no3][D/A]
	 v   v   v   v     v   v   v   v
	-----------------|-----------------|
	-----------------|-----------------|
	-----------------|-12--1211--------|
	---------12------|-----------------|
	/12--12----------|-----------------|
	-----------------|-----------------|

	A [as above]
	That's where you'll find me
	                                  E
	Along with lovers, fuggers, and thieves  (aw, but they're cool people)
	        B
	Well I love that dirty water
	(B) Bb A [N.C.]               E
	       Oh, Boston, you're my home   (oh, you're the Number One place)

Verse 2:

	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)

Instrumental (as per verse chords; harmonica [A] solo first four bars):

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

Coda (repeat to fade over intro riff):

	Well, I love that dirty water   (I love it, baby)
	I love that dirty water         (I love Baw-stun)
	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         (Owww!)
	I love that dirty water         (Come on, come on) [fade]


-- another ace 60's tab from Andrew Rogers

            
            
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wolfey89 159 Nov 30, 2005 11:42 AM

it sounds best if u slide from 2 to 7 for the intro, and from 5 to 12 for the second part

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matthewcasagrande 60 Jan 05, 2017 06:19 PM

It's a little easier if you instead play the second part like this:

-----------------|-----------------|
-----------------|-8---8-7---------|
---------7-------|-----------------|
/7---7-----------|-----------------|
-----------------|-----------------|
-----------------|-----------------|

I think it's technically the same pitch, playing it this way just means that you don't have to slide your hand up and down the guitar as much, so you can play the whole thing in one place. :)

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