City of Light – City of Magic

While writing yesterday about Charles Haar’s work as a special master on the Boston Harbor cleanup, it occurred to me that in our list of great environmental songs, we (although not our commenters) missed an obvious one: The Standells’ Dirty Water, which of course is all about that:


It might not be the best dirty water song ever, though: that honor goes to Randy Newman’s classic Burn On, about the Cuyahoga River.  Not a great performance of it, but here it is.


Get the original version on the record.

The Lord can make you tumble/

The Lord can make you turn/

The Lord can make you overflow/

But the Lord can’t make you burn.

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Jonathan Zasloff teaches Torts, Land Use, Environmental Law, Comparative Urban Planning Law, Legal History, and Public Policy Clinic – Land Use, the Environment and Loc…

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