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The song is a mock paean to the city of Boston and its then-famously polluted Boston Harbor and Charles River. Its Boston and Charles River references are reportedly based on an experience of Cobb and his girlfriend with a mugger in Boston in the mid-1960s. In addition to the river, other local interest items in the song include the Boston University women's curfew — "Frustrated women … have to be in by twelve o'clock" — and a passing mention of the Boston… read more

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