“Boston Harbor: No Longer Dirty Water” is a collection of original and cover songs on the theme of Boston Harbor and water. Over the past 20 years of my day job, water has become my life, but I grew up on Boston Harbor and so it’s increasingly clean water has always flowed through my veins.
Since 1993 Dr. Michael F. Delaney has been the Laboratory Director at the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA). This CD comprises Mike’s personal efforts and does not necessarily represent the opinions of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority.
“Back in the Day of Whitey”. 2011. James “Whitey” Bulger is one of Boston’s most infamous former residents. This is the song most likely to get me wacked.
“No Longer Dirty Water/I Love Unfiltered Water”. 2007. Parody of the 1966 song “Dirty Water”, by Ed Cobb popularized by The Standells. For the Boston Harbor cleanup primarily on Deer Island, the excellent new drinking water treatment plant, and especially for ”The River Charles”.
“Scum”. 2003. Inspired by the saying at the treatment plant, “the cream rises to the top; so does the scum”.
“Neponset River Eels”. 2011. I spent a lot of my youth fishing, swimming, and boating on the Neponset River.
“Molasses Flows in Geologic Time”. 2003. Inspired by Boston’s Great Molasses Disaster of 1919.
“Skating”. 2004. Inspired by a long, cold, winter evening of skating on the Charles River in Dedham in about 1972.
“The Way of Water” by Marie-france “MF Daisy” Macdonald. Our world is all about water.
“Harbor Town” by John Ferullo who wrote this after interviewing me as part of a Bob Franke songwriting class.
“Clearwater” by Chris and Meredith Thompson. I added the last verse for Pete Seeger, who has been a life-long inspiration and who brought us all back to our rivers.
“Seasons of the Mystic” is a very slight adaptation of John Kirk’s 2009 song “Seasons of the River”. For the Mystic River.
“This is Your World”. 2012. For the marriage of my son David and his wife Catherine Pirkle. My generation is turning this world over to their generation.
“The MWRA Song (Is the Outfall On-line?”, 1998. For the construction workers who built the Deer Island Treatment Plant, and especially the four who died on the project. Also for my original boss at MWRA, Dr. Michael S. Connor.
“This Lab is Your Lab”. 2000. A parody of Woody Guthrie’s 1956 anthem “This Land Is Your Land”. Written for the fifth anniversary of the MWRA Central Laboratory. For the lab rats.
“And So It Flows”. 2006. A parody of “And So It Goes” by Billy Joel. For Deer Island.
Lyrics are available at www.mikedelaney.org/CD.html