I'm Shipping Up to Boston

"I'm Shipping Up to Boston" is a song with lyrics written by the folk singer Woody Guthrie, music written by A. Barr, K. Casey, M. Kelly, J. Lynch and M. Orrell and performed by the Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys. It appeared on their certified gold selling 2005 album, The Warrior's Code. An earlier recording of it can be found on the Hellcat Records compilation Give 'Em the Boot: Vol. 4. The song gained world-wide attention along with boosting the band's popularity for its use in the 2006 Academy Award-winning Best Picture, The Departed and the soundtrack for the film.

The lyrics from the song were taken from a fragment of paper that Ken Casey found whilst looking through Woody Guthrie's archives.[1] The Dropkick Murphys put music to the lyrics as they also did with the song "Gonna Be A Blackout Tonight" from the 2003 album Blackout.

The single is the band's most successful to date and was certified double platinum. It reached #1 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart and sold over 1,044,000 digital copies without ever entering the Hot 100 chart.[2]

The video features the Dropkick Murphys performing the song on the waterfront in East Boston. The band is also seen "hanging out" with hooligans while being chased by Boston police officers. The song's simple lyrics describe a sailor who had lost a prosthetic leg climbing the topsail, and is shipping up to Boston to "find my wooden leg."

"I'm Shipping Up to Boston"
Single by Dropkick Murphys
from the album The Warrior's Code
Released2006
GenreCeltic punk
Length2:33
LabelHellcat
Songwriter(s)Woody Guthrie (lyrics)
Dropkick Murphys (A. Barr, K. Casey, M. Kelly, J. Lynch & M. Orrell) (music)
Producer(s)David Bianco
Dropkick Murphys singles chronology
"The Warrior's Code"
(2005)
"I'm Shipping Up to Boston"
(2006)
"The State of Massachusetts"
(2008)

Charts

Chart (2007) Peak
position
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 (Billboard) 1
Chart (2012) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA) 54

In entertainment

  • The New England Patriots frequently use the song during home games. The Dropkick Murphys performed the song live during the NFL kickoff game in 2015 that was hosted in Foxborough.
  • The instrumental version was used as the theme song for the Captain's Curse monster truck driven by Alex Blackwell.
  • In rugby union the song is used as the entrance music for Ireland, Connacht Rugby and London Irish in their home games.
  • The song was the entrance theme for former UFC light heavyweight champion and UFC Hall of Fame fighter Forrest Griffin.
  • It is used heavily in the film The Departed.[3][4]
  • It also appears in The Simpsons episode "The Debarted", which was based on The Departed. An a cappella version is featured on the episode "The Town", where the Simpsons travel to Boston.
  • Portions of the song have been used in the opening sequence and pilot episode of the show The Black Donnellys.
  • It has appeared in an episode of King of the Hill entitled "Dia-BILL-ic Shock".
  • The instrumental part of the song was used in episode six of Luck.[5]
  • A portion of the song is used for the final encore of New Kids on the Block: Live tour.
  • The song is used as the title theme for the documentary TV series Lobster Wars on the Discovery Channel.
  • The song is used in the soundtrack of a 2007 episode of Top Gear.
  • The song is featured in the video game NHL 11 and as downloadable content for the music video games Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Band.
  • The song is also used in the video game NHL Slapshot. The song is used on the menus, when goals are scored, and during faceoffs during the game.[6]
  • The song is featured as the intro to the 2007 World Series film.
  • Also, in the NHL, the song is used by the Philadelphia Flyers whenever they are about to start overtime at Wells Fargo Center, followed by a brief playing of "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns n' Roses.
  • A soundalike version written by James S. Levine is used as the theme for the TV series Rizzoli & Isles.[7]
  • It was the entrance music for pitcher Jonathan Papelbon during his time with the Boston Red Sox.
  • The song is featured in TV spots for Brave, a film set in medieval Scotland.
  • Northern Irish Darts Player Brendan Dolan uses this song for his walk-on.
  • The melody of the song was also heard in a similar way in song "Capuchino" from 2013 Bollywood romantic comedy I, Me Aur Main.
  • Used in a promotional advertisement for the Australian Football League (AFL).
  • In the UK edition of Shameless, in the last episode of the sixth series at Mandy's funeral.
  • Irish women's wrestler Rhia O'Reilly uses the song as her entrance music.
  • Colorado Rockies second baseman Daniel Murphy uses the song as his at-bat music.
  • The song was covered by Finnish melodic death metal band Children of Bodom, and appeared on their 2012 compilation album Holiday at Lake Bodom.
  • The song is commonly played as pre-game music at college basketball, football, and hockey games at Boston College.
  • The song was used to "pump up the crowd" before Boston Red Sox playoff games during the 2013 season. It was performed on the field by the Dropkick Murphys before game 6 of the 2013 American League Championship Series and game 6 of the 2013 World Series. (The band also performed the national anthem on both occasions.) In other sports teams around Boston it is used as a de facto anthem for the city.
  • The song is used as walk-up music for Oakland Athletics first baseman Nate Freiman.
  • The song is used as walk-up music for Seattle Mariners outfielder Shawn O'Malley.
  • The song is played at Notre Dame Stadium before and during Fighting Irish football games. It is also played before Notre Dame Men's and Women's basketball games inside the Joyce Center.
  • Part of the song was featured in Disney on Ice: Rockin' Ever After during the Brave segment.
  • The music was featured in commercials starting in 2014 for Samuel Adams Boston Lager and Cold Snap beers.
  • The song was used as the walk up music for Billy 'The Kid' McDonnen played by Robert De Niro in the 2014 movie 'Grudge Match'
  • The song was featured on The Boston Pops Orchestra's 2009 album The Red Sox Album.
  • The song is used by the London Irish Rugby Team as their entrance music at the Madjeski Stadium in Reading
  • The song played throughout the arena at the UFC 189 event after Irish fighter Conor McGregor defeated Chad Mendes by way of TKO in the second round. There were over 10,000 Irish fans in attendance.
  • The song is used for home games to introduce the St. John's IceCaps.
  • The song is part of the percussion feature of the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band's 2016 show.
  • The song was played during the Minnesota Gophers football game at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis versus the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on October 22, 2016.
  • The song is played when Shane Proctor, PBR bull rider, is preparing to ride.
  • The song is used as the entrance theme to professional wrestler Kyle O'Reilly at PWG shows.
  • The song is frequently played during episodes of the Channel 4 sitcom Derry Girls.
  • The song was played on NBC-TV just before the broadcast of the Notre Dame/U. of Michigan football game at Notre Dame Stadium on September 1, 2018.
  • The song was used as the introduction music for The Patriots of the Movie Trivia Schmoedown.
  • The instrumental is used by the ECHL South Carolina Stingrays during fights. Team president Rob Concannon is from Dorchester, MA.
  • The song is frequently played during Wellington Phoenix home games

References

  1. ^ Juul, -Matt (March 13, 2015). "'I'm Shipping Up to Boston': 10 Years of A Working-Class, Boston Anthem". boston.com. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  2. ^ "Week Ending March 21, 2010: Pastor Sapp's Chart Miracle – Chart Watch". Yahoo!. Archived from the original on 23 September 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  3. ^ https://www.altpress.com/features/9_dropkick_murphys_songs_that_arent_im_shipping_up_to_boston/
  4. ^ https://www.guitarworld.com/news/acoustic-nation-dropkick-murphys-im-shipping-up-to-boston-acoustic-video-finds
  5. ^ Bereznak Alyssa (March 5, 2012). "Luck Season One, Episode Six Recap: 'I Didn't Figure You for a Jazz Fan'". Vanity Fair. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  6. ^ NHL Slapshot
  7. ^ "ACE Title Search". ASCAP. Retrieved May 28, 2012.

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Terry Francona became the second Red Sox manager to win two World Series titles, following Bill Carrigan, who won the 1915 and 1916 World Series. Including the last three games of the AL Championship Series, the Red Sox outscored their opposition 59–15 over their final seven games. Francona also became the first manager to win his first 8 World Series games. The Rockies, meanwhile, became the first NL team to get swept in a World Series after sweeping the League Championship Series, and just the second team ever to suffer such a fate, following the Oakland Athletics in 1990. This fate would again be suffered by the 2012 Detroit Tigers, being swept by the San Francisco Giants in the World Series after sweeping the New York Yankees in the ALCS.

2010 NHL Winter Classic

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Dropkick Murphys

Dropkick Murphys are an American Celtic punk band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1996. The band was initially signed to independent punk record label Hellcat Records, releasing five albums for the label, and making a name for themselves locally through constant touring and yearly St. Patrick's Day week shows, held in and around Boston. The 2004 single "Tessie" became the band's first mainstream hit and one of their biggest charting singles to date. The band's final Hellcat release, 2005's The Warrior's Code, included the song "I'm Shipping Up to Boston"; the song was featured in the 2006 Academy Award-winning movie The Departed, and went on to become the band's only Platinum-selling single to date, and remains one of their best-known songs. The band is known for their loud, energetic live shows.

In 2007, the band began releasing music through their own imprint label, Born & Bred via Alternative Distribution Alliance. 2007's The Meanest of Times made its debut at No. 20 on the Billboard charts and featured the successful single, "The State of Massachusetts", while 2011's Going Out in Style was an even bigger success, making its debut at No. 6, giving the band their highest-charting album to date. The band's eighth studio album, Signed and Sealed in Blood was released in 2013 making its debut at No. 9 on the Billboard charts and featured the single "The Season's Upon Us", a Christmas song that was one of the band's highest charting singles. The band's ninth album, 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory was released on January 6, 2017 and debuted at number 8 on the Billboard charts. They have yet to have a Billboard Top 100 hit.

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Gil Santos

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Give 'Em the Boot IV

Give 'Em the Boot IV is the fourth compilation album in the Give 'Em the Boot series, released in 2004 (see 2004 in music). The album is best known to feature the first recorded version of "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" by the Dropkick Murphys. The song would be re-recorded for The Warrior's Code, featured on the soundtrack for The Departed and would eventually become the band's biggest selling single breaking them through to a wider audience.

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Leave (Get Out)

"Leave (Get Out)" is a song by American singer JoJo from her self-titled debut studio album (2004). It was released as the album's lead single on February 24, 2004. Produced by Danish production duo Soulshock & Karlin, the song became a commercial success, reaching number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number two in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and on the European Hot 100 Singles. It also reached the top five in Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. The single was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on October 25, 2004. When the single reached number one on Billboard's Pop Songs chart, JoJo became, at age 13, the youngest solo artist to have a number-one single in the United States.

JoJo has expressed her displeasure with the song, and most of her self-titled album, for its overall pop sound. However, she is grateful that it put her on the musical map. When she would perform the song at her most recent concerts, she would arrange it to the point of being almost unrecognizable, adding jazzier instrumentation to the verses and heavier guitars or double-kick drumming to the bridge. The song appears in the 2004 PlayStation 2 karaoke game Karaoke Revolution Volume 3 and Singstar Pop Hits. On her 2011 tour, JoJo would open her set with her band playing the intro of Dropkick Murphys "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" which would then segue into "Leave".

List of songs about Boston

This article lists songs about Boston, Massachusetts, including those set there, named after a location or feature of the city, or about a notable figure associated with the city.

It is not intended to include songs where Boston is simply "name-checked" along with various other cities.

"528" by Nervous Eaters

"All Kindsa Girls" by Real Kids

"Allston, Mass" by The Allstonians

"The Allston Beat" by The Allstonians

"An Open Letter to Boston" by Mark Lind & The Unloved

"As We Walk to Fenway Park in Boston Town" by Jonathan Richman

"Back Bay Shuffle" by Artie Shaw

"Back to Boston" by The Rosebuds

"Bank of Boston Beauty Queen" by The Dresden Dolls

"Beantown" by John Cena

"Bigger Things in Mind" by Westbound Train

"Bill Lee" (Boston Red Sox pitcher, 1969–1978) by Warren Zevon

"Blue Thunder" by Galaxie 500

"Billy Ruane" by Varsity Drag (Ben Deily)

"Boston" by Augustana

"Boston" by Ed OG

"Boston" by The Byrds

"Boston" by The Dresden Dolls

"Boston" by emmet swimming

"Boston" by Horror Show

"Boston" by Kenny Chesney

"Boston" by Paulson

"Boston" by The Party of Helicopters

"Boston" by Patty Griffin

"Boston (Ladies of Cambridge)" by Vampire Weekend

"Boston (My Hometown)" by Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon

"Boston and St. John's" by Great Big Sea

"Boston Asphalt" by the Dropkick Murphys

"Boston Babies" by G.B.H.

"Boston Babies" by Slaughter & The Dogs

"Boston Band" by Jim's Big Ego

"Boston Belongs To Me" by Death Before Dishonor

"The Boston Beguine" by Sheldon Harnick

"Boston Bound" by The Kings of Nuthin'

"Boston Girl" by Didn't Planet

"Boston Jail" by Porter Wagoner

"A Boston Peace" by Say Anything

"Boston Rag" by Steely Dan

"Boston Rose" by Liam Reilly

"Boston Strong" by Jeffrey Nottonson

"Boston Subway" by The Pubcrawlers

"Boston Tea Party" by Alex Harvey (and, more recently, by Fish)

"The Boston Tea Party" by Jimmy Dorsey,(Decca, DLA-456-A)

"Boston United" by The Unseen

"Boston, USA" by The Ducky Boys

"Bostons" by Have Heart

"Bridges, Squares" by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

"Brighton Memories" by The Allstonians

"Bunker Hill" by Michael Penn

"Carl Yastrzemski" by Jess Cain

"The Chosen Few" by the Dropkick Murphys

"Christmas Time" by the Dogmatics (takes place in Kenmore Square)

"Crutch" by Buffalo Tom

"The Devil Came Up To Boston" by Adam Ezra Group

"Devils in Boston" by Samantha Crain

"Dirty Water" by The Standells

"Down Around Here" by Big D and the Kids Table

"Drivin' in Boston is Drivin' Me to Drink" by Howie Newman

"The End of Radio" by Shellac

"Etoh" by The Avalanches

"Fairmount Hill" by the Dropkick Murphys

"The Fenway" by Jonathan Richman (Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers)

"Fly Into the Mystery" by Jonathan Richman (The Modern Lovers)

"For Boston" originally by T.J. Hurley (and, more recently, by the Dropkick Murphys)

"For Boston" by The Hold Steady

"Girlfriend" by Jonathan Richman (The Modern Lovers)

"Going Out in Style" by the Dropkick Murphys

"Government Center" by Jonathan Richman (The Modern Lovers)

"Homecoming King" by Guster

"I Want My City Back" by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

"The Ice of Boston" by The Dismemberment Plan

"I'm Shipping up to Boston" by Woody Guthrie and the Dropkick Murphys from The Warrior's Code 2005, music video filmed in East Boston, (Celtic punk)

"I'm Yours Boston" by Big D and the Kids Table

"In Defense of Dorchester" by the Street Dogs

"Jackson Mann" by The Allstonians

"Just Like Larry" by Dispatch (subject of the song is former Boston Celtic and Basketball Hall of Famer Larry Bird)

"Knights of Bostonia" by State Radio

"Logan to Government Center" by Brand New

"M.T.A." by The Kingston Trio

"Mass Ave" by Willie Alexander

"Mass Pike" by The Get Up Kids

"Massachusetts Avenue" by Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra

"Midnight Rambler" by The Rolling Stones

"Modern World" by Jonathan Richman (The Modern Lovers)

"My Boston" by Big Shug

"My Sister" by Juliana Hatfield

"Never Alone" by Dropkick Murphys

"No Future (Death or Jail)" by Mark Lind

"Normal Town" by Better Than Ezra

"Pipe Bomb on Lansdowne Street" by the Dropkick Murphys

"Please Come to Boston" by Dave Loggins

"The Rascal King" by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

"Ride on Down the Highway" by Jonathan Richman (The Modern Lovers)

"Riot on Broad Street" by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

"Riverside" by The Allstonians

"Roadrunner" by Jonathan Richman (The Modern Lovers)

"Rock and Roll Band" by Boston

"Roslindale" by Birdbrain

"Savin Hill" by Street Dogs

"She's From Boston" by Kenny Chesney

"She's Got a Boyfriend Now" by Boys Like Girls

"Shining On" by Big D and the Kids Table

"Shot Heard 'Round the World" by Ween (originally from Schoolhouse Rock)

"Skinhead on the MBTA" by the Dropkick Murphys

"Still In Massachusetts" by Refuse Resist

"Southeast of Boston" by June of 44

"South End Incident" by The Beacon Street Union

"Southie Is My Hometown" by Freddie Hall

"The State of Massachusetts" by Dropkick Murphys

"Steady Riot" by Big D and the Kids Table

"Subway" by Mary Lou Lord

"Sweet Baby James" by James Taylor

"T DJ" by Freezepop

"Tessie" by Dropkick Murphys

"There's A Black Hole in the Shadow of The Pru" by American Nightmare

"They Came To Boston" by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

"This Is Boston, Not L.A." by The Freeze

"The Warrior's Code" by Dropkick Murphys (subject of the song is boxer Micky Ward)

"Time To Go" by Dropkick Murphys

"Twilight in Boston" by Jonathan Richman

"Two Soldiers" by Bob Dylan

"UK Girl (Boston Calling)" by Ellis Paul

"Walkaways" by Counting Crows

"Walk Up the Street" by Jonathan Richman (The Modern Lovers)

"Walkin' Around Boston" by Didn't Planet

"Whoever's in New England" by Reba McEntire

"Wicked Little Critta" by They Might Be Giants

"Winter Afternoon by B.U. in Boston" by Jonathan Richman

"Young New England" by Transit

Live on Lansdowne, Boston MA

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Logos and uniforms of the Boston Red Sox

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Rob Kelly (rapper)

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The Departed

The Departed is a 2006 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan. It is a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg, with Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Anthony Anderson and Alec Baldwin in supporting roles.

The film takes place in Boston. Irish Mob boss Francis "Frank" Costello (Nicholson) plants Colin Sullivan (Damon) as a mole within the Massachusetts State Police; simultaneously, the police assign undercover state trooper William "Billy" Costigan (DiCaprio) to infiltrate Costello's crew. When both sides realize the situation, Sullivan and Costigan each attempt to discover the other's identity before they are found out. The character of Colin Sullivan is loosely based on corrupt FBI agent John Connolly while the character of Frank Costello is based on gangster Whitey Bulger.The Departed was a critical and commercial success and won several awards, including four Oscars at the 79th Academy Awards, for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Film Editing; Mark Wahlberg was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

The State of Massachusetts

"The State of Massachusetts" is a song by American rock band Dropkick Murphys. It was released on February 4, 2008 as the lead single from their sixth studio album, The Meanest of Times. The song is about the effects of drugs on individuals and their families. "The State of Massachusetts" was one of the 100-most-played songs on U.S. modern rock radio in October 2007. By January 2008, the song had become one of the 60-most-played alternative rock songs in the United States. The song was #83 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007. It is the theme song to the MTV show Nitro Circus. The music video was filmed on location in the unused and abandoned Curley Auditorium on the Long Island Health Campus in Boston Harbor. The auditorium is located right next to one of the City of Boston's largest emergency homeless shelters, the Long Island Shelter.In 2013, six years after its release, the song made its first chart appearance on a Billboard chart when it peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart following the Boston Marathon bombings.

The Warrior's Code

The Warrior's Code is the fifth studio album by the Irish-American Celtic punk band, the Dropkick Murphys. Released in June 2005, it is also their bestselling. It features a dedication to Lowell's own "Irish" Micky Ward who is featured on the album's cover and is the subject of the album's title track. It is also their final record with Hellcat Records before moving to their own vanity label, Born & Bred Records.

The album features one of the band's biggest and most well known singles, "I'm Shipping Up to Boston", which the band originally released on the "Fields of Athenry" single, although it re-recorded it for The Warrior's Code. The band released the song on their own as a single in 2006. However, it became a hit after being featured in the Oscar-winning movie The Departed and its soundtrack.

The band filmed music videos for "Sunshine Highway", "The Warrior's Code" and two videos for "I'm Shipping Up to Boston", the second was used for The Departed. A video for the track "Tessie" was also filmed in 2004 when the song was released as its own single.

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